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St Giles' Cathedral

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Address: High St | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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+44 131 225 9442
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its...

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).

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A beautiful church in the heart of Edinburgh...

A lovely church in the heart of Edinburgh, with beautiful stained glass windows and the poignant Thistle Chapel (extra charge, also for photography)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lovely church in the heart of Edinburgh, with beautiful stained glass windows and the poignant Thistle Chapel (extra charge, also for photography)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a definite must see while in Edinburgh. Lovely stain glass windows and the architecture is simple amazing! Very peaceful and wonderfully spiritual - light a candle for loved ones.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cathedral is very interesting and is a working church. Is on the Royal Mile so easy to see along the way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful building with an amazing history. I recommend seeing the National Covenant and hearing about the incredible story behind it. Keep an eye out for the Angel playing bagpipes! Outside is the Heart of Midlothian.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth a quick visit, but no biggie unless a big fan of churches. The Thistle part of the cathedral is interesting for its ornate pews

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

wonderful outpost of heaven like all cathedrals and churhces, stunning inside, lots of history. light a candle when you are there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always a beautiful site...wonderful place to sit and absord the peace after a stroll along the Royal Mile. The organ is amazing! Be sure to ask about the "heart" shape of stones on the ground outside the Catherdral!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I truly think that this is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've visited. Amazing windows, brilliant colours and lovely location. As I said, if I believed in marriage, I would like to get married in there.

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Very grand building beautiful inside definitely worth a look see. They ask for a minimum donation of £2 to take photos definitely worth it as absolutely beautiful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see if you are touring Edinburgh. One of the finest cathedrals you could hope to visit. Amazing lead light windows and great for having a quiet moment to yourself. 2 pounds to take photos is fair i believe - as it goes to the upkeep of the place, and with no admission charge, everyone who goes there should... More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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