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St Giles' Cathedral

High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
+44 131 225 9442
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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). Please do not book any tours through TripAdvisor, as they are not endorsed by the cathedral.
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High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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+44 131 225 9442
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful church. Interesting part is the Thistle Chapel. It also has a copy of the National Covenant.

Thank Janet K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took a quick spin through this week. It's a lovely bit of old world cathedrally type arcitecture. It's easy to access and is interesting to stroll through if you enjoy this type of thing.

Thank Aanuvane
Reviewed yesterday

St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the...More

Thank R K
Reviewed yesterday

My wife loves architecture and churches. Admission is free with a request for donations--you will feel bad not throwing in a couple of pounds for building upkeep because it is pretty awesome.

Thank Jackie C
Reviewed yesterday

Just walking around and sitting in a pew was very peaceful. The gift shop had many things to purchase. I found a lovely Celtic Cross, that i purchased for a gift.

Thank normaa168
Reviewed yesterday

A sanctuary in every respect on the "Royal Mile". Beautiful building with stunning architecture and such a serene atmosphere. i would love to hear some music or gregorian chanting to complete the concept The " Clan Room " has amazing wood carvings everywhere

Thank scotfre
Reviewed yesterday

Be sure to got too the thistle catheral we were impressed by the wood carvings there, else it is extremely tourisik and often does not feel like a church.

Thank psibot
Reviewed 2 days ago

This church is called by some the "Mother Church of the Presbyterianism". As a former Presbyterian missionary I was quite interested in visiting this church. It's certainly a beautiful church but with so many tourists inside it really took away the true beauty of this...More

Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 2 days ago

You are going to pass it, so go in. It's free. The windows are great - large stain glass pieces. Worth about 20 min of your time.

Thank brandasa
Reviewed 2 days ago

Inside and out, this was a beautiful cathedral. You can pay a minimal fee and be permitted to take pictures inside. A few people didn't bother paying the fee, but I think that's disrespectful.

Thank Robert E
Old Town
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
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Marg T
June 11, 2017|
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Response from wandr2015 | Reviewed this property |
I certainly heard bagpipes, but cannot verify that they are always there - though I imagine so. They were being played each day at the Market bus terminus too.
graham b
May 21, 2017|
Response from ExploreGB | Reviewed this property |
Not at St Gile's but there is parking in adjacent streets. Public transport is best for Edinburgh.