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St Giles' Cathedral

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Address: High St | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 9442
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Beautiful church

Wonderful stained glass windows worth popping in for a look when walking down The Royal Mile. If you want to take pictures there is a £2 charge but worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Guildford, United Kingdom

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful stained glass windows worth popping in for a look when walking down The Royal Mile. If you want to take pictures there is a £2 charge but worth it.

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A long walk up many steps to get here, but worth it. Not an over the top Cathedral Bhutan interesting place of worship. Good Scottish architecture.

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Thank David P
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

St Giles is a fascinating place and well worth a visit. A highlight of the visit is the roof tour. From here you see a different view of the Royal Mile and when in the clock tower it is possible to see the working clock mechanism and if you are lucky you can watch and hear the clock chime.

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Thank Reggie B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Allow at least an hour to explore the Cathederal, look up as well as down and explore every nook and cranny. The Thistle chapel is so worth a visit

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Raunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the stained glass windows are wonderful and a joy to see, inside the architecture is amazing, there was no service whilst we there but it would be good to see one there. if you are in the Royal mile its well worth seeing

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really liked looking around St Giles, and seeing the stained glass, etc. However, it's probably only enjoyable if you're the sort of person who is into visiting churches.

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Thank HvarYouTheCaptain
Newport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the roof top tour. Some nice views over Edinburgh and good history of the cathedral / church. Bit claustrophobic walking up narrow winding steps but not too bad. Go and book first then return at the designated time to do the roof top tour as it only runs at specific times with a limited number of spaces.

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Thank Matthew C
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely worth stopping by this Catherdral on the Royal Mile. The colourful windows are great and the Thistle Chapel where the Queen holds a yearly session with her knights is amazing.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

St Giles is a huge cathedral located at the top of the royal mile, just down from the Castle. It has a brilliant choir, and a fantastic organ. It obviously has special memories for me, as I was married there 24 years ago! Went back for Christmas Eve and the place was packed.

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Thank Mark C
Renfrewshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit lovely building and and a lot of very important Scottish history in the church life and convenient in location on Royal mile

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