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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Architecture, stained glass windows

Must pay to take pictures inside; otherwise free. Beautiful old church with a long history but does not hold services any more. Can walk through and view it all including the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Must pay to take pictures inside; otherwise free. Beautiful old church with a long history but does not hold services any more. Can walk through and view it all including the beautiful windows so a bright day may be better.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

St. Giles' is worth a visit. A well preserved medieval cathedral. Photos allowed with a £2 donation. There was an exhibition of fabric pictures of stories from the book of revelations. Really colourful and inspiring.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On my many travels abroad I try to find a beautiful & peaceful Cathedral to light a candle for my mom, who always visited cathedrals when she visited abroad. Now that she has passed away I try to carry on the tradition. This place she would of loved !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quiet and beautiful place off the Royal Mile. Definitely worht a vist. Pay 2 pounds and they all pictures with a tripod too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful surroundings with stunning stained glass, good standard of music but generally not uplifted by the monosyllabic tones of the minister, needed some light and shade to engage the congregation. Not terribly welcoming

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a wonderful church!! The architecture is amazing and the gothic part is also nice!! And the visit is free of charge which is rare now a days!! Great chirch overall!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is comparable to the Notre Dame in Paris, but St. Giles' seems a bit bigger with a central altar. Guest paid 2 pounds to take photos, however individuals who came 5 minutes before the church closed got to take pictures at no charge. As noisy and busy as it was outside, the church was surprisingly quiet. Its a nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most calm place in the world. Amazing volunteers, ask for Jamie if he's still there. Architecture, history, and peace

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Compared to, for example, Italian cathedrals, Scots houses of worship can come off as a bit dour. St. Giles is pretty with very pretty windows, but doesn't leave you gasping at the beauty of it all the way some other great city's churches do. The church is still in active use, and for that reason, perhaps, opportunities to learn abut... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Allow yourself plenty of time to walk thru the Cathedral and soak up the history and beautiful architecture.

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