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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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Lovely cathedral right on the royal mile, the stained glass windows are stunning and a must see on a sunny day.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely cathedral right on the royal mile, the stained glass windows are stunning and a must see on a sunny day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply beautiful. Free admission, but does ask for donations. Available guides for a pound to explain the history of it which was amazing.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is quite a beautiful Kirk with incredibly history. St Giles inspired me to do some research on Scotland and it's Patron Saints. Fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Central to the Royal Mile iis is worth a visit. Interesting memorials to the Scottish Regiments on the walls. Nice architecture and stained glass windows.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A stunning cathedral. Free to enter. Right in the royal mile so lots of other things to do. It was great to take a minute out and absorb the atmosphere of the cathedral. They ask for a £2 donation if you want to take pictures. 100% worth a look inside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cathedral is located right on the Royal mile so you can't miss it, the entry is free and if you want to take photo inside you need to donate £1. I usually go here every Sunday for the morning service. They are really very nice, the choir and the organ played is wonderful. I like this place very much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a great look around. Needed to find the bagpipe playing angel. We in fact found three. Lovely lady helped us.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful historical building, peaceful and serene. The stained glass windows are so lovely. We enjoyed our visit very much. It would be easy to visit this beautiful church many times and still discover more interesting things to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful cathedral with wonderful stained glass all around. Worth a visit. Cafe on site if you need a break.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to Edinburgh last weekend, on Saturday afternoon we dived in here really just to get out of the cold for a few minutes! However what a place! Tranquil, charming and v interesting! Full of history- well worth a visit.

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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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