St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

St. Mary's Cathedral
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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The area
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Neighborhood: West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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4.5
340 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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suzanne r
27 contributions
A peaceful haven tucked away
Aug 2021 • Couples
What an amazing church to see, the windows are a treat for the eyes. We were welcomed and hubby had all his questions answered by these knowledgeable people.
The cathedral has a calm effect about it and they also have a prayer tree you can right your message and they will pray for you when the tree is emptied.
Definitely worth a visit if you are near, free of charge but you can leave a donation via card or cash if you wish.
Written August 17, 2021
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Andrew L
Barbados687 contributions
Beautiful architecture
Jul 2021 • Couples
Beautiful architecture and beautiful scenery, lovely setting, one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh is on the site, which you can see as you walk through the church site.
Written July 29, 2021
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glennharrold
Scotland, UK3,024 contributions
Interesting carhderal
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely cathedral with beautiful stained glass and altar - worth a visit! Some amazing brass decor and plaques.
Written May 1, 2021
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Sam3314
Derby, UK1,620 contributions
The Prescence
Oct 2020
Lovely cathedral in the West End of Edinburgh. Discovered this on a walk through the West End. Lovely to enter and enjoy the tranquility and Gilbert Scott architecture. Both versions of The Presence are here which are very moving
Written October 7, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,542 contributions
A beautiful cathedral in Edinburgh
Oct 2019
Beautiful cathedral the outside architecture is outstanding. It was built in the late 19th century in the West End of Edinburgh's New Town. Beautiful exterior, interesting interior. The Church is wonderful in its simplicity. Interesting history, there were not too many people and it was nice to see this cathedral in peace and quiet. A place worth visiting.
Written August 29, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
Biggest in Scotland
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a very impressive church with 3 spires. In the new town so about 10 minutes walk from Princess Street. It as the most fabulous alter. Large cavernous interior but some may find quite dark. Nice selection of stained glass windows.
Written January 26, 2020
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Marianne C
Burnham, UK840 contributions
Impressive
Dec 2019 • Family
Smaller than we expected, quite dark inside, but Admittedly a winters day....the organ was in pieces while they redo it, im summary probably more impressive from the outside than the inside.
Written December 29, 2019
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the Don
Aliso Viejo, CA126 contributions
Pop In
Dec 2019
Beautiful Cathedral on a path between 2 castles. Not as "grand" as many other cathedrals in Europe but who cares.. do stop in as it is well preserved and beautiful house of worship.
Written December 27, 2019
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Ronald B
The Hague, The Netherlands2,262 contributions
Nice
Oct 2019
As most cathedrals this also an interesting one.nice stop during a city walk. Pleasant when it rains or on a hot day.
Written December 19, 2019
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Sco
Aberdeen, UK4,098 contributions
Solitude
Dec 2019
On a dreich December's evening, we decided to walk into this splendid cathedral. I sat and took in the grand surroundings.
The organist was quietly practising, with about 5 visitors listening to his talent. Individuals were lighting candles to remember loved ones. Solitude.
£1500 a day for this Cathedral's upkeep. Wow!
Written December 12, 2019
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