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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-225-6293
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A beautiful place to visit

One of the largest cathedrals I have seen in Scotland. By far one of the most impressive. I frequent this place every time in Edinburgh. Last week I was fortunate enough to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mike L
San Diego, California, United States

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the largest cathedrals I have seen in Scotland. By far one of the most impressive. I frequent this place every time in Edinburgh. Last week I was fortunate enough to hear the choir and pipe organ rehearsal. I recommend stopping by and having a look. The clergy and staff have always been very warm and welcoming.

Thank Mike L
England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice addition to Edinburgh's skyline. has a lot of character and was nice from architecture point of view. Not blown away but still was an interesting visit to this cathedral.

Thank Sal S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting visit to the Cathedral. A peaceful place to rest in the busy city centre. There was lots of interesting things to read and see around the Cathedral. Particularly to learn of the St Mary's Music School.

Thank Sarah H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I forgot how large this place is. The last time I was here was Dec. 2005 and they had lights everywhere and the manger scene with ice skating near by. This is a very nice classical cathedral. Gothic gorgeous on the outside and pretty on the inside but you can tell that it`s more of a working sanctuary than a... More 

Thank ErininOkeechobee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Went to st Mary's cathedral for our Sunday mass in the evening. Very solemn mass delivered by the priest. You will notice as well the spectacular architecture of the church when you go inside. A must see in Edinburg only walking distance from princess street in the new town.

Thank Madlsi
Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We only saw this cathedral from a distance, as we zoomed by on a bus to the zoo. Next time I'm in Edinburgh, I want to stop by however, because it certainly looked like on of the most impressive church buildings I've seen in the city. Beautiful!

Thank Chris V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

nice to look around and free but a donation would be apprecated to help with the upkeep, but is a nice cathedral

Thank bowlingboy1956
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

this church is nice and no any another comments for this just visit during the day trip in this city.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

As with all buildings of this age your breath is taken away when you walk in and you walk out with a crick in your neck looking up at the spectacular roof and architecture. The interior is full of history and is obviously a place of worship to be revered.

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Lochmaddy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Just simply beautiful and just so serene.A spectacular building inside and out.Light a candle,say a prayer and look at the beauty of this place.Really just perfect.

Thank ssimpson2015

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