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Elgin Cathedral

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Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ is a majestic, historic ruin situated in Elgin. Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Elgin Cathedral has a rich history...more
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Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
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All reviews chapter house well worth a visit beautiful ruin viewing platform north tower spiral staircase beautiful site historic scotland membership information boards surrounding area entrance fee interesting history worth the climb ruins graveyard gravestones exhibition
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rejoined Historic Scotland on this trip and enjoyed the benefit at this glorious cathedral. Has been on site for 800 years and suffered lots of attacks, collapses and bad weather - but is STILL here to be visited and admired. Climb to the top of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful ruin. The two towers look very nice. The building itself looks very nice. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the staff where excellent espcially the tur guide Reece hamilton and it really tells you all about the times

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Not only fascinating to look around but also perfect time to show respect for all beings who built and buried here.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

History inside here has taken over, the place is marvellous and well mantained. dont be scared bt the graves, you can learn so much things exploring the Cathedral

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

Fascinating ruin, with excellent exhibitions of carved stones and the history of the site. Amazing Chapter House which is still complete. Custodian told us what to look out for- very helpful

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

The cathedral is open, but if you want to go inside to click pictures, you'd have to buy a ticket. Not everyone can afford, but if it's something you like a lot, it's worth paying for.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

It is a nice wee cathedral in the centre of Elgin, if you go up to the summit on the tower there is a very nice view!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic view into my ancestors, researched family and found the graves to pay respect. Wonderful views from the summit of the tower. The receptionist ‘Donald’ was fantastic, took us to the exact spot where my ancestor laid in rest. Very historical, beautiful, peaceful resting place.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Researching family trees we knew that my partners ancestors were buried here. Travelling up from Surrey we came out of curiosity, Donald on reception went above and beyond for us. Not only were we given the warmest of welcomes and history of the cathedral, he...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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jtsl9
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello. You do not need to book before visiting, but we do recommend that you check for closures before setting off. This can be done on our website, by calling the site or by checking #hsclosures on Twitter. Regarding the... More
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