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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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Thank miraclemine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Thank familytree78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank Peter N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Thank arjavparikh
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
Thank XxHighlandLordxX
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
Thank baexecutive
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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Reviewed December 10, 2018

years ago, I was the happy Mum of two beautiful girls. I used to take them for days out to castles and places of historic interest like this place. I still revisit and it brings back those lovely memories as they are both grown up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Was interested by the history of the cathedral and very impressed by my visit. The two towers at the front are still intact so you are able to climb to the top of one and get an amazing view

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

We love te go visit ruins and it history. This beeing one of them, it is very impressive and nice. Shame it’s quit expensive to enter.

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 18, 2015|
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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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