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Address: Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1343 547171
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Enjoy some peace among the magnificent ruins of this sacred place, which...

Enjoy some peace among the magnificent ruins of this sacred place, which dates back to the 1200s. Admire the glorious west front, the sumptuous decorations and the atmospheric chapter house. There are spectacular views from the towers. An unruly nobleman burned the cathedral in 1390, and during the ferment leading to the Protestant Reformation of 1560 it was the scene of a violent attack.

Please note: The towers at Elgin Cathedral are currently closed to allow the install of a new permanent exhibition. They will reopen on 25 March 2016.

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The Elgin Cathedral is really stunning - we stayed much longer than expected and enjoyed every minute of it! The cathedral, although ruined, has been well maintained and there is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Elgin Cathedral is really stunning - we stayed much longer than expected and enjoyed every minute of it! The cathedral, although ruined, has been well maintained and there is a nice exhibition in the large part of it that still stands. This was one of the places I was thinking & telling others about long after I left Scotland!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular ruin, very interesting. Climb the tower for a wonderful view of the surrounding area. I enjoyed looking at the carvings, especially skulls and crossbones.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff informative. Small area but full of fascinating details. In good weather great views from tower.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A coachload of tourists arrived at the Cathedral , on a day I took a walk to see the building.Most of the passengers did not enter through the portal, but instead took photos through the railings. I soon found out why...the entrance fee is exorbitant. I departed without visiting, as I refuse to pay money, on principle, to enter what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are near by to the area you have visited it!Value for money price.. clean . This cathedral makes you feel like somebodyn"watchin you" .The amazing is that youncan see whole the part of the temple is not closed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Costs 7.10p to enter. Very historic.. Church music playing all over. Sometimes it was a little bit spooky. . If you are in the area you must visit it..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time visiting the Cathedral. The site is very well preserved. The climb up one of the towers is well worth the effort, as you have an amazing panoramic view of Elgin and the surrounding area. The architecture is fantastic considering how many centuries it has stood. Well worth a look if you are in Elgin.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We visited Elgin Cathedral on a beautiful sunny day in October 2016. This is an elegant ruin, how beautiful it would have been when it was intact! The recently installed sculptures exhibition was very well staged and researched. The information panels around the site are bright and informative. The welcome from the young lady in the ticket office was exemplary,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

A beautiful cathedral ruin with enough interior space that has been restored to allow informative displays, artefacts, and a wealth of both local knowledge and also historical building practices. The monuments and gravestones are fascinating with many having signs of death by plague and a spectacular view of Elgin can be had by climbing one of the towers. A must-see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

I appreciate that I am in a minority giving this site an "average" review, however my review is on the basis of what there is to see. As this building is a ruin then not a lot, though the site has great historical significance. Younger visitors will doubtless want to go to the top of the tower (left hand one... More 

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