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Elgin Cathedral

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Address: King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1343 547171

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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Stunning building

This ruin which is in part well preserved is quite spectacular. It is a property of Historic Scotland and entry prices are fairly high which probably discourages many visitors... read more

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This ruin which is in part well preserved is quite spectacular. It is a property of Historic Scotland and entry prices are fairly high which probably discourages many visitors, which is a pity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We did not get to go inside but it is stunning from the outside. It is in the heart of Elgin so you can't miss it. I will take a closer look upon our next visit.

Thank crazykahuna
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well maintained cathedral ruins that enclose part of graveyard. Be sure to walk to the back of the ruins to see the chapel remains - I believe it is still used as a wedding site. Spend some time looking at the remaining carvings and gravestones. The climb to the top of the tower is well worth the effort as... More 

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Kenilworth, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously, the cathedral is a ruin, and currently under the care of Historic Scotland so a £7.10 adult entry fee is payable (unless you are a member/explorer of HS, English Heritage, or Cadw. It isn't a big cathedral, and it's a pretty standard layout, so at one level it is "just another ruin". However, it has a lot of history,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many things of interest in this ruined cathedral, all well presented. The Chapter House is astonishingly well preserved. A good knowledge of the ups and downs of Scottish religious and baronial skirmishes helps understanding - but the staff are very happy to explain things. I came away with a feeling of wonder that so much effort and resources... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old cathedral, some amazing stone-work considering how old this is. Has tallest gravestone in Scotland at 5m high, and many interesting other gravestones. Informative displays in towers, including some restored carved stones as new exhibition. Worth a visit.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cracking site to visit and didnt realise until we were in that you could go to the top of the tower that remains intact.. What a view even if those steps are pretty tricky with a 2 year old.

Thank Macslever
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though in ruins this cathedral is still stunning and worth a visit. The history of it is amazing as well. If it is this spectacular in ruins I can only imagine how stunning this church was in its glory. Like that their are towers you can still go up for great views. There are also some pretty sculptures along... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had just concluded our walk on the Borders visiting the abbeys so historical abbeys were on our radar. This one was a must see. Has an octagonal chapter house that is in good repair. The property is under the care of Historic Scotland and has very nicely maintained exhibits. There are several stairs to climb, but worth the effort.

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found the exhibits for this interesting as it takes you though the history of the site. It is managed by historic scotland so this is free of you gave a membership. Probably doesn't take much more than an hour to go round the whole thing but was a pleasant way to spend an hour.

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