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Elgin Cathedral

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Address: Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
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+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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Beautiful ruins

A gorgeous large set of ruins that are very photogenic. The cathedral is open all year. We thought it was a bit expensive... if you want to view the ruins, you can walk all round... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Moray, United Kingdom
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Ware, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped on the off chance. Was great to see so much still standing and preserved. It was a Scottish run site not national trust therefore was what I felt was steep but there was a lot to be seen and take in

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Moray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A gorgeous large set of ruins that are very photogenic. The cathedral is open all year. We thought it was a bit expensive... if you want to view the ruins, you can walk all round the fence that surrounds it and take photographs from every different angle without having to pay. Paying to go inside, you'll get to see loads... More 

Thank fiona07
Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This a great historic site . You can see a great view of Elgin from the top of the tower. Very informative and Passionate staff always happy to help. Well worth a visit for all the people who like history and great for a photo opportunaty .

Thank Trudi B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wounderful place to visit if you like visiting historical places spent about 2 hours here. Staff where very helpful and at hand if you have questions. Plenty to see inside and you can get some amazing pictures from the viewing platform at the top.

Thank Alex C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely old place. the staff were helpful and great were on hand to answer questions and give great local advice

Thank Th3M4inB0thy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit, a beautiful ruin and a wonderful reminder of Elgin's rich and complex history!...

Thank Doozersdo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

A little slice of history in the midst of the town! You can take some stunning photos of the ruins on a clear day.

Thank ItTastesLikeFeet
Forres, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

My first visit to this local cathedral, and I was impressed by the tasteful and informative conversion. It has been adapted for tourists inside and out, and is easy to navigate, although some may find some of the steps up to the tops of the highest point a little tricky. Worth the admission price.

Thank donnamclean71
Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

The cathedral is still in very good condition and worth the walk around. The sight from the towers over elgin is great

Thank marionnorton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

This was a great trip this morning. The sun was shining and the winds had died. The grounds are great for those grave stone reading, Contemplating life moments. With chunks of history thrown in. The staff member was helpful and full of knowledge. There is a good amount of restoration occurring behind the scenes and there are various rooms you... More 

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