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Elgin Cathedral

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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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We had already visited the Cathedral some time ago but were attracted back to see the new exhibition of well-preserved carvings, mostly heads and figures/animals. Dating from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had already visited the Cathedral some time ago but were attracted back to see the new exhibition of well-preserved carvings, mostly heads and figures/animals. Dating from the 15th century mostly these are housed in well set out rooms in the 2 towers. Nicely lit with interpretive panels which also explain where in the Cathedral they might have been situated.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful visit to Elgin Cathedral.Well worth visiting.Also visit Elgin's Biblical gardens too,So beautiful and peachful.

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Thank Simon D
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Talk about exceeding expectations: I anticipated a pleasant afternoon perusing some (very interesting & beautiful) ruins while the girls were off buying cashmere nearby (!); instead, I chanced upon the exhibition offering superb interpretation about the masonry & artwork, including a superb laser-light feature bringing one of the bare effigies "back" to its original painted state. I spent hours here,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

great place spent the day here and had a picnic very historic place . great place for weddi g photos

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Bucharest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we arrive at the premises after the closing hours, so possibility to walk trough. But we could circle it from outside the fence and see it anyway. Don't miss the Biblical garden just there on one side of the premises.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a lovely place to go and see! So much little parts to look at, we spent a good while here and it wasn't too busy either which was a massive boost. There was a tower where you could go all the way to the top and could view the whole cathedral and it was stunning, magnificent views! There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is/was a magnificent building. You come away in awe when you think of the toil that went into it's building and it's demise caused by the old Catholic vs. Protestant feuds that boiled over centuries back. The antithesis of Elgin Cathedral would have to be Glasgow Cathedral which is intact, a functioning Catholic church and magnificent to this day.

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Thank Michael L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruinous cathedral in Elgin is a must if you're passing through. It's a National Trust of Scotland site, so membership will make the deal sweeter, but it was worth the ticket price anyway. You can go up one of the tall towers, and the views of Elgin and the countryside are pretty awesome. The entire family loved spending a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to see the cathedral but was put off by the price of £7.10. You can see most of the cathedral from outside the grounds and it was difficult to assess what you were getting for your money other than a climb up one of the towers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see most of the cathedral from outside the fenced area. It does cost 7 pounds to go inside the grounds of the property. A well preserved cathedral. There is a small gift shop.

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