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“Must to see in Aberdeen” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of St Machar's Cathedral

St Machar's Cathedral
Ranked #9 of 149 things to do in Aberdeen
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Warsaw, Poland
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88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Must to see in Aberdeen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

One of the must to see places in Aberdeen. Historical building in the quiet environment constituting old city together with very close University of Aberdeen. There is no entrance fee but you can make a donation. There are leaflets in different languages (even Polish that is not a case in even the most popular places) so you can read all history that is very interesting. Lady selling post cards was very helpful and explained all additional questions.

Visited December 2012
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Crook of the Shepherd”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

A historic cathedral which not only provides regular worship opportunities but is host to a series of musical and other events. For example The Bach Choir performs here. New minisiter is Rev Jane Barron, the first female cleric in a long and distinguished history. A well stocked shop with quality items is available and visitors are made welcome during the week. A detailed booklet reveals the mysteries of the magnificent heraldic ceiling and other features. Acoustics are first rate when hosting special events such as on Remembrance Sunday.
A living committed congregation. Bell ringers welcome you to this wonderful church.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank donhawthorn
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162 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“A beautiful, still and historic building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a wonderful building - from the outside it could only be in Scotland! Inside it is calm and very special - the ceiling, the tombs, the fact that although there is so much that is old, it is also a place which is growing, it is not standing still. There is someone on hand to answer any questions - not in a well rehearsed or rote way, but with a sense of delight in the cathedral. The graveyard is worth looking round - it makes you think how lucky we are today. The old town and university are also lovely to walk around, though the Botanic gardens are closed in Winter.
We travelled from Aberdeen centre on a no.1 bus - you can also catch no. 2 and , I think, no.20. The bus drivers will direct you and I recommend the firstday bus pass - £4+ for the day, and you can catch the no.15 to the beach and/ or Footdee later on!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Jean W
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Aberlour, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

There is fantastic history, beautiful stained glass and happy memories of attending a renewal of vows here. Peaceful and tranquil church.

Visited March 2012
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Was at St Machar for a wedding over the weekend. I can't believe how long I have lived in Aberdeen and not known it existed. It is stunning inside. It helped that the sun was shining outside too.

The cathedral really is breathtaking. Would highly recommend a visit.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank sjm90
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