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“A visit is a must” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles' Cathedral
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Edinburgh Guided Walking Tour
Ranked #21 of 336 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen). Please do not book any tours through TripAdvisor, as they are not endorsed by the cathedral.
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
“A visit is a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. You can go around this place in 30 mins or 3 hours depending on how much you want to take in. There are many many memorials and citations for brave soldiers of past wars along with this strong military theme, the stained glass windows and beautiful medievil stonework it is a functional place of worship and somewhere you can have a moment of peace amongst the hussle and bussle of the Royal Mile

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful but take change in your pocket”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

Lovely church, and very beautiful features and stained glass. However two things bugged me. First, the alter being in the centre of the church. Very unusual. Secondly, if you want to do anything in this church: walk in, take a photo, light a candle, see the old part of the church, costs you a donation at each point. I don't mind paying, but to do all of the above costs £8-£9. Why not just take some money at the door from everyone. Its a must see though. Just walk around is my recommendation

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

You are guaranteed to walk past here, so do yourself a favour and pop in. A beautiful interior to admire, lots of quiet space to rest or contemplate. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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“At the heart of Scottish history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

...and in the heart of the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral is worth visiting. There is no "entry fee" as such, but they do ask for a donation, and an extra bit for permission to take photographs. Don't miss the Thistle Chapel, which looks ancient but isn't, and ask a docent to show you the bagpiping angels.

Visited September 2012
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Adrian, Michigan
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“A Beautiful Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

St. Giles stands out on the Royal Mile as a landmark structure. The exterior is impressive and the interior is also magnificent. The self-guided tour brochure allowed me to find all of the interesting landmarks inside the church. They requested a 3-pound donation for the tour. It is worth the 2-pound extra fee for photography as there are several picture-worthy items of interest in the cathedral. The Thistle Chapel is particularly remarkable and photo-worthy. It only takes a few minutes to look around to see everything. It is worth stepping in to see this structure while you are on the Royal Mile.

Visited January 2013
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