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St Giles' Cathedral

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Address: High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 225 9442
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its...

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).

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A must see if you are touring Edinburgh. One of the finest cathedrals you could hope to visit. Amazing lead light windows and great for having a quiet moment to yourself. 2 pounds... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see if you are touring Edinburgh. One of the finest cathedrals you could hope to visit. Amazing lead light windows and great for having a quiet moment to yourself. 2 pounds to take photos is fair i believe - as it goes to the upkeep of the place, and with no admission charge, everyone who goes there should... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I popped in for a bit to check out the interior and bought a guidebook rather than paying for a photo pass. The book gives good history and has excellent photos of everything I wanted, and shows the age of all the structures inside. Beautiful place to spend some time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

St Giles cathedral is located on the royal mile in Edinburgh's old town. The cathedral is free to enter but a donation is recommended and there is a charge £3 for using cameras inside. The architecture is beautiful and there is an organ in the centre of the church. Well worth a visit.

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We attended the St Giles concert during Hogmanay. This was a beautiful setting for some very beautiful music. If you are in Edinburgh for New Years this was a good part of the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a definite place that you can't afford to miss! A place of peace and tranquility in a mad world of visitors along the Royal Mile!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love it the stained glass of the cathedral very beatiful and impressive, same constructions, decoration and imagens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was walking through here and heard God speak to me. Slightly creepy but one of those travel moments where you think 'yeah, this is sick'. Would totally recommend but would be cooler if they could do some God animations onto the walls just so there were some visuals to go with the voice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended the 10am communion service on New Years Day. The service is a wee bit "high" for my parochial prebyterian background but my Anglican fiancée felt at home. The minister was OK but the choir and organ were excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow ultimate chill out calm and serene amidst the chaos of the Royal Mile. Do not walk on by just go in and soak up the extra ordinary atmosphere in the church where John Knox preached for sixteen years. Outstandingly beautiful stained glass windows. Well worth your few coins offering not obligatory.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is free to look round the cathedral, although donations are encouraged. Do go in if you are visiting Edinburgh - it is hugely imposing and when we visited the enormous enormously loud organ was being played - it actually chilled me to the bone! The music was so powerful and was like a horror film. The Thistle chapel is... More 

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