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St Giles' Cathedral

High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
+44 131 225 9442
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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.
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High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 9442
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to have a look around building inside and outside lovely to look at. There's no charge but you can donate if you wish.

Thank KITTEN86
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stunning cathedral and free to have a look round I lit a candle for loved one that have passed this place is a must to visit

Thank Kaz W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful cathedral, stained windows tells the story of Jesus Christ. Beautiful... £2 required for photo taking in the cathedral which was alright.

Thank 520jeank
Reviewed 4 days ago

Enjoyed a candlelit concert here recently. Beautiful Cathedral and well worth a visit. Beside the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful cathedral, so much history and stunning stained glass windows. Free entry and a peaceful place for a moment of reflection. Only a £2 donation to take photos and worth it to help the maintenance of the cathedral.

Thank Hayley R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Filled in a little time here on or last day in Edinburgh. A compact cathedral, but still with some hidden gems to witness. The chapel in particular was stunning.

Thank Frank R
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a typical Protestant church, and a famous enough one at that. There is a wonderful side chapel, however it is only opened during certain hours. Knox was originally interred in what is now the car park and there is a plaque in parking...More

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the perfect cathedral to stop in and look around, for free. We did see signs asking for 2 pounds to take photos inside, but we didn't have cash and so did not take any pictures. We enjoyed looking around, however, very peaceful and...More

Thank Allison B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right in the middle of the Royal mile, St. Giles' cathedral is hard to miss. The church has beautiful stained glass windows and really reminds you of the bygone era. Can get quite crowded in the high season.

Thank Mistymauve1
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very beautiful church with stained glass windows that are amazing, we only had half and hour as the church was closing. But a lovely place well worth a visit.

Thank leighh906
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Lorraine S
24 October 2017|
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Response from LKB310 | Reviewed this property |
No charge.
Marg T
11 June 2017|
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Response from wandr2015 | Reviewed this property |
I certainly heard bagpipes, but cannot verify that they are always there - though I imagine so. They were being played each day at the Market bus terminus too.
graham b
21 May 2017|
Response from ExploreGB | Reviewed this property |
Not at St Gile's but there is parking in adjacent streets. Public transport is best for Edinburgh.