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Elgin Cathedral

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Address: Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
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+44 1343 547171

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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Breath taking

Unfortunately we arrived too late to walk inside the gated property, but we were able to walk the outside perimeter and saw plenty. It is enormous and beautiful leaving you with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary A
Centreville, Virginia
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Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately we arrived too late to walk inside the gated property, but we were able to walk the outside perimeter and saw plenty. It is enormous and beautiful leaving you with your imagination running wild. Definitely worth a walk around. Check out the Biblical Garden on the north side.Elgin has done a great job or placing info boards around town,... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited numerous Historic Scotland properties during our time in Scotland and this was a late addition. After visiting it should be a must see. Though it is a ruin, enough components of the structure remain to provide a sense of scale for what was once a massive, majestic cathedral. Historic Scotland has put together a wonderful and informative exhibition... More 

1 Thank Kevin P
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having spare time after a meeting decided to visit the Cathedral. This did not disappoint. The Staff explained how to tour the Cathedral and 21st technology has been introduced to show what some things looked like. My high point is The Chapter House. It's architecture a first for design at that time and inside is just as amazing. I will... More 

1 Thank 780salmonman
Roma, Italia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are not just ruins: this cathedral is still a witness of its glorious past, and so are all the fragments, stones, arches and tombs. Wonderful Gothic architecture, and a great exhibition with all the necessary explanation for the visitor to understand the construction layers. Last but not least the great view from atop the tower.

Thank Luobota
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite Historic Scotland properties. Knowledgeable staff and lots to see. Although much of the building is ruined, it is still possible to access the towers and to view the tombs that once sat at the heart of the Cathedral. It's a beautiful ruin and very easy to get to.

1 Thank Alison M
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is amazing to visit ruins from a medieval Catedral. In this case, one can deepth in the details of rocks and construction plans. Much knowlegde in this site.

Thank Marcio-A36
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Although in ruins this cathedral is simply beautiful and breath taking. The few remaining built areas show real art / craftsmanship. I can imagine if it was still intact it would be one of the biggest and most beautiful cathedrals around!

Thank Debbie X
Salt Lake City
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

They have modernized the two front towers we were told. In the right front tower there is the effigy of Sir Archibald that was uncovered about 80 years ago. They have made a laser light show to show how he was dressed and the damage done over the years during the restoration period (1500's). In the left tower you can... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing ruins with a lot of rich history around them. The graves were fascinating to read and explore. Passed a few hours in Elgin while waiting :)

1 Thank IslaTravels
Elgin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

I have walked around and through this place for decades. Now however they charge over £7 for locals to have a quick look round (fiver + for kids) I'm all for charging a fee however this is just too much and kids should go free. So instead, back to the old days of just walking through from the other side... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Elgin Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding Elgin Cathedral. The admission costs for Elgin Cathedral are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those wanting to explore a... More 

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