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St Giles' Cathedral

High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
+44 131 226 0674
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

There was a beautiful organ, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of grandeur I expect from a European Cathedral.

Thank CynFine
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was fortunate enough to be in Edinburgh on Sunday morning and able to attend service. It was very nice, traditional and of course in one of the most historic churches in the world. We were respectfully asked if we were there to attend, and when...More

Thank Butch B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went to the St. Giles gift shop and then toured the cathedral. Beautiful stained glass windows and lovely architecture. Very peaceful and uplifting.

Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We found the outside of this church very drab...so much so we almost skipped visiting it...the moment we stepped inside our impression totally changed...the stone floors and stone arching spires are truly works of art...the best part is the stained glass windows...we were there on...More

Thank Les R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely cathedral of the Presbyterian variety...the High Kirk of Scotland. The architecture is wonderful. Be sure to make your way around the interior where you will find the small but exquisite Thistle Chapel. There are ongoing concerts during the year so check...More

Thank siriusjane
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful worship space and a lovely cafe downstairs (and not crowded!). It's worth it to pay for the photo pass - support the church and get some great photos.

Thank AtlantaPepper
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely cathedral. Was a choir singing, spent a pleasant time listening to them. There was also a short service which I stayed for. Nothing is forced on you. Lovely stained glass window well worth spending time admiring. Would definitely visit again.

Thank guinness917
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The cafe had wonderful food and clean, free bathrooms. As others have mentioned the stained glass windows are beautiful (there is a small photo permit fee). Music performances are magical there.

Thank mmyoung18
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A big church with interesting stained glass windows. But a 2 Pound charge to take pictures. Please. Apparently not really enforced however .

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were absolutely enchanted while visiting this lovely cathedral. The stain glass is marvelous, a young lady was singing accompanied by an organist during the day, and we attneded an operatic concert in the evening on Sunday. Absolutely gorgeous!

Thank David K
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Lorraine S
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Response from LKB310 | Reviewed this property |
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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.
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graham b
21 May 2017|
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Response from Oona O | Reviewed this property |
Couldn't agree more that Edinburgh is better with public transport. The public transport system is really quite great, and parking and navigating Edinburgh has been a bit of a nightmare for me.
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