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St Giles' Cathedral

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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...more
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High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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All reviews stained glass royal mile take photos john knox photo permit high kirk pipe organ light a candle lovely church old church worth a visit free entry gift shop lots of history donation architecture choir
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Reviewed yesterday

As Canadian Presbyterians, many of our religious traditions were born here with John Knox. Very neat architecture, reminded us of our church in Canada.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dbast
Reviewed 3 days ago

A place of worship, a place of prayer and a place of great historical interest. Absolutely the cathedral needs finance to maintain the building and all its other costs. However, the notice at the entrance stating that it will cost £5 to enter the church,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ian M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A worthwhile visit and if you are lucky there will be beautiful music playing in the main church during your visit

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank treesandtravels2019
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, I love the crown top of this cathedral. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be inside. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bibcay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, I agree with other reviewers about the signs requesting payment - I think that £5 per person and £2 for a ‘photo pass’ is excessive for what there is to see (particularly given there’s little contextual information provided). The sign stating the £5 entry...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 2011lap
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here right after it opened, on our way to Edinburgh Castle. It was a great time to visit as it was quiet with only a few people inside. However the organist was playing and we all enjoyed the beautiful music as we looked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank travelbuddyUsa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredibly beautiful and not to be missed. Factor in minimum of 25 mins. Certainly has the wow factor. Photo passes £2. Good gift shop selling things similar to gift shops outside on the Royal Mile.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 959KateW959
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have passed by here hundreds of times and never gone inside. I’m so glad I did - what a lovely building inside and out.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LynnM159
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting Edinburgh Caste, we descended the hill, crossed the Royal Mile, to see St. Giles' cathedral. Its crown shaped spire was amazing. Young couple come here to get married. Go to rooftop and enjoy the beautiful and spectacular views of the Royal Mile.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ranjanapathak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended the 11:30 a.m. Christmas Service. A front row seat in a full cathedral of people, just waiting for me. It was meant to be. It was beautiful in every way. I am so greatful to have gone.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elane B
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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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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|
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Response from reviewjunkie89 | 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.