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St Giles' Cathedral

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Address: High St | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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+44 131 225 9442
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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
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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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Well worth a visit.Beautiful building and heaps of history surrounding it.Situated In middle of Royal Mile so lots of other places to visit nearby

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Gatehouse of Fleet, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited St Giles Cathedral as it is a famous tourist attraction. It is ok. Entrance is free but you are not allowed to take photos inside the Cathedral unless you purchase a photo permit of 2 pounds. We saw 2 different locations for the photo permit purchase but we were not sure if the photo permit allows you to take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit.Beautiful building and heaps of history surrounding it.Situated In middle of Royal Mile so lots of other places to visit nearby

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Newry, United Kingdom
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again this is a very well worth a visit kinda place if your on the royal mile.arcitecture is aw inspiring

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Giles' Cathedral is located on the Royal Mile and it's a brilliant place to get some quality pictures, they charge £2 when you go inside & want to take pictures which is a very low price to pay. Its free to enter & have a look around !

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Well worth dropping into this beautiful cathedral to see the Thistle Chapel where Scottish people are knighted by the Queen. The guide there will point out the Angels with Bagpipes for you :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In Edinburgh for a few days working and no time to look around, however finished at 4pm one day and decided to have a walk around the City and just came up on St Giles Cathedral which was still open so went in for a look, how glad I was that I did, it is a stunning building and well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on a wet, wild day but it was an oasis of calm. You have to take your time and absorb the atmosphere. Pay for a leaflet at the info desk and follow the numbered locations with explanations of what each feature consists of. The stained glass windows have to be studied at leisure to appreciate the workmanship. We... More 

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personally I found this cathedral too dark but that is a personal thing. The stained glass windows are stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great historical landmark of Edinburgh ! It is situated in the heart of the city and it is a serene Holy site. Definitely worth a visit !

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The cathedral is situated at the start of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Worth a visit if you like this sort of thing. It is free but we gave a donation. You can look round but are welcome to join in the timed services. The stained glass windows are amazing, and we were fortunate enough to go on a sunny... More 

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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