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Elgin Cathedral

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Address: Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
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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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Fantastic Historical Ruin

Well worth a visit, a beautiful ruin and a wonderful reminder of Elgin's rich and complex history!...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit, a beautiful ruin and a wonderful reminder of Elgin's rich and complex history!...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A little slice of history in the midst of the town! You can take some stunning photos of the ruins on a clear day.

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Thank ItTastesLikeFeet
Forres, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit to this local cathedral, and I was impressed by the tasteful and informative conversion. It has been adapted for tourists inside and out, and is easy to navigate, although some may find some of the steps up to the tops of the highest point a little tricky. Worth the admission price.

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Thank donnamclean71
Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral is still in very good condition and worth the walk around. The sight from the towers over elgin is great

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nottingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great trip this morning. The sun was shining and the winds had died. The grounds are great for those grave stone reading, Contemplating life moments. With chunks of history thrown in. The staff member was helpful and full of knowledge. There is a good amount of restoration occurring behind the scenes and there are various rooms you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views from the top. Check out the head stones in the grounds too . Amazing. Well worth a visit

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong there is a rich history here and it is very well presented on the various boards dotted around, however that is where my own personal enjoyment ended as this is very much a skeleton rather than a marvel of architecture. It is though close to local shops and a couple of decent café's.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ruin is a bit pricey to visit but well worth it . The man on the desk was so helpful and knew his stuff that he brought the place alive. We were the only ones wandering around arrived at 3 and had the last hour to ourselves. There are loads of information plaques and the towers hold all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful cathedral with new exhibits to explore. Worth seeing in the summer on a nice day. Good access to city centre and right next to the Biblical Gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Elgin Cathedral is really stunning - we stayed much longer than expected and enjoyed every minute of it! The cathedral, although ruined, has been well maintained and there is a nice exhibition in the large part of it that still stands. This was one of the places I was thinking & telling others about long after I left Scotland!

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