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Review of Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral
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Owner description: Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ is a majestic, historic ruin situated in Elgin. Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Elgin Cathedral has a rich history - it was badly fire damaged in 1390 following an attack by Robert III's brother Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, who was also known as the ‘Wolf of Badenoch’. The two towers of the West Front and the Chapter House are intact and open to the public and the climb is rewarded with magnificent views of the town of Elgin. The top of the tower has an open viewing platform with information boards highlighting the visible landmarks. The ceiling of the chapter house is considered to be one of the country’s finest octagonal structures and those with a keen eye may still see traces of gold paint. Joint ticket with Spynie Palace available: Adult £9 Child £5.40 Concession £7
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Stunning ruins with one building still completely intact. Gorgeous views from the top of the gate tower. Anyone with any interest in history will enjoy walking the site. Very evocative of times gone by.

Easily walkable from the downtown pedestrian shopping area.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

this is a dramatic ruin, full of character with towers intact. It's not a place to go in the rain, very open, but is worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 1 October 2013

The ruins of a grand cathedral, parts dating back to the 13th C. There is an intact chapter house and a tower to climb with good views of the town. Well worth a visit for those interested in historic ruins.

Thank rickey60
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

If you are interested in ruined historical buildings then this is worth a visit.
History of the Cathedral is very well explained on information boards situated around the site so making it easier to imagine what the remaining structure must have looked like..

Thank Charles H
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Elgin Cathedral was a great stop. it's beautifully maintained, hard to believe it's almost 900 years old. most of the structure is missing but there are towers you can walk up to see the view. the stairs to the top aren't well marked, walk into the bottom of the tower closest to the ticket kiosk and start climbing. the view from up there is spectacular

Thank BobbyK312
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