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St Giles' Cathedral

High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
+44 131 225 9442
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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
Old Town
+44 131 225 9442
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This cathedral, like most structures in Edinburgh, is gorgeous. And unlike most cathedrals we entered in England, they allow you to take photos for a 2 pound donation. Memorials to many famous Scots inside, great history, and a nice dry place in a downpour.

Thank marafromnowhere
Reviewed 2 days ago

After viewing the beautiful cathedral we went downstairs and stopped for lunch in the cafe. The food was all fresh and locally sourced and there was plenty of seating. We ordered two hot meals that kept us going on all day. This was most appreciated...More

Thank B M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic place to visit. Architecture of St. Giles is unlike any other. Small donation requested to maintain and another to take photos but well worth the trip.

Thank ssmith302
Reviewed 2 days ago

Incredible architecture and attention to detail abound. A lovely place to spend some time while visiting the Royal Mile.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Take a quick break from the crowds on Royal Mile, and step inside this beautiful cathedral for a moment of calm and to take in the soaring ceilings and stunning stained glass. There's no admission charge, but if you want to take photos they ask...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The cathedral was moderately interesting, but they charge 2 pounds for a photo permit! Plus they have a cafe and gift shop as part of the cathedral. Sort of odd...

Thank cbanon
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The church is lovely and our visit was made even better with a personal tour by Archie, one of the Docents, who explained the history of St Mungo and his miracles to us!

Thank Gail H
Reviewed 4 days ago

St. Giles was on our list of places to see in Edinburgh, and I'm so glad we went. It was one of our first stops along the Royal Mile. The cathedral is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. It has amazing architecture and stained glass windows....More

Thank CaitlinAnnC
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really beautiful cathedral. Gothic style I think. A wonderful choir were singing during our visit which added to the atmosphere. Uplifting!

Thank apb345
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful stained glass windows. Full of history. Recommended. Very peaceful and we lit some candles whilst we were there.

Thank NDRT
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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Marg T
Bagpipes being played on the royal mile. Will there normally be pipers on the royal mile? Plan to wander down from castle as I cannot walk up hill due to back surgery. Thanks in advance. We are going this Wednesday 🎩🎩🎶🎶🎶
12 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
is there parking
22 May 2017|
Response from ExploreGB | Reviewed this property |
Not at St Gile's but there is parking in adjacent streets. Public transport is best for Edinburgh.