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St Giles' Cathedral

High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
+44 131 226 0674
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We walk from Nat’l Museum of Scotland back on Chambers St. back to Greyfriars, then cross the road then walk up George IV Bridge. Walk pass Cow Gate intersection up to the next junction/George IV Bridge then turn right to St. Giles Cathedral. Look from...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful cathedral located centrally on the “Mile”. Pop in and be amazed by its’ architectural grandeur. Concerts are quite often going on at 6 pm on Saturday’s. Well worth a visit if on the ‘mile!.

Thank PamDGIL
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Reviewed 2 days ago

St Giles Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh located on the Royal Mile and also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. It's distinctive crown steeple is prominent feature of Edinburghs skyline. The Church dates back to 1124 and features beautiful stain glass...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a living church! So much a place for meeting greeting and just feeling blessed. Its all about the vibe....a wonderfully open, and magic feeling as you are surrounded by beautiful stain glass windows, white lillies, the soft fragrance of which mixes into prayer candles......More

Thank Sal M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this beautiful cathedral while visiting Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The exterior doesn’t do the interior justice. The interior is jaw dropping with amazing stained glass and a smaller room used for Knights and the Queen- 2 pounds to take photos inside this detailed...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Anyone visiting Edinburgh must make this a place to see. It's right on the Royal mile and has plenty going on very close to it. The building both inside and out are beautiful.

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice cathedral with beautiful stained glasses. Very busy and parking is expensive anywhere close by. There is a charge to take photos in addition to the requested donation to enter. Also a gift shop inside which I found distasteful for a place of worship.

Thank rachel3648
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit.they ask for a donation to go in its a beautiful cathedral not too big but has a lovely atmosphere. There were plenty of people to ask questions and enough space to light a candle or say a prayer for a loved one.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The interior of the church is quite lovely - lots of stone, stained glass, soaring ceilings. But....we almost missed the Thistle Chapel - which would have been a shame. it is simply exquisite!! The carved wood, the "totems" of the current knights of the Thistle,...More

Thank ebk16
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, I have been to Notre dame and Rome, but St Giles has something else, something special that touches the heart of even an old codger like me.

Thank Larry H
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Lorraine S
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Response from LKB310 | Reviewed this property |
No charge.
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Marg T
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.
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graham b
22 May 2017|
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Response from Oona O | 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.
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