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Elgin Cathedral

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“beautiful ruin”(13 reviews)
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...more
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Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
+44 1343 547171
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All reviews chapter house well worth a visit beautiful ruin viewing platform north tower spiral staircase beautiful site historic scotland membership information boards entrance fee surrounding area interesting history worth the climb ruins graveyard carvings gravestones
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a fantastic place to visit but be aware if you want to get to the top of the tower its a walk up a very small and winding staircase. The towers are lovely and have interesting stones and the bishops story in the...More

Thank EAN44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not loads to do here but worth the visit to head up the cathedral towers with some great views. Well preserved and steeped in history we were not disappointed Note we have English heritage membership through our bank and this is not valid. You need...More

Thank andrewpC4630RD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elgin Cathedral is definitely not your usual relic. The history behind its construction and the reason behind it's destruction is another piece to Scotland's history and the harshness of life on this amazing and during the early years. A walk up the top of the...More

Thank Fishnstitch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place had far more to look at than i had imagined the guy on the reception was great very helpful even came out side while i was looking around and pointed me in the direction of some things i hadnt found packed full great...More

Thank Adam C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the ancient name for this well appointed Cathedral ruin. Wonderful history and good easy to get around. Worth the trip.

Thank flygirl215
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from the fact that history goers recognise that having a cathedral gives you CITY status which some idiot in government has apparently withdrawn from Elgin. This is a much improved historic scotland site which has been transformed from my cjilhood days of running over...More

Thank iainmcleod
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a beautiful ruin and steeped in so much history, the staff are lovely and very knowledgeable about the site, you need a good hour at least to take in the whole site!

Thank 54clover
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This was a fascinating place with towers you can still ascend. Steep but views worthwhile across Elgin. Lots of information of the history of this huge relic. Parking on a nearby street and within walking distance of Cooper park.

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Beautiful ruined Elgin Cathedral, suitable for all ages but a level of fitness is required to go up the towers as the stairs are narrow and steep

Thank Elizabeth R
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Remains of a beautiful ancient cathedral in Elgin. Short walk from town through a lovely park. Lots of information available about its history . Has virtual screen at ground level for those that cant climb the steep stairs. Helpful friendly, informative staff.

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19 September 2015|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello. You do not need to book before visiting, but we do recommend that you check for closures before setting off. This can be done on our website, by calling the site or by checking #hsclosures on Twitter. Regarding the... More