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Dunblane Cathedral

The Cross, Dunblane FK15 0AQ, Scotland
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Dunblane Cathedral is a beautiful medieval church in Dunblane which dates as far back as the 12th century. Dunblane Cathedral receives high but well earned praise for a building smaller than some English parish churches, lacking the architectural flourishes and cohesion of most other cathedrals; and one which only narrowly survived the threat of demolition to make way for the railway. The tower is from the late 11th century, offset, and slightly squint on the south. Admire the Romanesque arched windows in the lower storeys, the upper stage and parapet which date from 1500, bearing the arms of Bishop Chisholm, which may originally have been freestanding. The Nave, dating back to 1240 is possibly the finest part of the cathedral. It is eight bays long, tall and narrow, with aisles and a galleried clerestory. Its principal attraction is its simple proportions, clustered shafts, and graceful clerestory windows in the west wall.
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The Cross, Dunblane FK15 0AQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks to a generous benefactor, who replaced the roof, this is not a ruin. Go up the spiral staircase for the best view looking down on the church..(It's a little scary but worth it) Full of stories including the 3 poisoned sisters.

1  Thank Polyana63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

only managed brief visit because of heat 24C and limited time available, but managed to quickly scoot round, support shop and hope to return for more leisurely wander

1  Thank JeannineDesmoulins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The outside is amazing, inside is even better! A really beautiful space, and lovely to see a large congregation on the Sunday morning.

1  Thank RAN30_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little town with a few interesting shops and a pleasant river walk nearby. Good places to have a light lunch or a meal at the Dunblane Hydro. Quite often there are musical events at the Cathedral.

Thank PerthshireOona
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral had it's Catholic saint's satues removed in the Reformation. However most of the folks who destroyed other churches of this era were kept in check. Their leaders said it was okay to get rid of the idols but the church should be left...More

1  Thank Marguerite a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dunblane cathedral is absolutely gorgeous, the amount of detail in the stone and wood is beyond belief and the history behind the cathedral is very interesting. I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area.

Thank Jae L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entry is free and the cathedral has some interesting displays featuring local history. There were volunteers there to provide guidance if required.

Thank Colin413
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with this cathedral and the fact it is open to the public. It is absolutely beautiful and has clearly been well looked after and restored. A real gem within a lovely little city.

Thank maddie_in_the_middle
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This is a very interesting cathedral as much of it was derelict for 300 years and restored in the late 1800s. It is therefore a mix of medieval and 19th century. If you visit take the time to loot at the details as there are...More

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting. Beautiful cathedral. Helpful staff/volunteers. Added bonus is the connection with our own Andy Murray who was married there.

Thank JoanGlasgow
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