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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 today

While you're walking the Royal Mile, the St Giles' Cathedral is a must stop. The architecture and stained glass windows are gorgeous. The pipe organ is enormous. I would have loved to hear it being played.

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Reviewed today via mobile

We was visiting St. Giles on a sunny day. It looks very beautefull in the sun. It is a large church but not very special.

Thank Niels K
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Reviewed today via mobile

Situated in the heart of Royal Miles, this us the most beautiful cathedral of edinburgh. The alter is centre of thr church. Some days there arr choirs performing.. Theres evensong every day at 5pm

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Reviewed today

Beautiful cathedral with volunteers telling you about its architecture, history, etc. Don't miss out on the Thistle chapel. For me, this was one of Edinburgh's highlights! And make sure to ask one of the volunteers there for some explanation on it - you won't regret...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful architecture and windows and a nice stop as you visit the Royal Mile. We had a nice welcome from the attendant and also found a pleasant cafe downstairs where we enjoyed some delicious soup for lunch. Other diners appeared to be enjoying larger meals...More

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Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful cathedral with so much to see from the Thistle Chapel to the beautiful stained glass windows & the modern organ. It is really worth a visit to look around & to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation.

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Reviewed yesterday

Take your time to explore this cathedral and sit down for a few minutes to take in the atmosphere. The place is free to visit, but there is a £2 fee for a photo permit - well worth it for some shots of the beautiful...More

Thank Marianne B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First cathedral with stained glass windows I have been in, absolutely brilliant! There’s is a £2 photo permit donation should you wish.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Handy location by the Royal Mile, and the Thistle Chapel is beautiful. Take a pair of binoculars so that you can see all the details on the ceiling, etc. Although I did not go, concerts (both free and fee-based) take place several times a week.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A calm oasis away from the busy streets. Spectacular stained glass married with delicate carvings and intimate dedications. St. Andrews chapel is breathtaking. A must see if you’re near.

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Lorraine S
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Response from LKB310 | Reviewed this property |
No charge.
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Marg T
11 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
21 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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