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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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+44 131 226 0674
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"stained glass"
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"photo permit"
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"john knox"
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"take photos"
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"pipe organ"
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"lovely church"
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Reviewed today

we enjoy a visit and the nice thristle chapel and others we bought some books and souvenirs at the shop

Thank José S
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Reviewed yesterday

Just beautiful. We only spent around 20 mins in here, but it is well worth a visit and had I been with mu husband (rather than my 16 year old daughter) I would have stayed longer. An amazing building and worth spending time soaking up...More

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Reviewed yesterday

No pictures are allowed inside. Very nice inside. Take your time walking and taking it all in because there are many different stations to look at.

Thank marylou72
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Reviewed yesterday

For anyone interested in stained glass and mosaics. The rooftop tour provides a beautiful view of the city - there is a charge for this. Outside is very noisy- on the Royal Mile - but very tranquil inside.

Thank jaykaycee17
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved photographing this Cathedral so much we were there 3 times. We paid for the rooftop tour which gave us a beautiful view of the city from a bell tower. Pay the £2 for the photo pass, you will need it for The Thistle...More

Thank cbohm1974
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in here for about 20 minutes to see the architecture. It is smaller than I expected, but still a lovely cathedral. The chapel in the back of the church is especially lovely. Getting into the cathedral is free, however, apparently you cannot take...More

Thank lostsmoothie
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome Historical interest Keep going back Love it there So busy outside but Tranquil inside Beautiful inside and out So much to see and admire Lovely gift shop

Thank Janet O
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful St Giles Cathedral. Make sure to pay the £2 to take photos. Magnificent stained glass and history within the walls of St Giles

Thank Melonie S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Free to enter - fee to take photos. Don’t miss the Thistle Chapel (suggested donation to enter)) and look for the angel playing bagpipes.

Thank Kirstin K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a second visit in a long time and we noticed changes. There is a new lighted wall and the cafe is better downstairs. It is free and a good visit. I suggest that before you go that you look up John Knox and...More

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Lorraine S
24 October 2017|
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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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