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St Giles' Cathedral

Open Now: 09:00 - 19:00
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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...more
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High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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All reviews stained glass royal mile take photos john knox photo permit high kirk pipe organ lovely church light a candle old church worth a visit free entry gift shop lots of history architecture donation choir
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely peaceful refuge in the middle of the busy Mile. Great and easy access to so much of the Cathedral. Thank you.

Thank DianeR1390
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful cathedral with so much history its hard to not feel like you are missing something important. Its worth taking a tour or having someone knowledgeable with you to soak in all the little details. If you are just walking through quickly...More

Thank Blythe W
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an active church and one must purchase a permit to take pictures but the carved wood and stone, as well as the stained-glass windows, are worth the small cost. Be sure to read the many explanatory signs so you can understand what you...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful church. Good place to go and have a little quiet time from the busy street outside. If you want to take pictures you have to pay £2.

Thank Renate P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Glad we went inside. Great stained glass. They ask for a donation to take picture. It worth a few pounds. My favorite part was the Thistle Chapel is home to the Order of the Thistle, an order of Scottish chivalry. The woodwork was fantastic. There...More

Thank TraveloFlorida
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this wonderful old cathedral and it's history as first a Catholic Cathedral and then after the Reformation, it became a Protestant Cathedral. Impressive statue of John Knox inside.

Thank Jan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hemmed and hawed about whether to make the donation to fully enter the Cathedral but so glad I did (also made a payment to take photos). The Thistle Room alone is worth paying to see. The guides and volunteers are a wealth of knowledge...More

Thank Cassowary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in to get out of rain. there was a concert going on and the stained glass was great. An unexpected pleasure.

Thank kingofhma
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thistle chapel is a highlight. It's important to engage in the history and ask visitor guides and front desk questions. Boy in the chapel was enormously informative and friendly Take a look at the burns window as well, always nice to see a newer style...More

Thank Elaine_Moiren
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't have a religious bone in your body, see this cathedral! The building craftsmanship is outstanding. It is not as ornate or overwhelming as some, which means you can really take in what's there. Read a bit of history on John Knox...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Lorraine S
24 October 2017|
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Response from LKB310 | Reviewed this property |
No charge.
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.
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.