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“Breathtaking”
Review of Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Elgin
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Owner description: 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 - it was badly fire damaged in 1390 following an attack by Robert III's brother Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, who was also known as the ‘Wolf of Badenoch’. The two towers of the West Front and the Chapter House are intact and open to the public and the climb is rewarded with magnificent views of the town of Elgin. The top of the tower has an open viewing platform with information boards highlighting the visible landmarks. The ceiling of the chapter house is considered to be one of the country’s finest octagonal structures and those with a keen eye may still see traces of gold paint. Joint ticket with Spynie Palace available: Adult £9 Child £5.40 Concession £7
Reviewed 28 June 2018

A partial ruin this cathedral retains plenty of exciting and beautiful features. If you make it to the top of the tower the view will take your breath away.

Thank Carmilla V
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

All I can say is.....visit this Cathedral ruin,it is so worth it!

If you have the stamina then definitely climb to the top of the two towers. The Stone exhibition at various floors of the towers are really great.

I felt overwhelmed by the sheer scale and detail of this building.

I loved it!

Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Enjoyable afternoon tour of Elgin Cathedral, good views over Elgin from the top and interesting ruins.

Thank AndrewF4024
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

As members of Historic Scotland this has been on our list if sites to visit and we were glad we did. There's an opportunity to climb up to the roof of halfway up if you'd rather not climb too high. The views even halfway up are super.
Great display areas show and explain at close hand the different characters in the stonework.
The Chapter is in fact and contains information boards in numerous languages for all to read.
We enjoyed our visit and would recommend it.

Thank Sockknitter5
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

Most of the managed sites close at 5:30pm in summer, with last entry 30 min before. This was our last visit on a long drive from Edinburgh day, so it was after 4:30 when we arrived. They advised to go up the towers first, as that is what they start locking up first. There is a lot to see, with displays of medieval carved stones on the floors of the towers, excellent views from the tops, and the rest of the cathedral ruins and graveyard to explore. The masonry is really impressive! Don't miss the octagonal chapter house.

Thank powerofcheese
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