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St Giles' Cathedral

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Address: High Street | Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
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+44 131 225 9442
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its...

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).

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Beautiful church with lots of stained glass and history. What's to say? Stay in the Grass market district and enjoy, well everything. Cheers!

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful church with lots of stained glass and history. What's to say? Stay in the Grass market district and enjoy, well everything. Cheers!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Im not religious person, but i have visited this church twice and have sat and listen to the noon service that is held daily. It lovely inside and welcoming with plenty of history.It is situated in the middle of the Mile.

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This is a grand old Gothic style church; lots of lovely stained glass, spires galore. The volunteers who work there and collect a small fee for the upkeep of the church if you want to photograph are helpful and very pleasant. Be sure to check the afternoon musical performances when you are there. It is a beautiful setting and the... More 

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A beautiful cathedral on the Royal Mile in the old town of Edinburgh which in it's self is a must see!!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Was very surprised to find this church and it is beautiful. Loved it and it has a great ambience . Will never walk by without going in a must see.

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Not the 'grandest' cathedral to visit but the history makes it well worth a trip inside. As there is no charge to enter it's worthwhile visiting.

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It is a beautiful cathedral in the Royal Mile. Do not forget to pop into on your way to the Edinburgh Castle!

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When you visit Edinburgh you should definitely see St Giles church. It's located on the Royal Mile and a place of peace and quiet!

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Wonderrfull stainned glass. Beautiful cathedral. So peace full and full of History, we'll be back soon.

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A lovely spot for a look around. We also made use of the café (in the basement) which has fantastic tiny stained glass windows.

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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