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Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
+44 1343 547171
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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
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Elgin Cathedral King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
+44 1343 547171
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm old enough to remember visiting the park then running round the ruins playing as a wee girl. Sadly you can't do that now. You'll be charged a hefty fee by Historic Scotland. It's great they're looking after the place yes, but let's face it,...More

Thank Saltysea77
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great with the Explorer Pass. Magnificent ruins that give you chills evoking the history of those who walked here before. Be sure to climb all the way up the one open tower for magnificent views of the ruins, Elgin, and the surrounding countryside.

Thank MrSpiceMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bloody Mass? The Wolf of Badenoch? Want to know why us Scots have a psychopathic history to match any in Europe? It's all in Elgin Cathedral. Lantern 'o The North. Only Cathedral in Scotland with a double aisle to the knave. Saved by the...More

Thank willbug
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins of Elgin cathedral aren't in the same league for interest as the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshires (Fountains, Rievaulx, Jervaulx or even Byland), all of which have more of the abbey complex surviving (at least as a few courses of wall, often much...More

Thank Bard999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Cathedral on a lovely August day and the tour was presented by Lynda, she really made the tour interesting and her level of knowledge was fantastic. Being local (and I have been local for 42 years) there was so much I didn't...More

Thank John Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning ruins and pretty graveyard, looked very popular but a bit too expensive for us to go inside.

Thank Vix H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place wasn't on my original itinerary, but decided to pay a visit since I had the Explorer Pass and was visiting Dallas Dhu Distillery about 30 minutes away. Wow, fantastic atmospheric ruins, excellent exhibits inside the towers, and not crowded at all since it's...More

Thank fiveupstove
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have often passed by without having the time to take a look.This was a huge building established in 1224 by lands gifted by Alexander the 2nd . The ground and buildings are well maintained and it is possible to climb one of the towers...More

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After having done my research of the region, I decided that it would be a good idea to come to Elgin Cathedral, and we were not at all disappointed. The ruins are astounding; full of little details and enough of it remains for you to...More

Thank melpasculli
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a partially demolished beautiful medieval cathedral - an impressive sight. You can even walk among the remains.

Thank Maria S
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18 September 2015|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello. You do not need to book before visiting, but we do recommend that you check for closures before setting off. This can be done on our website, by calling the site or by checking #hsclosures on Twitter. Regarding the... More