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St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

#5 of 74 in Historic Sites in Edinburgh
Church · Tourist Spot
Referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is the city's principal place of worship. Located on the Royal Mile, the cathedral is an iconic landmark in the Edinburgh skyline. Much of the current building was restored in the 19th century, but the four pillars in the center are thought to date back to 1124. Chapels, called aisles, were built around the pillars and extended out on all sides. This unique arrangement coupled with the vaulted ceilings and vibrant stained glass give the cathedral a timelessness. By using our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app, you can arrange your visit to St Giles' Cathedral and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Beautiful cathedral on the royal mile and entrance is free. Donations are accepted to enter but not compulsory. Fantastic features inside including a massive organ.  more »
  • Definitely worth a quick visit. Lovely architecture set off by beautiful stained glass windows. A genuine medieval feel to the place. Suggested donation of £5 as entry fee which you can pay by...  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral, Grand Gothic Medieval building with colourful stained glass windows and Presbyterian place of worship, where John Knox first and used to preach carrying the history of Scotland. I highly recommend everyone to visit this stunning breathtaking architecture as you walk down the Royal mile. We really enjoyed our day the weather was brilliant. We'll definitely come again May break awesome. Cafe downstairs reasonable prices with homemade dishes, a wide selection of hot, cold food and drinks. Very friendly, helpful staff and volunteers. Clean and tidy environment. There's a very informative board that highlights things to pay attention to and where they are within the cathedral. Entrance fee is voluntary suggested donations of five pounds per visit plus two pounds to all those who want to take pictures. They don't mind any amount though for the upkeep of the cathedral.
  • Surprisingly small inside (No crypt) but full of historical interest. The Thistle Chapel is especially beautiful. Anyone interested in Heraldry will be fascinated by the many flags on display

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