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St Machar's Cathedral

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Address: Chanonry | Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 1RQ, Scotland

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Splendid building

We attended a couple of services last year and this. Great building and warm welcome from everyone we met. None of your dour Scots here. Lovely singing from the choir.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Craig M
Chabanais, France
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Chabanais, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a couple of services last year and this. Great building and warm welcome from everyone we met. None of your dour Scots here. Lovely singing from the choir.

Thank Craig M
Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have previously toured the grounds of the cathedral, but this week I made it inside - to go to a concert by Aberdeen Uni Concert Band. What a great place for a concert. The pews are hard, but survivable for a 2 hour night in, but you might think about sneaking a cushion! Acoustically, this group produced a great... More 

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic history in this building, just fantastic walking around inside and in the graveyard outside the cathedral where there are graves dating back to the 14th century. There is even a rumour that the heart of William Wallace is buried in one of the walls surrounding the graveyard.

Thank Martinmc1967
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building - lots to see and usually peaceful. The guides are wonderful and the surroundings are lovely, especially down into Seaton Park.

Thank Elena H
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful church and graveyard. You can also learn a lot about its history inside and I met a woman working there who was incredibly friendly and told me even more

Thank Stefano P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St Machar's cathedral is a very unique and very interesting cathedral. It doesn't look like anything i've ever seen before but is so beautiful. There's a lot of informations/flyers available in the church and lovely staff who is available for any inquiries or questions. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank AnnaMeld
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

very historical Scottish church,church members are present to give information,nice informative,no pressure in giving donations

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Mudjimba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

During our recent trip to Aberdeen my friend took us to St Machar's Cathedral whilst showing us the sights of Aberdeen. Walking into the church grounds gave us an insight as to the history in the grounds and the building. We did get there later in the afternoon and probably could have spent more time in and around the church.... More 

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Criciuma, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Being the first time in Aberdeen it was unaccustomed that the "Old City" is in quite a distance to the modern city centre (ca.20 minutes walk), but the St. Machar's Cathedral and its adjoining park are worth the walk!!! The decoration of the interior is amazing! The heraldic ceiling with its coats of arms is wonderfull! For visitors who are... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

St Machar's Cathedral (in name only, as the Kirk of Scotland is presbyterian) is well worth a visit. It is in the heart of Old Aberdeen and sits in splendour at the end of the Georgian Chanonry - a cobbled street lined with grand hooses. What the visitor sees of St Machar's today is only part of the original cathedral.... More 

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