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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

Today I went to the cathedral and it was stunning with magnificent architecture. my first impression was WOW. you get to go to the top of the tower to see a stunning view over Elgin. very good place for photography and interesting things to see...More

Thank scotlandlife2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful place to visit. The ruins are still in good condition in areas despite their age. Lots of information regarding the history which was good. We arrived in the morning and there were only a couple of people there so walking round it felt...More

Thank Robin W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a delightful afternoon at Elgin Cathedral. It was cold and rainy but that made us the only people there which was great from a photographic post of view. Take some time out and walk through the old graveyard - tells an interesting story...More

Thank Joppel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What can I say about this site!! One of the best and most interesting Cathedrals in Scotland. I happened to visit on a lovely sunny day, and was able to take in the beauty of the Cathedral. They have a really interesting exhibit, with one...More

Thank Donald M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although there is a entry fee to enter elgin cathedral, it's well worth it, a great view on a lovely day from the top of the tower, it's also nice to look round at all the grave stones etc. You could easily spend 2-3 hours...More

Thank Tracy Y
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Beautiful ruins of a 12th century church. The architecture and stonework are amazing. Climb to the top of the stairs for interesting displays on the artifacts and timeline. The view from the very top is amazing, especially if it's a clear day. The woman in...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

I love the place and it always reminds me of when my family used to visit Elgin when I was a small child. The ruins are so evocative of a time gone by.

Thank DougieFowler
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful old cathedral and the history panels give so much knowledge about masonry as well as the cathedral itself.

Thank SarahMS85
Reviewed 21 December 2017

The ruin of Elgin Cathedral was one of the most impressive sights we visited on our trip to Scotland. The site is extensive with ruins, graves, skeletal buildings, still impressive roofed rooms and a pair of towers you can climb for an overview. Photogenic. Highly...More

Thank Hankfiji
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Staff had excellent knowledge of cathedral. Extremely interesting on what was a busy day with friends. Been once so probably wouldn’t return unless new attraction.

Thank joannai997
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19 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