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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has it all; breathtaking ruins, ample photo opportunities, really informative museum section, great views of the town, and Scotland's tallest headstone! What's not to love?

Thank AdelaideAynsley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought £7.50 was rather a lot to look at the ruins but it was worth paying to go in. We got to read of it's history, view relics and photograph it close up and without obstruction but best of all we got to climb...More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cathedral is huge. Imagine how it was when it was whole and in colored. It must have appealed to the poor believers who thought they were a little closer to heaven. As they were promised. Also read on the wealth of the bishops .....

Thank eddebruin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rare to see a cathedral of this grandeur in ruins. Spectacular site with lots of photo opportunities. The interpretive displays are really well done. If you take photos make sure you get up early and shoot the site with the morning sun behind your back.

Thank arttourist999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this , not loads to do but very interesting . It's pet friendly as well, which is great when you have dogs with you .

Thank a_laver1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting enough, and well maintained ruined cathedral with graveyard. Apparently an iconic symbol for the town of Elgin.

Thank BentleyAnne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fantastic morning here, excellent displays and information. Amazing climb up the tower for more displays and then the view at the top - wow. Informative free tour was good. Nice little shop too with a range of items.

Thank Lucy F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with our babies and friends. Lovely day with nice friendly staff who were informative. A lot of tourists were visiting this day.

Thank joannai997
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Lots to see and do once inside. Very helpful staff. Slight congestion in the towers due to several coach loads today otherwise plenty room to wander about. Chapter House was really good.

Thank pammy869
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Interesting graveyard, very well kept. Fantastic views after a steep climb. Pricey for a family but ok if you have historic Scotland membership.

Thank Audrey T
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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
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