Dunblane Cathedral
Dunblane Cathedral
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
Dunblane Cathedral is a beautiful medieval church in Dunblane which dates as far back as the 12th century. Dunblane Cathedral receives high but well earned praise for a building smaller than some English parish churches, lacking the architectural flourishes and cohesion of most other cathedrals; and one which only narrowly survived the threat of demolition to make way for the railway. The tower is from the late 11th century, offset, and slightly squint on the south. Admire the Romanesque arched windows in the lower storeys, the upper stage and parapet which date from 1500, bearing the arms of Bishop Chisholm, which may originally have been freestanding. The Nave, dating back to 1240 is possibly the finest part of the cathedral.
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  • Mrs A.S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building and atmosphere.
    This is a very beautiful Cathedral, with amazing stained glass from the Arts & Crafts era. We had a short and informative talk from a guide when we arrived, and then we were able to look around on our own. There is a tiny and peaceful separate chapel, where I sat for some time. Another highlight was the fabulous carved wooden animals on the end of some of the pews. There are many ancient and interesting carved stones and crypts all around the sides of the main aisle. At one point the sun shone through the stained glass by the high altar, and colours on the stone pillars were fabulous. The monument to the children from the Dunblane shooting is heart-breakingly beautiful, and we took time to explain to the younger people in our party what had happened in 1996.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Tracy T
    Fife, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    A stunning Cathedral - excellent tour guide. beautifully restored with artefacts from throughout the ages. Well preserved and good to know that the cathedral is still used as a place of worship regularly.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • Dorota D
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place, not to be missed
    That was our second visit in Cathedral. We always wanted to be back, as this place is truly beautiful. Lucky enough to have a sunny weather, so we could enjoy light coming through stained windows. A lot of beautiful wooden carvings and great atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free entry (donations welcome) and free parking. Place not to be missed when in Dunblane.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
  • Jane P
    Ipswich, United Kingdom495 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quietly reverent
    Dunblane was very quiet when we visited on a Monday afternoon on May. There is a free car park to the side of the cathedral which was easy to find. We were warmly welcomed as we arrived and given an overview of the building and its history by the steward on duty. One of our reasons for wanting to visit here was to see the memorial to the primary school children and their teacher who were killed back in 1996. Although it was nearly 30 years ago, it was an event that many of our generation will remember all too clearly.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 May 2024
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Jane P
Ipswich, UK495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Dunblane was very quiet when we visited on a Monday afternoon on May. There is a free car park to the side of the cathedral which was easy to find.
We were warmly welcomed as we arrived and given an overview of the building and its history by the steward on duty.
One of our reasons for wanting to visit here was to see the memorial to the primary school children and their teacher who were killed back in 1996. Although it was nearly 30 years ago, it was an event that many of our generation will remember all too clearly.
Written 22 May 2024
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Dorota D
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
That was our second visit in Cathedral. We always wanted to be back, as this place is truly beautiful. Lucky enough to have a sunny weather, so we could enjoy light coming through stained windows. A lot of beautiful wooden carvings and great atmosphere.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Free entry (donations welcome) and free parking. Place not to be missed when in Dunblane.
Written 25 March 2024
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Tracy T
Fife, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A stunning Cathedral - excellent tour guide. beautifully restored with artefacts from throughout the ages. Well preserved and good to know that the cathedral is still used as a place of worship regularly.
Written 14 March 2024
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William A
Staffordshire853 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
For a very small town this is a hugely impressive and interesting cathedral. Great architecture and history.
Written 13 September 2023
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RUTH M
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Nice visit to Dunblane Cathedral. Beautiful architecture and atmosphere. Small gift shop. Staff friendly. Entrance was free. Would recommend.
Written 13 September 2023
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KevinP1314
Monifieth, UK2,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Cathedral is really a Presbyterian church but holds onto its Cathedral status from a bygone era. Like any Scottish place of worship it’s packed with historical content and well worth looking into.
My particular best view is from the seats of the local bar Tappit Hen (appropriately named Chimes)
Written 18 August 2023
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Mrs A.S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a very beautiful Cathedral, with amazing stained glass from the Arts & Crafts era. We had a short and informative talk from a guide when we arrived, and then we were able to look around on our own. There is a tiny and peaceful separate chapel, where I sat for some time. Another highlight was the fabulous carved wooden animals on the end of some of the pews. There are many ancient and interesting carved stones and crypts all around the sides of the main aisle. At one point the sun shone through the stained glass by the high altar, and colours on the stone pillars were fabulous.
The monument to the children from the Dunblane shooting is heart-breakingly beautiful, and we took time to explain to the younger people in our party what had happened in 1996.
Written 10 August 2023
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Mike Moon
Morecambe, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The cathedral itself is quite impressive, though not in the same league as say Bath or Worcester. However, we went for an organ concerto which brought the cathedral to life because of the wonderful organ and acoustics
Written 8 July 2023
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Sally R
228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Stayed 3 nights in Golfhill airbnb
Excellent central place for touring
Lots to do and see in Dunblane itself
Written 26 April 2023
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Andrew S
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A beautiful Cathedral with a great story. The Historic Scotland guide was welcoming and gave a good initial overview which greatly helped to understand the history of the building and some of the highlights to be found. The stained glass windows of varying styles were stunning and depicted interesting themes. The changes in architecture were easy to see and well explained, some good info on QR codes including some lovely music. No clutter, political propaganda, modern art installations etc, just a beautiful church interior as it should be. One slight criticism being that for a building that sits so well in the landscape the graveyard is spoiled by many ugly barriers round unsafe memorials, looked more like a car park.
Written 23 April 2023
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