St Mary's Cathedral

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

St Mary's Cathedral was built in the late 19th century in the West End of Edinburgh's New Town. The cathedral is the see of the Bishop of Edinburgh. Designed in a Gothic style by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the cathedral is now protected as a category A listed building and part of the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Reaching 90 metres, its spire makes the building the highest in the Edinburgh urban area.




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Founded: 1874
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Chris B (7 months ago)
This cathedral wasn't part of our plan but we are glad we made time to visit. It is beautiful inside and a great example of Gothic architecture even though it is a fairly new build (1850s).
Baron Migs (12 months ago)
It’s definitely a beautiful cathedral. I would say if your not near it I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit. Well as a tourist at least.
T & W Mac Travels (14 months ago)
One of the most stunning cathedrals we’ve ever been to. This place has so much history and is incredibly peaceful. Unlike other cathedrals, this one is just as beautiful and ornate on the outside as it is on the inside. The staff clearly love this cathedral and are happy to share its history with visitors. Services on Sundays are wonderful and worth experiencing if you’re in the area.
Hsiang-shu Chen (16 months ago)
I went to the St. Mary Cathedral, a historical and spatial one at Edinburgh City, for its Fringe musical event. It provided many seats for the audience and believers, and yet I feel particularly cold inside likely due to the relatively less people coming. It was also exhibiting the artwork and offering an interactive tree for the leaves of the wishes written by people. The time I spent on visiting was about 30-45 minutes.
Daniela Ch (19 months ago)
One more fantastic place on the amazing city of Edinburgh. Probably the most beautiful cathedral in city. Not exactly on the city centre, but you will love it when you get there
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