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Elgin Cathedral

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Address: Elgin, IV30 1EU
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: April to September, Daily: 9.30am to 5.30pm
October to March, Daily: 10 am to 4pm
Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time.
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January
Admission: Adult £7.50 Child £4.50 Senior £6.00
Joint ticket with Spynie Palace available: Adult £9.00 Child £5.40 Senior £7.00
Parking: On street beside cathedral.
Languages: N/A
Accessibility: Yes
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No


Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings.  It is now a ruin, much of which dates back to the 13th century, but the remains are still an impressive piece of architecture.

Although much of Elgin Cathedral has collapsed, the two towers of the West Front and the Chapter House are practically intact.

You can climb up the towers and from the North-West tower you can enjoy a great view over the cathedral and the town of Elgin. The last few steps of the climb are on an open metal spiral staircase that vertigo sufferers might dislike. The top of the tower has an open viewing platform with information boards highlighting the visible landmarks.

It should be noted that you start in the South West tower and then cross over to the North West tower to reach the roof. If you keep climbing the South West tower you will find that there is no entrance to the roof. Very frustrating and we found out the hard way!

The Chapter House is complete and still has an amazing ceiling. It is considred to be one of the country’s finest octagonal chapter houses and the acoustics are very good so try a few songs.

Well worth a visit, and the climb of the tower is a must do when in Elgin.

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Elgin Cathedral main entrance

Elgin Cathedral viewed from tower top

Elgin Cathedral Towers Elgin Cathedral inside the Chapter House

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