St Giles' Cathedral

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 1RE

    Church of Scotland Discover 1,000 years of history in the heart of Edinburgh.

    Founded in the 1120s, St Giles' was the church of John Knox during the Reformation and is often referred to as the 'Cradle of Presbyterianism'. Highlights of a visit include our beautiful stained glass windows. The impressive Rieger organ was installed in 1992 and the famous Thistle Chapel, home of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's great order of chivalry designed by Robert Lorimer for the Order of the Thistle, was added in 1911

    St Giles' is situated on the historic Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Volunteer guides are available to welcome visitors, answer questions and conduct guided tours on request.

    Service Times

    We have a short daily service at 12 noon Mon-Sat and services of Holy Communion at 8am on Wed and Fri and at 6pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, our service times are as follows:

    8.00 am Morning Service ( Holy Communion )
    10.00 am Morning Service ( Choir, Sermon, Holy Communion )
    11.30 am Morning Service ( Choir, Sermon )
    6.00 pm St. Giles at Six ( Programme of music and/or address )
    8.00 pm Evening Service ( Holy Communion on last Sunday of month )

    Music & Events

    The Cathedral hosts an extensive programme of musical events throughout the year, many of which are free to attend. Our St Giles' at Six recitals series takes place every Sunday at 6pm. There are organ recitals on Thursday lunchtimes in April-June and Sept-Oct and on Wednesday evenings in July. There are also regular free lunchtime concerts throughout the summer. Please contact us for details or visit our website at

    Cathedral Shop & Restaurant

    The Cathedral shop stocks a wide variety of attractive souvenirs, gifts, books and CDs, including a specialist range relating to the Cathedral itself. It is open Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm and Sat 10.30am - 4pm (later in summer).

    The St Giles' Cathedral Roof Top Tour is now available.

    Small groups of up to 4 people are taken up to a walkway on the roof by a guide to enjoy spectacular views of the Royal Mile.

    Please see here for Terms and Conditions

    The 20 minute tours run regularly within our normal opening hours, giving visitors a rare chance to see Edinburgh and the Lothians from a unique perspective. To confirm a particular time or to book in advance, please email stgilestower @ or just come on the day and book at the information desk from 10am.

    Special opening offer £5 per person.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    St Giles' is open to visitors all year except 25th-26th December and 1st-2nd January.

    Our opening hours are:

    Summer (May-September)
    Monday - Friday 09.00-19.00
    Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    Winter (October-April)
    Monday - Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    Please note that St Giles' is a working church and access may be restricted without notice.
    A short worship service takes place from 1200-12.10 Monday-Saturday, during which we respectfully


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Lunch Available
    • Self Service
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • On Public Transport Route


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- On exiting Waverley Station (main exit), turn left along Waverley Bridge. At the roundabout, cross over Market Street and walk up Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street, turn right onto the High Street (Royal Mile). St Giles' is a short walk ahead of you on the left hand side.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Take Airport Express bus to terminating stop (Waverley Bridge), then follow directions for rail. If travelling by car, follow directions to city centre.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the gift shop
      • the information point


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp
    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the steps

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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