St Mary's Parish Church

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Sidegate, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4BZ

    Huge, fine 14th century church of cathedral proportions. War-torn in C16 century only nave repaired. East end, transepts, tower roofless for 400yrs. Finally restored C20 and again longest parish church in Scotland. Carvings,windows. Shop.

    Many original pre-reformation features - high medieval carvings (some close-up  photos); old stone crest . Ruins stabilised but one very crooked pillar! Nave had many makeovers during last 400yrs, raised arches, lowered floor allowed former galleries;  excellent C19-20 stained glass windows. C20 Restoration of east end etc used much recycling; extra stone from Caledonian railway stn, slates from Gorbals, Burne-Jones window from Torquay, peel of 8 bells from Aberdeen rang in millenium. But new  lookalike"stone" vaulting crafted from fibre-glass by boatbuilder; a fine, locally built organ. Graves of Jane Welsh Carlyle, John Brown C18 Minister of Haddington. Ecumenical chapel now in old vestry over Maitland family burial vault .  Good acoustics that augmented original medieval chanting of priests now allow excellent recitals/concerts.

    Booked guided tours. Giftshop

    Lammermuir Festival 12-21 September 2014.  .

    Opening Times

    Sunday to Friday; 1.30pm - 4pm

    Saturday; 11am - 4pm

    Please check our website before planning your visit in case we are closed for a private service.


    3 Visitor Attraction
    Assisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 13:30 16:00
    Tuesday 13:30 16:00
    Wednesday 13:30 16:00
    Thursday 13:30 16:00
    Friday 13:30 16:00
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 13:30 16:00

    Sun - Fri 1.30-400pm; Sat 11.00-400pm. Daily 5min service at 2.00pm wkdays, 12 noon Sat. On Sunday, 9.30am Family Service (praise band); 11.00am Traditional (organ /choir). Guided tours may be booked.


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available
    • Indoor Play Area


    • Town Location
    • Waterfront Location by the river Tyne

    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens


    • Toilets

    Payment Methods

    • Cash

    Wedding Services

    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    From Edinburgh, follow A1 east (signposted Berwick-upon-Tweed) for approx. 17 miles; leave at 2nd Haddington exit and follow road to town centre. From traffic lights keep going straight on until cemetery on LHS. St Mary's is set back beyond wrought iron gate posts.Limited parking. Enter by door nearest road. Disabled access by door at car park.

    If travelling from east, follow A1 west and exit at 1st Haddington exit, then as above.

    Public Transport Directions

    Express buses from Edinburgh to Market Street Haddington. Use either bus company, but return tickets not interchangeable

    -  First buses X6 (Dunbar) or X8 (Haddington) from Princes Street near M&S; each hourly service, no change given.

    -  Or Perryman 253 ( Berwick-upon-Tweed) from Bus Station; fast, usually only  2-hrly; change given.

    5 minute walk from Market Street; cross road, walk through any alleyway into High Street and turn left and go to end of street and left into Sidgate; continue along until cemetery on LHS behind wrought iron railings, and St Mary's is set back along a driveway. Enter by door nearest.


    Transport within Scotland

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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 :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • Wheelchairs provided
      • These are freely available
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • There is an audible alarm system

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 5
      • There is a handrail by the steps


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

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


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