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.
There are four services every Sunday (see below for details) followed by music at 6pm, Holy Communion on Fridays at 8am and a daily weekday service at noon. Holy Communion is the central act of worship in St Giles’ and is celebrated several times each week. The daily service at noon is a simple quarter-hour of readings and prayers where visitors are welcome to join with the congregation in worship.
9.30 am Morning Service ( Choir, Sermon, Holy Communion )
11.00 am Morning Service ( Choir, Sermon )
6.00 pm St. Giles at Six ( Programme of music)
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 also regular free lunchtime concerts throughout the year. Please contact us for details or visit our website at www.stgilescathedral.org.uk.
The Cathedral shop stocks a wide variety of attractive souvenirs, gifts, books and CDs, including a specialist range relating to the Cathedral itself.
Gift Shop Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.30
Saturday 10.00 – 16.30
Sunday 13.00 – 16.30
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.