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St Giles Cathedral

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Royal Mile

When you walk through the door of St Giles' Cathedral, you are entering one of the most historic and romantic buildings in Scotland. Founded in the 1100s, this church has witnessed executions, riots and celebrations. Its famous crown spire has dominated Edinburgh's skyline for over 500 years.

A treasury of art and heritage

Explore the many tiny aisles and chapels, each with its own memorable story. Enjoy the beauty of the church's spectacular collection of stained glass windows in a wide range of traditional and modern styles.

John Knox & the Reformation

Discover how St Giles' was the church of John Knox during the Reformation and how it played an important part in the exciting events of that time. Learn of the violent and tragic stories of Montrose and Argyll, both executed in bloody fashion outside St Giles'. Hear also about many of the famous and fascinating Scots commemorated in the church, including Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Thistle Chapel

The Thistle Chapel is home to Order of the Thistle and honours some of the greatest Scots of the last 300 years. This exquisite little chapel will take your breath away. Its magnificent carvings and stonework evoke the origins of the Order and will amaze you with a wealth of details associated with Scotland.

The Organ

The magnificent organ is one of the newest and finest in Europe. It forms part of a tradition of fine music in St Giles' that dates back to the middle ages. Look out for details of concerts and organ recitals (many with free admission) that are held in the church throughout the year.

Additional Information

  • St Giles' Cathedral welcomes group visits and school tours. Groups are recommended to book in advance, please telephone for details

  • Gift Shop offering a large selection of souvenirs and gifts made in Scotland. All proceeds from the shop support the Cathedral

  • Restaurant situated below the church.

  • Volunteer guides are on duty to welcome visitors, answer questions and give tours on request

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  • Directions

    St Giles' is located on the historic Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Local bus numbers 35, 23, 27, 41, 42 and 45 (among others) all pass close-by. Waverley railway station is a 5-10 minute walk away.

    St Giles Cathedral Postcode for SatNav: EH1 1RE


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