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St Giles Cathedral


For about a thousand years St Giles has been Edinburgh’s principal church, and more recently Scotland’s national church. The magnificent interior with its many superb stained glass windows has memorials to many famous Scots and includes the Thistle Chapel built in 1911.

It hasn’t always looked like it does today. After the Reformation in 1560 it was partitioned into three separate churches and at one time served as a police station, school, coal store and meeting place for the Parliament and Town Council. Almost obscured by other buildings, the church was surrounded by shops or ‘luckenbooths’ built hard against its walls. These buildings were all demolished in the early 19th century and the exterior repaired and clad with dressed stone. The interior partitions were removed during the restoration of 1872-1883 to reveal the church that you see today. St Giles is the only place in Britain where White Storks have bred. A pair built a nest on the tower in 1416.

Opening Times

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.

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St Giles Cathedral

Royal Mile
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St Giles Cathedral


On the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town.

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