The historic St Giles’ Cathedral is an iconic building in Scotland’s historic capital. Founded in about 1124, St Giles’ has been a beacon of worship throughout Edinburgh’s rich and turbulent past. From a small modest church in the 12th century, to a rigorous Renewal Programme in the 20th century, its famed crown spire, medieval carvings and beautiful Stained Glass Windows has made it one of the most beautiful churches in all of Edinburgh.
A Unique View Of The Past from St Giles’ Cathedral
Located on the historic Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral is in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights chosen by the Queen), as well as a number of fascinating features throughout the Cathedral. Guided rooftop tours can be arranged for groups of four, offering a unique perspective on the historical background of the Cathedral as well as spectacular views of the Royal Mile below. And if you’re lucky, you may just spot the famed carved wooden angel playing the bagpipes!
A Bite To Eat
After a rooftop tour of the ancient Cathedral, you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat in St Giles’ Cathedral Café. Locally sourced produce, freshly prepared dishes and award-winning speciality coffees makes a trip to the Cathedral Café well worth a visit. Once you have toured the Cathedral and sampled the café’s wares, all that’s left is to pick up a few souvenirs at the Cathedral Shop.
Visiting The Cathedral
With the exception of very special days of worship, St Giles’ Cathedral is open throughout the year. While entry into the Cathedral is free, anyone visiting the Cathedral is invited to make a small donation of £3. Volunteer guides are available to welcome Cathedral visitors and guide you through the historic building, and permits for photography are available on request.