LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE

St Giles Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

St Giles Cathedral

About St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1RE
01312259442
St Giles Cathedral Website
Follow StGilesHighKirk on Twitter

Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).

There is record of a parish church in Edinburgh by the year 854, served by a vicar from a monastic house, probably in England. It is possible that the first church, a modest affair, was in use for several centuries before it was formally dedicated by the bishop of St Andrews on 6 October 1243. The parish church of Edinburgh was subsequently reconsecrated and named in honour of the patron saint of the town, St Giles, whose feast day is celebrated on 1 September.

Upcoming Events at St Giles Cathedral

Daily Tours at St Giles’ Cathedral

10th December 2023 - 1st December 2024

Join a volunteer guide for a 45 min to 1 hour glimpse into the history, heraldry and life of our historic Cathedral and Thistle Chapel!

READ MORE

Rhapsody in Blue by Candlelight

19th June 2024 - 19th July 2024

City Music Promotions presents the stunning programme of music for solo piano including Gerswhin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue in St Giles' Cathedral!

READ MORE

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Selected dates between 19th July 2024 - 27th September 2024

Enjoy Vivaldi's timeless classic, The Four Seasons, and other magnificent works by Candlelight at St Giles' Cathedral, performed by The Piccadilly Sinfonietta!

READ MORE

900 Voices

2nd August 2024 - 22nd August 2024

The voices of Edinburgh’s communities shape an ever-evolving sound installation inside St Giles’ Cathedral's magnificent interior.

READ MORE

This Old Cello Box

10th August 2024

From Bach to The Beatles and beyond, South Australian cellist/songwriter William Jack presents a free (non-ticketed) multi-style cello recital at St Gyles' Cathedral on 10th August!

READ MORE

Luminescence: Maria Rud & Tommy Smith

15th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Don't miss this spellbinding audio-visual improvisation in the moment by internationally acclaimed artist Maria Rud and saxophonist Tommy Smith at St Giles' Cathedral from 15th - 17th August!

READ MORE

Chopin by Candlelight

Selected dates between 24th August 2024 - 28th September 2024

Brought to you by City Music Promotions, treat yourself and your loved ones to an exceptional evening piano recital at the beautiful venue of St Giles' Cathedral.

READ MORE

Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series 2024 (Concert 9)

2nd September 2024

Enjoy an outstanding evening of classical piano set in the stunning candlelit venue of St Giles Cathedral, with it's newly installed Steinway Grand Piano!

READ MORE

The Four Seasons & Lark Ascending by Candlelight

Selected dates between 14th September 2024 - 5th October 2024

London Concertante brings Vivaldi's masterpiece, Four Seasons, to life in a wonderful concert featuring gems of baroque music at St Giles' Cathedral!

READ MORE

Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto by Candlelight

28th September 2024

Enjoy an outstanding candlelit evening of classical music in the beautiful setting of St Giles Cathedral.

READ MORE

Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series 2024 (Concert 11)

30th September 2024

Enjoy an outstanding evening of classical piano in the beautiful setting of St Giles Cathedral on Monday 30th September!

READ MORE

Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series 2024 (Concert 12)

14th October 2024

St Giles' Cathedral plays host to the inaugural Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series and Concert 12 is on Monday 14th October featuring Pianist Yuki Negishi!

READ MORE

Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series 2024 (Concert 15)

4th November 2024

Join award-winning concert pianist and critically acclaimed recording artist Olga Stezhko for an outstanding evening of classical piano at St Giles' Cathedral on 4th November!

READ MORE

Edinburgh Royal Mile International Piano Series 2024 (Concert 16)

11th November 2024

Enjoy an outstanding evening of classical piano in the beautiful setting of St Giles Cathedral with pianist Rose Mclachlan on 11th November!

READ MORE

More in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Paisley First
Open Pass Scotland
Renfrewshire Council
The Straits
Makers Market The Lothians
Hilton Glasgow
Clann An Drumma
Escape The Past
Renfrewshire Council
Fayre Play
Kids Pass
ATG
Edinburgh Dungeons

Sponsored Links

Paisley First
Open Pass Scotland
Renfrewshire Council
The Straits
Makers Market The Lothians
Hilton Glasgow
Clann An Drumma
Escape The Past
Renfrewshire Council
Fayre Play
Kids Pass
ATG
Edinburgh Dungeons

Popular Events

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival returns from 12th to 21st July 2024, presenting a programme that spans the entire history of the music from ragtime to modern jazz to Chicago blues and beyond.
Skills DIY Workshop
Make your own pine box at this workshop run by One Dalkeith on 27th July. Suitable for complete beginners or those looking to up their skills.
Castle Street Market
Held in brightly coloured gazebos in the heart of central Edinburgh, Castle Street Market is filled with top quality products and has something to satisfy every taste!
creative soundLAB: Music Networking and Showcase Event
opera agency is delighted to announce the next creative soundLAB event will be taking place on 30th July at Edinburgh Napier University, Bright Red Triangle Startup Studio!
Art on the Brain at National Galleries of Scotland: National
For the first time ever, you can visualise the impact of art on your brainwaves as Art Fund, the national charity for art, are touring technology that brings this to life in real time and in 3-D.

Popular Listings

Corn Exchange Haddington Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Howden Park Centre Livingston Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland O2 Academy Edinburgh The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh Traverse Theatre Usher Hall