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
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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!


Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

Selected dates between 22nd March 2024 - 21st June 2024

Join renowned British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith for a performance of sensational classical and romantic works for solo piano at St Giles' Cathedral!


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Selected dates between 22nd March 2024 - 19th July 2024

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


Concert - Petits Chanteurs de Guewenheim & Accord Ladies Choir

27th April 2024

Enjoy an afternoon of uplifting choral music featuring sacred & contemporary works from Scotland, France & beyond in the historic setting of St Giles Cathedral on 27th April.


Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir

11th May 2024

Join the Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir at St Giles Cathedral on Saturday 11th May when they perform beautiful classical, spiritual and sacred music!


Bond by Candlelight

15th June 2024

Step into an evening of candlelit excitement with London Concertante, with some of the best-loved themes from James Bond performed by their fabulous ensemble at St Giles' Cathedral!


West End Musicals by Candlelight

6th July 2024

For one night only, the highly-acclaimed London Concertante will be taking you into the dazzling world of the most beautiful musicals at St Giles' Cathedral!


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.


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!


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