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

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Selected dates between 26th May 2023 - 8th December 2023

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


Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

8th December 2023

Brought to you by Candlelight Concerts, experience an enchanting evening by candlelight with music performed by virtuoso pianist, Daniel Grimwood 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!


Viennese Christmas Spectacular

15th December 2023

Celebrate the festive period with a programme of Christmas and classical favourites performed by the highly acclaimed London Concertante at St Gles' Cathedral!


Candlelit Concert at St. Giles’ Cathedral

31st December 2023

Come along to a festive celebration in the candlelit atmosphere of St Giles' Cathedral on 31st December!


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