Welcome to St Giles’ Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh positioned at the heart of the Scottish capital. St Giles’ was founded in 1124, and in the 16th century became the focal point of the Scottish Reformation. The church is regarded as the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism and welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe.

St Giles’ is first and foremost a working church but also welcomes visitors to experience the history of the building. Today the church plays an important role in the cultural life of the city and nation, playing host to a wide variety of concerts, lectures, exhibitions and civic ceremonies.

We look forward to welcoming you.



Burns and Beyond:


Following last year’s spectacular presentation of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ and in celebration of Burns Night and Chinese New Year falling on 25th January, a stunning Chinese lantern installation has been created to transform Edinburgh’s famous St Giles’ Cathedral with a canopy of over 400 lanterns.

An evening illumination and soundtrack will create a spectacular sensory experience along with a programme of daytime and evening performance and events throughout the festival.

Daytime Entry: Mon – Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm (Free, un-ticketed)

Evening Illumination: Each evening 5:30pm to 8pm. £5 per ticket.

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With special thanks to Peter Backhouse for the photography used throughout this website.