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If you’re able, we ask you wear a mask
If you have any symptoms (coughing, loss of taste or smell or a temperature), you should not visit

Opening Hours

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10am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
9am – 5pm
1pm – 5pm

Group Visits

If you would like to bring a group of more than 5 people to St Giles’ you will need to book in advance. We offer different types of group visits. Please email Groups@stgilescathedral.org.uk for more information.

Guided Walking Tours

Come join us at 10.30am or 2.30pm for our daily short walking tours of St Giles’ Cathedral. These tours are free, and will last around 45 minutes. Our guide will tell you stories from the building’s early foundations to John Knox’s Reformation, and show you into the famous Thistle Chapel, home to the Order of the Thistle. From rebellions to royals, guilds to guillotines, and even a unicorn, this tour has it all.

Please note, these times are for guided tours. It is still possible to visit St Giles’ during our usual opening hours listed above.

Book in advance at Eventbrite: 10:30am tour // 2:30pm tour

Please let us know if you cannot make the tour, as demand is high and so we will offer your space to someone else.

Audio Tour

We are very excited to offer a new Audio Tour! This tour will lead you through the building, revealing secrets and stories about St Giles’ as well as explaining our rich history and architectural features. This tour is accessed on your phone via a QR code, which means you can be in charge of your own tour, stopping and starting as it suits you.

The tour lasts 45 minutes and currently only offered in English. You will need a smartphone, headphones for best experience (not mandatory) and 25MB of download space. The tour can be purchased for £5.50 at the front desk.

Accessibility

We want to make sure everyone is able to visit St Giles’ and enjoy the building’s atmosphere and history. Please visit our Access page for more information.

Bringing Children?

We’ve got a few things for kids to do before they come, or whilst they’re here. You can find them here!

How to get to St Giles’

Bus

Being at the heart of Edinburgh, St Giles’ is easily accessible by bus. Stops on George IV bridge are the closest, but North Bridge and South Bridge stops are a 3-minute walk away. Stops on Princes Street are slightly further and would require walking up hill. To plan your route, visit Lothian Buses route planner

Train

The closest train stations is Edinburgh Waverly on Princes Street. Similarly to the bus, it is a 5-minute walk uphill to St Giles’.

Car

There is no parking close to the Cathedral, except for two disabled parking bays at the East side of the Cathedral, accessible by driving down the High Street from the crossroads at George IV Bridge. The closest parking is on King’s Stables Road (EH3 9DR) which is an 11-minute walk, taking in the Castle and the start of the Royal Mile.

Cycle

There is a bicycle locking area outside the High Court, just across from the Cathedral.