St Giles’ is open for visitors. Information on Sunday Worship can be found here.

Current Opening Times:


1pm – 5pm

There are a few rules we’ll need you to follow whilst you visit:

You’ll need to sanitise your hands as you come in
You’ll need to wear a mask (unless medically exempt)
If you have any symptoms (coughing, loss of taste or smell or a temperature), you should not visit
Please don’t touch anything as you’re visiting
Please make sure you maintain a distance of 2m from other visitors
As usual, we ask you do not eat and drink in the Cathedral
We don’t have toilet facilities at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions

If you would like to help us through this time, please head to our donation page here

Group Visits

If you would like to bring a group to tour St Giles’ we offer different types of group visits. Please email for more information. When you do, be sure to let us know whether you will be bringing your own guide, or would like St Giles’ to provide a guide for you.

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’


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


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


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.


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

The following sections are still affected by Covid-19 restrictions and are not running at the moment. If you would like more information, please email

Guided Rooftop Tours

(not currently running)

Rooftop tours currently run Saturday 10.30am – 4pm and Sunday 1.30pm – 4pm. Tours can take a maximum of 4 people and cost £6 per person. All bookings are taken on the day, as occasionally we may have to close at short notice. Vouchers are also available as gifts. For more information please email or visit our Welcome Desk. Please see here for terms and conditions: Website Ts and Cs

Guided Walking Tours

(not currently running)

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 a half an hour. 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.

If you cannot make these days and times, please do check at the front desk, as there is often a volunteer guide on hand to take visitors round.

If you are a group of more than 5 people and are interested in a tour of the building, please note that you will need to book in advance. See our website or email for more details.’


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