Visiting Opening Hours
Summer Opening Hours (May – September)
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday 13.00 – 17.00
Winter Opening Hours (October – April)
Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
Gift Shop Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.30 (Summer) / 16.30 (Winter)
Saturday 10.00 – 16.30
Sunday 13.00 – 16.30
Café Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday 11.00 to 17.00
Guided Rooftop Tours
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Welcome Desk. Please see here for terms and conditions: Website Ts and Cs
If you would like to bring a group to tour St Giles’ we offer different types of group visits. For details and conditions please take a look at our Group Visit Brochure 2019. Please email Groups@stgilescathedral.org.uk 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. Please note we do not admit groups between 11.30am and 12.30pm due to our noon service.
Guided Walking Tours
We offer a walking tour of the church on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm. Our guide Jess will give you an overview of the Cathedral’s long history, as well as sharing historical tidbits and stories. You will also get to see inside our spectacular Thistle Chapel, home of Scotland’s own Order of the Thistle. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/stgilescathedral/
The church is accessible via ramps at the west door, which is the main entrance into the building. Inside, the Thistle Chapel and the downstairs café are the only areas which cannot be accessed. There is an outside entrance to the café on the south face of the building with a smaller number of steps.
Closures and Services
Please note that St Giles’ is a working church and access may be restricted without notice. A short worship service takes place from 12.00 – 12.10 Monday – Saturday, during which we respectfully ask for silence from our visitors. During this service, photography is not permitted. Please consult the calendar for planned closures.
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