Visiting Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
Gift Shop Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 16.30
Sunday 13.00 – 16.30
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 email@example.com 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 2020. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.’
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.