Please do not visit St Giles’ if you should be quarantining.

If you are planning on visiting at this time, please watch the video below.

Visiting Opening Hours

Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday 10.00-14.00
Sunday Closed

Gift Shop Opening Hours
The Cathedral Shop re-opened on 31 August. Before re-opening, some changes were necessary to ensure our staff are able to come back to their duties feeling safe and protected, and to allow customers to purchase in a safe environment. Deep cleaning was undertaken and the shop’s lower entrance closed – access is now solely through the cathedral, with a one-way system in place and reduced numbers of visitors to allow for social distancing. We’ve also rearranged stock and changed some equipment: you’ll notice a Perspex screen over the counter for staff protection, the amount of stock on display has been reduced and we’ve rearranged the stands to keep most of them inside the shop – this will allow us to keep touch spots in control and do regular cleaning.

Remember, as you visit St Giles’, you’ll need to follow these guidelines:

Wear a face covering

Avoid touching anything

Respect Social Distancing
Go Home if you have any symptoms
Sanitise your hands

Avoid eating or drinking

Disabled Access

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.

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

Group Visits

(not currently running)

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 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

(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.’

Closures and Services

Please note that St Giles’ is a working church and access may be restricted without notice. Please consult the calendar for planned closures.

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