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St Giles’ Cathedral stands on the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh. Its crowned spire is one of the most recognizable in the city.




St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic city church of Edinburgh. It stands on the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh, between George the IV Bridge and The Bridges and a church, in some shape or form has been in attendance here since around about the 11th century. St Giles is the Mother church of Presbyterianism¬† and played a crucial role during the 14th century Reformation, led by John Knox.

The Cathedral features a beautiful and iconic crowned spire, many 18th century stained glass windows, and the staggeringly detailed Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. St Giles is still a place of worship as much as it is a busy tourist attraction.



Official visitor information, including opening times and information for organized groups, plus info about the gift shop and cafe :


The St Giles’ Cathedral official website:


St Giles Cathedral sits on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s oldest street. Learn about the Royal Mile here:


… and the Royal Mile sits within Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town! Learn about the Old Town here:


Looking for another attraction near to St Giles’ Cathedral? You might enjoy the Museum on the Mound: