Discover 1,000 years of history in the heart of Edinburgh. Founded in the 1120s, St Giles’ is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It was the church of John Knox during the Reformation and is known as the ‘Cradle of Presbyterianism’. Highlights of a visit include our beautiful stained glass windows, impressive Rieger organ and the famous Thistle Chapel, home of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen). A living church with an active congregation, it is host to some 400,000 visitors every year, who come to experience its unique atmosphere of continuing worship and history.
Opening Times May-Sep: Mon-Fri 0900-1900; Sat 0900-1700; Sun 1300-1700 Oct-Apr: Mon-Sat 0900-1700; Sun 1300-1700