St Giles’ Cathedral roof tours

St Giles’ Cathderal

Tours on the roof of St Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral 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.

Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).

Since summer 2014, St Giles’ Cathedral opened their roof space to the public. The tours are available to book in person and will give you access to the new roof platform in 20 minute sessions. You will get wonderful views over the Royal Mile, but also up close and personal with the beautiful crown spire.

There is a charge for the small group tour (four people and one guide) to help raise money two enable St Giles’ to stay open to the public. £6 per person. All monies from the tour go to the upkeep of the building and running costs.

Tours are available between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday only. You can book your tour one week in advance only. i.e if you want to go up on a Thursday, you can book that (in person) from the Monday before.

Please look at the terms and conditions.

Our photo from the roof, June 2014

Further information

The cathedral is open to the public and regularly hosts musical concerts. St Giles’ embraces social media and they have their own Facebook page and twitter account @StGilesHighKirk.

The bell tower

The new walkway

360 degree views

The view during the Fringe.

The view during the Fringe.

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