St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

Denomination: Non-denominational
OS Reference: NT252735
Address: Edinburgh Castle , Edinburgh , EH1 2NG
Local Authority: Edinburgh
Listing: A

Church Overview

The earliest surviving building on the Castle Rock, the Chapel may have been built by David I in memory of his mother, canonised as St Margaret in 1250. The building was much altered during use as a magazine and munitions store from 16th-19th centuries. In 1845 the Chapel (then a storehouse at the W end of the 18th century garrison chapel) was rediscovered as such by the antiquarian Daniel Wilson. Surrounding buildings, including the garrison chapel, were demolished, and a simple restoration carried out under the direction of Col George Phillpots and Maximilian Grant, 1851-2. Further alterations were made in the 1930s. The interior is divided into two by a fine arch decorated with chevron ornament. Semi-circular east chancel. Copy of the Gospel Book owned by St Margaret to whom the chapel was dedicated by her son, David I. Stained glass windows depicting St Andrew, St Ninian, St Columba and St Margaret by Douglas Strachan c.1930. The flowers in the chapel are provided by members of St Margaret’s Guild Magnificent views from castle ramparts. Other attractions within the castle (Historic Scotland) include ‘Honours of the Kingdom’ exhibition with the Stone of Destiny.  The Chapel is non denominational.


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Opening Arrangements

Open summer 9.30am-6.00pm, winter 9.30am-5.00pm. Charge for entry to Castle

Access for partially abled   Welcomers and guides on duty by arrangement.

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St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle


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