St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

Denomination: Scottish Episcopal
Address: Palmerston Place , Edinburgh , EH12 5AW
Local Authority: Edinburgh
Listing: A


Church Overview

Consecrated in 1879, St Mary’s, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, is one of the world’s great neo-Gothic buildings. Its three spire dominate the West End skyline; close up, the cathedral rejoices in a wealth of ornate and symbolic detail. Stained glass by Paolozzi, rood cross by Robert Lorimer and J Oldrid Scott’s high altar reredos, featuring a carved Crucifixion by Mary Grant of Kilgraston. Organ by ‘Father’ Willis 1879, rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. In the grounds stand the 17th-century Old Coates House and the Song School, famous for its recently restored murals painted by Phoebe Anna Traquair 1888-92 on the theme of ‘Benedicite omnia opera’. The Cathedral maintains an internationally renowned choir, which sings on Sundays and for Evensong on weekdays.


Sundays: 8am; 10.30am; 3.30pm

Weekdays: 8am; 5.30pm

For other services, check website.

Opening Arrangements

Open all day from 8am-6pm. Tours of the Song School in August or by appointment.

Guide book available   Induction loop for the deaf Welcomers and guides on duty by arrangement.  Disabled WC Disabled toilets are available in the nearby Walpole Hall

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St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh


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