Visiting the Cathedral
The Cathedral building and grounds are open almost every day for visiting, public services, and private prayer. Our opening hours are 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. It is free to enter, and donations are gratefully received.
Services times are available on our Services page. The Cathedral is fully wheelchair accessible; there is more information at Accessibility. We have more information too on the history of the building, and its design process.
The Cathedral Grounds
There is more information about the Cathedral grounds, and their ecological importance, here.
This is the oldest house in Edinburgh. It was built between 1610 and 1615 by John Byres, and restored in 1830 by Sir Patrick Walker. Click for more information.
The Song School
This is the small building to the North of Old Coates House to the north of the Cathedral. It was built in the 1880s for the Cathedral Choir’s daily rehearsals and it has been in use almost continuously since then. Its walls are decorated with stunning murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair which illustrate the biblical song known as the Benedicite after the Latin translation of its opening phrase, Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino (O all ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord).
Since it is used by the Choir for rehearsing every day, it is not open to the general public. However, it can be viewed by request, and occasional events (including weddings) are held there. More information is available at Song School.