We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

St. Mary's Cathedral

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 6293

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 186 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 75
  • 44
    Very good
  • 9
  • 0
  • 0
Lovely soothing respite from the throbbing city

I managed to attend an Organ Recital by the resident organist last week and it was magical. I was transported to Europe of a bygone age, stunning music. Sad to see a small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
clare w
Galway, Ireland
Add Photo Write a Review

186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 128: English reviews
Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I managed to attend an Organ Recital by the resident organist last week and it was magical. I was transported to Europe of a bygone age, stunning music. Sad to see a small attendance, but I guess organ recitals are a niche audience. Highly recommended and located off Leith Road beside St James' Shopping Centre.

Thank clare w
Level Contributor
118 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Not as amazing as other pieces in the city, this building still deserves an eye. Very smart the idea of an entrance all made of glass, which allows the tourists to look at the beautiful ceiling of the church without interruption the mass.

Thank Carlo P
Oradea, Romania
Level Contributor
74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A beautiful and serene church, we'll worth the visit, photos allowed for a fee which is very reasonable the atmosphere reminds you of were you are, beautiful stained glass windows well wktprth the visit and it's free.

Thank haggistea
Thessaloniki Region, Greece
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

It is a lovely church, though I would not say it is a must see. However, if you do go in, on the right side of the church, while facing front, there are two interesting icons. One is of Jesus Christ, life size, and the other is of a nun, priest and I believe, cardinal. The eyes of Jesus and... More 

Thank Imafoodaholic
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
1,224 reviews
791 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 585 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

St. Mary's Cathedral is a striking old building set in large grounds. Free to enter it is a must see with wonderful architecture, paintings and windows.

Thank Bruce H
Montrose, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
117 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Cool and still with fascinating artwork, including stunning stained glass. Visitors are free to wander, join the service or just sit in quiet contemplation. You do not need to be religious to enjoy this place and its tranquillity

Thank Sally W
Bury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
177 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building, great grounds, inside the chorus is amazing and glazed windows make a colourful reflection, really lovely and it free! Don't miss it!

Thank Eric C
Penticton, Canada
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful 'old' church beautiful inside, many old paintings beautiful pipe organ fills the church, the player was practising some music while we were there

Thank Linda B
Lockerbie, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

On Saturday the 3rd Sept 2016, I was invited to attend the 88th Annual Festivals for the Guild of Servers. Started with a procession round part of the Cathedral outside & into the Cathedral, followed by High Mass. Enjoyable day attended by around 40 folks mostly servers like myself. Plus guests and visitors.

Thank ronaldritchie45
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We found this while we were walking to another place. It was beautiful. It is a place you can sit and see something special whichever way you look. We live in the US and have not seen many churches anywhere in the states as magnificent.

Thank Jomo9074

Travelers who viewed St. Mary's Cathedral also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to St. Mary's Cathedral? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of St. Mary's Cathedral and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from St. Mary's Cathedral staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
Explore this neighborhood