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.

“Beautiful oasis in the bustle of the city”

St. Andrew's Cathedral
Reviewed August 24, 2012

St. Andrew's Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen is one of the hidden architectural gems of Scotland (and indeed the UK). Sadly, too many don't realise the cathedral is there. Although not huge when compared to other cathedrals, what it lacks in size it makes up for in its sheer beauty.

The cathedral is long and narrow, beautifully white inside, with an heraldic ceiling in the north and south aisles, and in the Quire and Sanctuary. The visitor's eyes are drawn up the Nave to the beautiful East window and gilded baldacchino (canopy) over the High Altar.

St Andrew's Cathedral has an important place in the US Episcopalian heritage: Rev Samuel Seabury was ordained the USA's first anglican bishop in Aberdeen on 14th November, 1784. The present cathedral was enlarged and beautified by Aberdonian architect, Sir Ninian Comper in commemoration of that event.

St Andrew's Cathedral boasts a splendid musical heritage and currently maintains five choirs - including a traditional choir of Boys and Men (now the only Scottish cathedral to do so) who sing at four choral services each week. The cathedral also houses one of Scotland's finest pipe organs, presided over by the Cathedral's Organist and Master of the Choristers (of thirty years) Prof. Andrew Morrisson.

The Cathedral has a warm acoustic and hosts many concerts in the year. It is a bright, spacious and friendly building, well worth visiting.

However, the Cathedral - like many other places of worship - is showing signs of is age, and clearly needs restoration in many areas of the fabric. There is an extensive restoration and redevelopment plan.

St Andrew's Cathedral Aberdeen has much to offer the visitor: beautiful architecture, splendid music and liturgy, a good shop in the North West corner, a warm welcome: but most of all peace and tranquility just metres from one of this fine city's busiest roads.

I was privileged to be a boy Chorister here over thirty years ago. I have not visited for twenty years or so; but pushing open the West Doors and seeing the wonderful building stretching before me, made my heart leap at its beauty and simplicity. If you are in Aberdeen, please do go and this true gem - you will not be disappointed!

1  Thank Rev-Geordie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (19)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Filter

10 - 14 of 19 reviews

Reviewed June 26, 2012

Went along to 8am service, no one greeting. Walked round, walked out - no one noticed. Pity, nice building.

2  Thank ClintBear
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 30, 2010

St Andrew's Cathedral is part of the Scottish Episcopal Church; it should not be confused with the much older St Machar's Cathedral (of the Church of Scotland - which is Presbyterian). St Andrew's Cathedral is a delightful Anglican cathedral - it was built in the 19th century and is one of the smaller cathedrals. St Andrew's Cathedral has close ties with the Episcopal Church in the USA - Samuel Seabury was consecrated in Aberdeen in 1784 as the first Anglican Bishop in the USA (though not actually within St Andrew's Cathedral, which had then not yet been built). Both St Andrew's Cathedral and St Machar's Cathedral will be of interest to anyone who loves cathedrals.

1  Thank Matthew303
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 6 days ago
Google Translation

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile
Google Translation

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed St. Andrew's Cathedral also viewed

 
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
 

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

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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

Claim Your Listing