Canongate Kirk

City of Edinburgh | Old Town | Church | ★★

[Canongate Kirk]

Attend a Sunday service at this little church on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, and perhaps you'll rub shoulders with celebrity guests. Canongate Kirk is the official place of worship for both Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, with both buildings lying within the parish boundary. Front row pews decorated with their relevant coats of arms are reserved for possible congregants, though we assume they often remain empty. Beyond the famous connections, the interior is wonderfully bright and airy, with unusual blue pews and even a row of rainbow seating under the apse. Pop in if you're in the area - the church is open daily over the summer months.

[The Royal Pew]

Location & info

📌 Canongate Kirk ★★
153 Canongate, Royal Mile, 15-min walk east of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 264739 ///suffice.oasis.prone
🚌 Canongate | 🚆 Edinburgh Waverley | 🚋 St Andrew Square (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Car parks / street parking nearby (both charge)
Usually daily, May to September | Free



[The Royal Pew]

[Edinburgh Castle pew]

[Rainbow-coloured seating]

[Side chapel]


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