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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

St. Mary's Cathedral

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 23 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 225 6293

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 195 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 78
  • 47
    Very good
  • 9
  • 0
  • 0
Wonderful Church

Went in to look for a memorial to my uncle. Great place to walk around or sit and have a of piece and quiet just of the West End

Reviewed 5 days ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 134: English reviews
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went in to look for a memorial to my uncle. Great place to walk around or sit and have a of piece and quiet just of the West End

Thank GBS2260
Grande Prairie
Level Contributor
142 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The archetecture and photo ops were outstanding! Great location, very welcoming, and a pleasure to see.

Thank bernadette59
Piratininga, SP
Level Contributor
129 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

More or less 2 blocks out of Princess street - it is a wonderful Cathedral in the way to the Modern Art Gallery

Thank FabyAoki
Borders, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I visited this Cathedral for a Classical Music Concert. The towers from the outside are really impressive yet don't reflect the grandeur of the inside .The sheer height and scale of the stonework is astounding . . Lovely comfortable seats , how delightful. The High Alter is a delight as well as the Chancel. I am Definatly returning for an... More 

Thank Birkdale11
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
1,103 reviews
824 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 535 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

When standing up on Calton hill during a sunset of our recent visit to Edinburgh, the city is so beautiful, with it's old buildings, and flags, towers and of course dreamy spires, which St Marys is one that contributes to the beautiful vista that is Edinburgh's skyline, spectacular!

2 Thank Theycallitmadness
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
221 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I agree with others that this no architectural marvel like St. Giles, but it is still a nice place. There are also statues outside, one of which is a hand. Though it has prayerful meaning, it reminded me of my cousin as I waked past it nearly every day on my three week visit. Keiko, you lost the hand!

Thank imouse1
Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
67 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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.

1 Thank clare w
Level Contributor
166 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 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.

1 Thank Carlo P
Oradea, Romania
Level Contributor
76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 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.

1 Thank haggistea
Thessaloniki Region, Greece
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 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

Travellers 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
2 questions
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

Neighbourhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods 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 theatres 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 neighbourhood