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“Historic Church and Churchyard.”

St Cuthbert's Church
Ranked #111 of 399 things to do in Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Historic Church and Churchyard.”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

I've never been able to find the church open but there are several tombs of historic characters in the Church Yard. Amongst them are the artist Alexander Naysmith and George Meikle Kemp who designed the Scott Monument on Princes Street. A short visit unless you like cemetaries

2 Thank Charlie H
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“Amazingly atmospheric cemetery”
Reviewed 9 October 2011

What will stick with me about St Cuthbert’s was the amazing, green moss-lined cemetery outside this church. Glimpsing views of Edinburgh icons through the trees was wonderful. Although now showing signs of its age, the cemetery is a wonderful place to reflect in peace.
The church itself is a lovely building, looking more like a modern church inside. Beautiful art and a lovely chapel – well worth a visit. I will forever remember St Cuthbert’s as the church in amongst the trees – indeed it was difficult to photograph the church due to the fantastic old trees surrounding it. A lovely place.

Visited August 2011
4 Thank Fiver75
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Albion Park, Australia
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“St Cuthberts Church - History at a Glance”
Reviewed 1 September 2011

If in Edinburgh take time to visit St Cuthberts Church in Lothian Road. For those that like history, search the grave stones - some will amaze you in their detail and design. The church staff are wonderful and friendly. They are happy to show you around and provide you with detail on the history of the church.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank Mark C
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Magnificent Church by Princes Street Gardens”
Reviewed 7 October 2010

As I was walking in Princes Street Gardens, I came upon a beautiful fountain with kids running around in the neighbouring playground. Behind the curtain of water stood a magnificent building, which I instantly decided to investigate. It is well below street level.
It turned out to be St Cuthbert’s church (Church of Scotland). It took me a while to find the entrance, but on such a sunny afternoon, it did not really matter. The church is surrounded by an ancient graveyard. Do not go there if you do not like mathematics, as John Napier, inventor of logarithms is buried there. So is Charles Darwin’s uncle.
In the summer the entrance is signposted, but visitors are always welcome, as I found out when peeked in through a door which turned out to be an automatic door and so opened.
Apparently this site has been used as a church throughout the last millennium, although the surroundings changed beyond recognition. The church and the organ must have been recently refurbished.
The stained glass windows are in excellent condition, and some of them are very modern. They provide the only colour amongst the white walls, and wooden pews and organ. Amazing! At the right hand side of the altar there is a prayer area with chairs for quiet reflection and to light a candle.
There is a visitors’ shop as well, but it was not open when I was there.

4 Thank greatplaingirl
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“ornate church”
Reviewed 27 April 2010

st cuthberts is an ornate church of scotland building between lothian road and princes street gardens. the side chapel is where agatha christie got married for the second time in the 1930's. the main church has lots of marble and a tiffany stained glass window over a hundred years old. the staff are very informative and friendly.theres a small shop and cafe, mainly for tea/coffee and snacks inside. the picture someone has posted on here is of st johns church tower next door, a victorian gothic building also worth a visit with cafe and shop in the vaults.

3 Thank MeandSally
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