Aberdeen Cathedral

The main place of worship in the Catholic diocese of Aberdeen the Cathedral was opened in 1860 and has many attractive architectural and liturgical features.

About this church

Our Cathedral was opened in December 1860 as the principal Catholic Church in the west end of the city, replacing St Peters church in the Castlegate, when there were about 1,000 Catholics out of a population of 74,000 and the number of Catholics was increasing. It became the Cathedral when the post reformation diocese was set up in 1878. The architect of the church was Alexander Ellis, a local man. The spire, added with the bells in 1876-1877, was designed by RG Wilson. The church was rededicated in I960, the centenary of its opening, after the interior had been extensively simplified, anticipating by some years the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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