Canongate Kirk

When stepping up to Canongate Kirk you may be excused for not quite knowing what the building is, the front is unusual with its flat facade, heavy Doric porch and strange Dutch style gable, topped by a set of real antlers.

About this church

Above the porch is a plaque to Thomas Moodie, who left money in his will to build this conundrum.

It was opened in 1691, and its layout is unique for its time.

Canongage is the parish church for the Palace of Holyrood House, the home of the Queen in Scotland, which explains the Royal pew at the front of the church and the military colours hanging over the nave.

The white interior, with much pale blue painted woodwork including pews, give a startling, elegant effect.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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