The Parish Church of St Cuthbert

Lothian Road, Edinburgh 

View of St Cuthberts up to the Castle

A lively, vibrant church in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, with roots going back thirteen hundred years. We are active members of various projects supporting social welfare, homelessness, and the arts. We are also members of the Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together group, along with St Andrews and St Georges West, and The Church of St John the Evangelist.

St Cuthbert’s Parish Church is believed to be the oldest Christian site in Edinburgh. We have been nurturing hearts for God since St Cuthbert founded the first church on this site around 670AD.

In the surrounding graveyard, one of the largest in Edinburgh from the Burke and Hare era, you can find such varied people as Thomas De Quincey, writer of Confessions of an English Opium Eater, William Macao, first naturalised Chinese citizen of Scotland, and John Napier, father of logarithms.

Explore our buildings: the 1894 church designed by Hippolyte Blanc and the Memorial Chapel, where Agatha Christie was remarried in 1930. You can see our stunning examples of stained glass, including our famous Tiffany window, with the image of David heading off to face Goliath.

Regular Sunday services are held at 9:30am, 11am, and 6pm (a service of light and annointing).

You’ll find us on the corner of Lothian Road and King’s Stables Road in Edinburgh, Scotland (EH1 2EP), at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

For support, services, or further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at administrator@stcuthberts.net.

Easter Services

  • Palm Sunday – 14th April
    • 11AM – Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord
    • 6PM – The Way of the Cross
  • Holy Wednesday – 17th April
    • 12.30-2PM and 5-7.30PM
    • Holy Week soul space – Jesus as Saviour
    • Led Reflections at 1PM and 7PM
  • Maundy Thursday – 18th April
    • 12.45PM – Maundy Thursday Lunchtime Community Service
    • 7PM – Holy Communion followed by the Tenebrae Vigil
  • Good Friday – 19th April
    • 11AM – Good Friday Service
    • 7PM – Good Friday Evening Reflection
  • Easter Sunday – 21st April
    • 7.30AM – Easter Dawn Communion, followed by breakfast
    • 11AM – Easter Holy Communion
    • 6PM – Easter Evening Reflective Service


This Candlemas Sunday, we ordained four new elders and welcomed them onto the Kirk Session at St Cuthbert’s, in a joyous ceremony.


A lovely view of our church, filled to bursting during this year’s Fettes College Christmas Carol Service can be found here.


The DreamView Tours Directory have just released a stunning 3D tour of St Cuthberts. This is a great way to virtually tour our building, seeing all the art and architecture from the comfort of your own sofa! Drop over and have a look at it here and share the news!

Be sure to check out our Church Calendar

Weekly Intimations

You can download a booklet containing a Daily Office with Night Prayer here.