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Canongate Kirk – an active community with ancient traditions and a vibrant sense of Christ’s calling in today’s city.

We are the parish church of Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town and a congregation of the Church of Scotland. The parish includes the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament, and Edinburgh Castle.


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Worship is at the centre of our life together. Canongate Kirk is a congregation with ancient traditions and a vibrant sense of Christ’s calling in today’s city. We worship in the Presbyterian tradition, and follow the Revised Common Lectionary. Through our worship, we seek to be open to new ideas, welcoming of all people, respectful …

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The calendar for Canongate Kirk services, congregational events, concerts, and community bookings. If you are interested in learning more about booking space at Canongate Kirk or the Harry Younger Hall, please see our Bookings page and get in touch.  

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Welcome to Canongate Kirk. Whether you have come from around the world or are exploring your own backyard, we are pleased to have you here. Canongate Kirk is an ancient church with a fascinating history – and a contemporary Christian community that feels called to serve and to worship Christ today. We hope that you …

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“The Church came to the Canongate before the houses.” A history of the Kirk in the Canongate by Ronald Selby Wright. The Canongate was a separate burgh before it was formally absorbed by Edinburgh in 1856. By the late 1970s, the lower part of the Royal Mile, including the Canongate, had become unfashionable and run down. The …

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The Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland seeks to be a church that inspires the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities. With over 1000 congregations throughout the country, the Church of Scotland strives to express our love for God by our love and practical care …

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Our Military Connections

It is said that the Canongate connection with Edinburgh Castle goes back through the mists of time to the twelfth century, when the Abbey of the Holy Rood was first established by Canons of the Augustinian order already founded on the castle rock. To this day Edinburgh Castle remains part of the parish of Canongate …

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These are some members of our extended community. Acts: Action of Churches Together in Scotland –  Scotland’s national ecumenical instrument, Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) brings together nine denominations in Scotland Blythswood Care: combines the Christian message with practical help for those in need at home and abroad, regardless of their political or religious beliefs or …

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