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Visitor Guide

St Giles’ Cathedral is a site of significant spiritual, historical and architectural interest. Each year it attracts over 1,000,000 visitors from all over the world. We welcome folks of all ages, interests and faith backgrounds to volunteer with us. With over 900 years of history to share, we are always keen for more voices to help us to share it. Our volunteer guides are the first point of contact for most visitors and play a a crucial role in ensuring the quality of their experience – each encounter with the guides has the potential to make someone’s visit. Apply now and give a few hours a week to volunteer in one of the most beautiful buildings in Edinburgh.

About St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles’ has been part of the city since 1124, with much of the building you see today constructed in the late 1300s and 1400s. It has been home to many key events in Scotland’s history and is the birthplace of the Presbyterianism and the Scottish Reformation. There are centuries of architecture and art here, from medieval stonework to Victorian windows, and the neo-Gothic Thistle Chapel. Not only are we an important historical site, but also a working parish church and cultural centre, hosting various musicians from around the world for evening and lunchtime concerts.

Experience Required

We are interested in applicants who are friendly, helpful, have good communication skills and are able to convey their knowledge, interest and enthusiasm to others. Good timekeeping is essential, and the ability to speak other languages is advantageous , but in no way necessary. If you haven't volunteered in a heritage environment before or are not familiar with local history, no worries- we look for enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Training Details

We provide all the necessary literature for study, including a volunteer guidebook. There will also be plenty of opportunities to have one-on-one guided tours with staff members and other volunteers to ensure you feel comfortable with the material. This is also a great chance to learn what really excites you about the cathedral, and to craft tours and stories of your own. Every volunteer is different, as are their favourite areas of interest!

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

At least one 2-hour shift per week. As you are giving up your time to us, we of course understand that you may need to take some time off now and then which we are happy to accommodate. While we strive to accommodate schedules where we can we are unable to take on very short-term volunteers ( e.g. 3 months).

Location/Travel Details

Guiding takes place in St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. It is a short walk from Waverley Railway Station and most bus routes through Edinburgh City Centre pass close by.


No expenses paid

Accessibility Details

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