Hear the story of Greyfriars


Built on the site of a pre-Reformation Franciscan monastery, our iconic building offers much to see and appreciate, from reading the words of the National Covenant (signed here in the Kirkyard in 1638), right through to contemporary additions, such as our magnificent organ that dominates the sanctuary. You learn more about our past on our History and Heritage page.

Today Greyfriars is home to an active worshipping community of the Church of Scotland, with weekly services at different times. All are most welcome to join, whether of faith or not.

We also have special services, concerts, ceilidhs, exhibitions, group visits and much, much more taking place here (with full details on our Events page). You may find the church a hive of activity on the day you visit! For this reason, the Yester aisle to the right of the chancel is set aside as a place for quiet prayer and reflection, and you are welcome to light a candle or leave a prayer.

We seek to offer hospitality in the name of Christ and, though we have a story to tell, we are also eager to hear yours, whatever your faith or beliefs.

As a community, we look after this sacred place not just for ourselves but for the sake of all, and we offer you the warmest of welcomes.