Perth Cathedral

Perth Cathedral was the first to be built in Britain after the Reformation and stands on ground that originally formed part of the Blackfriars Monastery and is dedicated to St Ninian, the first name we know in the Christian history of Scotland.

Perth, Highland

Opening times

We are open to visitors Monday to Thursday 9am until 1pm.


North Methven Street

Perth Cathedral was built by the London architect, William Butterfield and is an A listed building. In the year he designed St Ninians he also designed Adelaide Cathedral in Australia and Fredericton in Canada. The Butterfield design was completed in two phases in 1850 and 1890. Another London architect, John L Pearson designed the Lady Chapel and the Chapter House around 1900; these additions were carried out by his son, Frank Pearson. Episcopal churches are usually aligned east to west that the morning sun rises and shines through the window above the altar. Above the altar at the cathedral there is a beautiful baldacchino designed by Pearson. In the middle ages important people moving around had an escort of four men holding poles upright with a silk cover stretched between them to protect them from the sun. The Doge of Venice is usually pictured under one of these. This feature over the altar is similar and is called a baldacchino.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Scottish Episcopal Church

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