St Vincent’s is the village church in the heart of the city.

Not long ago an ordinand’s research project concluded that ‘we are a healthy, growing, loving and open community of Christ’.

St Vincent’s is in Edinburgh’s Northern New Town on its border with Stockbridge – and immediately opposite William Playfair’s much larger St Stephen’s. A Gothic gem, St Vincent’s was built by the brothers John, William & James Hay of Liverpool and opened in 1857.

Between 1967 and 1996 St Vincent’s was also the home of the Hereditary Commandery of Lochore of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus. Their impressive armorial embellishments adorn the interior.

We are a Scottish Episcopal Church

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Our purpose is to worship God and serve the Northern New Town and Stockbridge. We warmly welcome visitors and new members, including those of any, or no, faith.

On arrival for a service, we’ll hand you a service pamphlet and Scottish Prayer Book – and a Hymn Book when there’s music. Choose where to sit for yourself.


The south side of St Vincent’s on Circus Lane.

St Vincent’s is in the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s Diocese of Edinburgh, and within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

We are a Centre for Music Making and Community Use

We welcome musicians who come to learn, rehearse and perform; they praise the comfort and acoustics of St Vincent’s.

A Report To History for string and clarinet quintet, composed in 2016 by our Composer in Residence Dr Harry Whalley, specifically for the very fine acoustics of St Vincent’s. It was first performed in October 2016 by the Gildas Quartet with Pete Furniss, clarinet.

St Vincent’s Refectory, seating up to 30, is also ideal for small meetings.

Inside St Vincent's and looking to the back of the church and Refectory beyond with the significant west window above.
Inside St Vincent’s and looking to the back of the church and Refectory beyond.