Europe | United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain | Scotland | Edinburgh – Hidden Gems of the Cowgate
Hidden below George IV Bridge in Edinburghs Cowgate are two little known buildings, both worth a visit and both charge no entry fee. The first is St Cecelias Hall, Edinburghs oldest Concert Room and home to Edinburgh Universitys collection of early keyboard instruments. Unfortunately we tried to visit it on a Thursday and during the winter it only opens on Wednesdays. The second, just a hundred yards closer to the Grassmarket is St Magdalens Chapel, considered to be one of Scotlands three most important religious buildings it is where the first and second General Assemblies of The Church of Scotland were held. The chapel was the home for many years of the Hammermen’s Guild and is now the headquarters of The Reformation Society. It contains several original features including the only pre-reformation window in Scotland. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm its custodian, the Reverend A Sinclair Horne is always delighted to explain the building to visitors.
The pity is we called too late in the day for a proper look and must call again, but next time on a Wednesday and fit in St Cecelias Hall as well.