Augustine United Church

Augustine is a diverse, progressive Christian congregation of the United Reformed Church

Standing strong for over a century and a half

Located on Merchant Street, next to the Cowgate, towards an elaborate tower that earned the church the nickname of “the bridecake” when it was opened in 1861.

Our permanent exhibition shares a story that began in one of the city’s most deprived areas and reflects our roots in the ‘Radical’ Scottish Reformation. Vibrant stained glass by Robert Burns (1869–1941) is also featured.

For this year’s Doors Open Festival, we have developed a visual guide to the changes to the building’s interior over the decades. They reflect the church’s evolution from a space famed for its Sunday preaching to one in which the congregation has sought new ways of connecting with partner organisations and the wider community, seven days a week.

Augustine is a Silver Award Eco-Congregation. We are alert to the challenges of maintaining a large and aging building for worship and community use in ways that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the steps we have taken over the years to insulate, effectively heat and retrofit our historic building, as well as addressing accessibility issues.

Booking information:

No advance booking required

Opening dates: 

Saturday September 24th: 11am to 3pm

Sunday September 25th: 2pm to 4pm

Sunday service at 11am which can be attended in person or online through our YouTube channel. All are welcome.


41-43 George VI Bridge




  • Step-free access
  • Routes free from trip hazards
  • Lift access
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Gender neutral toilets
  • Loop system
  • Seating
  • Prayer room
  • Quiet room