Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Closed

Facilities

 

Overview

See where the 6th-century St Serf supposedly slew a dragon. This picturesque former parish church is said to mark the spot. Parts of it are 800 years old, and its layout shows how the Reformation of 1560 shaped worship.

The Dupplin Cross – a superb Pictish carving of the early 9th century – was re-erected here for its better preservation in 2002.

What to see and do

  • Admire the Romanesque architecture of the church, with its rare survivals of the medieval stone-carver’s art
  • Study the church layout – a fine example of a typical post-Reformation kirk, fitted out for Presbyterian worship
  • View the Latin inscription on the Dupplin Cross – it uniquely records the name of a Pictish king
  • Check out the wonderful examples of Pictish sculpture on the cross – most notably the finely carved figures
  • Learn of the close links between the kingdoms of the Picts, Scots and Northumbria from the decoration of the cross
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the church or try your hand at our colouring sheet. Available on site

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