St Triduana's Chapel, Restalrig Collegiate Church

  • Restalrig Road South, Edinburgh EH7 6DY



St Triduana’s was one of the most remarkable buildings in Scotland during the 1400s. The remaining lower storey of the hexagonal chapel remains an impressive and unusual piece of architecture, constructed with considerable skill.

The wellhouse known as St Margaret’s Well in Holyrood Park was originally located near St Triduana’s.

A holy spring

St Triduana’s Chapel is situated in Restalrig, near central Edinburgh. St Triduana, a Pictish saint, is said to have been blinded and martyred in the AD 500s. The holy water from the spring here became associated with cures for eye ailments.

A church has been recorded on the site of St Triduana’s Chapel since the 1100s, and fragments of earlier buildings have been identified.

James III ordered construction of St Triduana’s Aisle in around 1477. It was completed about 10 years later, and the church was given collegiate status as the Deanery of Restalrig.

The chapel’s high status and royal associations might have made it an early victim of the Protestant Reformation of 1560. On 21 December of that year, the General Assembly ordered the destruction and quarrying of the church buildings. Only the lower level of the aisle and some church walls survived.

Opening times

Access is by prior arrangement during the following times by calling St Margaret's Parish Church on 0131 554 7400. 

Mon to Sat from 9am to 5pm
Sun from 12.30pm to 5pm.

Historic Scotland

Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.