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Inverness Cathedral
Vacation Travel Guide

Discover the intriguing art and artifacts housed inside this controversial cathedral in the city center.

Inverness Cathedral, also known as St. Andrews Cathedral, is in a northern diocese of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The cathedral’s architecture prompts much debate, yet it’s one of Inverness’ most remarkable churches. View the cathedral’s controversial exterior and step inside to see its historic treasures.

The cathedral was constructed in 1869 by local architect Alexander Ross. Admire the distinctive reddish sandstone towers flanking the cathedral’s entrance. The spires that were originally intended to crown these square Gothic towers were ultimately omitted due to a lack of funds, polarizing public opinion about the cathedral’s final appearance.

As you walk inside the cathedral, look at the polished Peterhead granite pillars separating the bays of the nave. Don’t miss the gorgeous choir, which is made from Austrian oak. The choir screen was added in 1923, while the stalls date back to 1909.

Check out the white marble angel font, a copy of Copenhagen’s kneeling angel font by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. The angel’s face is different from the original, modeled after the wife of its donor, Colonel Learmonth.

Take your time viewing the cathedral’s beautiful stained-glass windows. Pay particular attention to the depiction of the Last Judgement in the gable above the west door, which is among the largest stained-glass windows in the country. This window is the diocese’s memorial to Bishop Eden, who inspired the building of the cathedral.

View the 19th-century icons given to Bishop Eden by Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The central icon depicts Jesus Christ, while the one on the left shows the Trinity with a group of saints. Another icon of Christ is on the right.

The cathedral continues to be one of Inverness’ most important places of worship, hosting regular Sunday services as well as various civic and community events. Try to catch one of the choral evensong performances, which are held once per month and on special occasions.

Inverness Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. Reach it by foot or bus on the west bank of the Ness River. Form your own opinion about the design of this grand Victorian cathedral.

Top Hotels Close to Inverness Cathedral

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $115 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Bellfield ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)

"Very nice spacious room, friendly staff and great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 25, 2020

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Ness Walk
Ness Walk
5 out of 5
12 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $231 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in the heart of Inverness, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Bellfield ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (154 reviews)

"What a place to escape. We were treated like royalty our whole stay. We were greeted at the doorway, helped with luggage and offered a glass of champagne while we heard all about the hotel. Superb location a 10minute walk from centre. Feel so rested. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2020

Ness Walk
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
9 Annfield Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $81 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in Inverness, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Bellfield Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (526 reviews)

"The staff were all very helpful and friendly, check in and out was quick and easy. There was plenty of parking and the Hotel was in a lovely quiet area but only 15 minutes walk down into town. The pool and small gym was an added bonus. We felt very safe with all the necessary Covid safety measures ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Inverness Cathedral

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $115 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Ness Walk
Ness Walk
5 out of 5
12 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $231 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Ness Walk
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
9 Annfield Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $81 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $72 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Jurys Inn Inverness
Jurys Inn Inverness
4 out of 5
Millburn Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $81 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
Jurys Inn Inverness
Glen Mhor Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
3 out of 5
8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $69 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Glen Mhor Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
4 out of 5
Church Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $75 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Mercure Inverness Hotel
Heathmount
Heathmount
3 out of 5
Kingsmills Road, Inverness, Scotland
Heathmount
Highland Apartments By Mansley
Highland Apartments By Mansley
4 out of 5
Living by the Bridge, 20-23 Bridge St, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $162 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Highland Apartments By Mansley
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.