Holidays in Inverness Cathedral

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Inverness Cathedral featuring heritage elements, heritage architecture and night scenes

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.

697 Cheap Hotels Near Inverness Cathedral

Glen Mhor Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
3 out of 5
8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$102 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
Located in Inverness City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Castle, University of the Highlands & Islands, and Inverness ...
3.9/5 Good! (955 reviews)
"Nice riverside location, convenient for the city centre and transport. Friendly staff. Will stay there again. Can recommend the hotel's Waterside Restaurant."

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

Glen Mhor Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$139 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Bellfield ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (945 reviews)
"Mostly ok but a lot of noisy disturbance outside our room at 1am on second night. Disappointed that this was allowed"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$129 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Castle and Inverness Cathedral. Eden Court Theatre ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (967 reviews)
"Overall excellent"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

The Royal Highland Hotel
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Top Inverness Cathedral Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Ardross Glencairn
Ardross Glencairn
3 out of 5
18-20 Ardross Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$91 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Ardross Glencairn
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$139 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Glen Mhor Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
3 out of 5
8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$102 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
Glen Mhor Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$129 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
The Royal Highland Hotel
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$93 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel
Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel
4 out of 5
20 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$139 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel
Ness Walk
Ness Walk
5 out of 5
12 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$306 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Ness Walk
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
8 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$141 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
The Glen Mhor Apartments
The Glen Mhor Apartments
3 out of 5
8 - 15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$190 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
The Glen Mhor Apartments
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