City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Tron Kirk


Tron Kirk
179 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1QW
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Old Town Edinburgh
Edinburgh Area: 
The Cowgate
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 
129

Central, historic kirk (church) building in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town that has been renovated in recent years and is now a popular festival bar, cafe, and music venue. With its tall stone walls and stain glass windows is a unique destination for gigs.

The venue has also been used as a small marketplace and in the long term is expected to eventually be a visitor attraction run by Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.

Background

The Tron Kirk, situated in the heart of the Old Town, was commissioned by King Charles I and built by Scottish architect John Myle between 1636 and 1647.

It originally served as the city’s principal parish church and was the gathering place for Hogmanay celebrations.

It ceased to be a church in 1952 and was mostly closed to the public for decades.

The grade ‘A’ listed building is a site of immense historical and archaeological importance: the remains of Edinburgh’s oldest surviving street – the 16th Century Marlin’s Wynd – lie beneath the site.