The Gillis Centre is a place of Christian hospitality to which all are welcome.

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The Gillis Centre
100 Strathearn Road
Edinburgh EH9 1BB

Tel: + 44 (0)131 623 8933
Fax: + 44 (0)131 623 8944

gilliscentre@staned.org.uk

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The Gillis Centre, St. Margaret Chapel, Catholic Archdiocese Edinburgh Chapel and Gardens

The Gillis Centre, St. Margaret Chapel, Catholic Archdiocese Edinburgh Chapel and Gardens

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ABOUT THE GILLIS CENTRE

The Gillis Centre, St. Margaret Chapel, Catholic Archdiocese Edinburgh is different from any other accommodation in Edinburgh. Our history, our role within the Catholic Church, and the architectural and religious interest of St. Margaret’s Chapel make us unique in Scotland.

In the 15th century the land was in the hands of one family and the central building of the present-day Gillis Centre, the Whitehouse, dates from about 1670. From the 18th century the building and the land were owned by different people, but in the early 19th century it was sold to the Catholic Church. In 1832 the Gillis Centre was built around the original Whitehouse and became the first Catholic convent to be set up in Scotland following the Reformation which took place in the 16th century, a significant event in the history of religion in Scotland. Two years later the first nuns arrived.

St Margaret’s Chapel, designed by teh highly respected architect, James Gillespie Graham, was consecrated in 1835 and today houses some exquisite treasures. In the 1830s, the Ursuline Sisters founded a school for girls, St. Margaret's, which was well known in Edinburgh. The school was closed in 1986 and the nuns moved to a house nearby. A seminary for the training of priests was set up, but was closed some years ago and now the Gillis Centre is home to the caring agencies of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, including pastoral resources and the Archdiocesan offices.  In 2010 when Pope Benedict visited Edinburgh, we were proud to host many of the Church dignitaries who accompanied him and each year we welcome visitors from churches of many faiths in many countries.

Our Guest Accommodation, with twenty bedrooms, welcomes people from all over the world and our Conference Centre is a hive of activity daytime and evening, with meetings,
and cunctons, corporate and private..

Our guidebook:  Our guidebook has full information on the fascinating history of the Gillis Centre, the Convent and the Chapel..

Our mission statement

The Gillis Centre is a place of Catholic hospitality to which all are welcome. It is also the home to the curia and agencies of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh which serve and support the work of our priests, parishes and schools.
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