Kirk of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

Kirk of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

The Kirk of St Nicholas is a historic church that dates as far back as 1151. The church was significantly upgraded in the 15th century and again in 1755. It is considered the Mither Kirk, or mother church, of the city. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Aberdeen due to the miraculous rescue of sailor in a treacherous storm.

The interior of the church is outfitted in dark oak. It contains a large, stained glass window that celebrated the church's 500th anniversary. The carillon of 36 bells was installed in the granite tower in 1887. They were replaced in 1950 with 48 bells, making it one of the largest carillons in the country.

The graveyard surrounds the church on three sides. Monuments, dating to the mid-17th century, include a number of notable burials from the city's history. Some of these include Sir Thomas Blaikie, Alexander Dingwall Fordycce, Captain William Penny, William Rickart and Archibald Simpson. Rev. Prof. William Laurence Brown is buried inside the church.

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Aberdeen. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Kirk of St Nicholas on Map

Sight Name: Kirk of St Nicholas
Sight Location: Aberdeen, Scotland (See walking tours in Aberdeen)
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Aberdeen, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Aberdeen

Create Your Own Walk in Aberdeen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Aberdeen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Aberdeen Introduction Walking Tour

Aberdeen Introduction Walking Tour

The area where Aberdeen now sits has been inhabited by people for at least 8,000 years. The city that we now know as Aberdeen was first chartered in 1179. It was granted city status in 1891.

The city has been successful over the years due to vast granite deposits used for making sturdy buildings and fortifications. It was also known for its fishing, textile and paper-making industries. However,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Aberdeen Old Town Tour

Aberdeen Old Town Tour

Old Aberdeen is characterized by well-preserved ancient dwellings, streets and some unique examples of architecture that present attractive point for all tourists visiting the city. Among the biggest draws of Aberdeen are King’s College, St. Machar’s Cathedral, and the Old Town House. Take this tour to discover the beauty of Aberdeen's Old Town.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles