The walls of Glasgow Cathedral have been standing since the building was consecrated in 1197.
Thousands of visitors have walked through and prayed in this stained-glass-filled stone church. The interior of the Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The wooden roof has been restored many times in the Cathedral’s nearly 800 year history, however, some of the wood has been around since the 14th century. In fact, most of the building that you’ll see today has been around since the 15th century.
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Best things to see at Glasgow Cathedral
The cathedral still hosts services, as well as recitals, amplified by the echo from the vast arches above. Services and choral recitals are both held on Sundays, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. For more information about services, schedules, and times to visit, check out the Cathedral’s website before visiting. Nearby, 50,000 bodies lay to rest in the Necropolis, including a memorial to John Knox, even though he isn’t buried here. The tombstones loom over the horizon, themselves works of art, and some of which were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It’s a little creepy perusing the graves, but the expansiveness and intricacy of each makes the Necropolis worth a wander. The Cathedral is also home to one of the most expansive post-war collections of stained glass windows in the United Kingdom.
Glasgow Cathedral directions and parking
Best way to get to Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis is located in Central Glasgow near the University of Strathclyde. The Cathedral can be accessed by car if you take the M8, exit at junction 15, and then follow the signs. Bike access can be found via Castle St. There are several buses that will drop you off at either Collins St. or Cathedral Sq., both of which are a short walk from the Cathedral.
Best parking near Glasgow Cathedral
There is no parking at the Cathedral, but there are lots in the vicinity where you can park for a fee.
Glasgow Cathedral FAQs
Who can I call about lost items?
The Cathedral’s custodial department can be contacted at +44 141 522 6891.
Is the Cathedral guide dog friendly?
Yes, the Cathedral welcomes guide dogs.
Does the Cathedral have restrooms?
No, the Cathedral does not have restrooms. But there are available restrooms at the nearby St. Mungo Museum.