Address: 70 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0UZ
Tel: 0141 287 5064
Opening hours: 7am – dusk, daily
The Necropolis is a Victorian garden cemetery full of wonderful architecture, sculpture and fascinating stories.
A major attraction to visitors from the UK and overseas, the Necropolis is one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe. It is quite exceptional in its contribution to the townscape, its symbolic relationship to Glasgow Cathedral and to the medieval heart of the City.
Glasgow Necropolis provides a unique insight into Victorian Glasgow, when Glasgow was the second city of the empire. It has been described as a unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was the second city of the empire.
This memorial to the most eminent Glaswegians and merchant patriarchs of the city includes monuments designed by leading Glaswegian architects including Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Hamilton, Mackintosh and many more. With designs executed by expert masons and sculptors who contributed ornate and sculptural deatils of the finest quality.
Adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis was modeled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. It is estimated that something in the order of 50,000 burials have taken place here, with around 3,500 tombs.
Built in the Classical Revival architectural fashion, the Necropolis was established by the Merchants’ House of Glasgow in 1831. A monument to John Knox, which was erected in 1825, dominates the hill.
It is also a ‘park’ valued by Glaswegian’s for study. On a clear day looking west, one may see the valley of the Clyde bounded by the hills of Cowal, Kyle and Cunninghame.
Guided walking tours of this 37-acre cemetery are available.