The National Piping Centre

piping-centre-glasgowAddress: 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW
: 0141 353 0220


Admission to museum: £4.50/£3.50 conc/£2.50 children 5-15

Opening hours: Museum: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Sun closed. Shop: Mon-Thu 9am-7pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-12 noon; Sun closed. Restaurant: Mon-Thu 8am-8.30pm; Fri & Sat 8am-9.30pm; Sun closed.

Situated in the heart of Glasgow, the National Piping Centre is a piping school with rehearsal rooms and Auditorium, which houses the Museum of Piping, a reference library, Pipers Tryst restaurant and a hotel.

The Great Highland Bagpipe, perhaps the best known of Scotland’s musical instruments and an ambassador for Scotland throughout the world, is accorded new prominence by the founding of The National Piping Centre. We serve as a national and international centre of excellence for the instrument and its music.

Close to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we incorporate a school with rehearsal rooms and an Auditorium. We also house the Museum of Piping, a reference library, as well as conference facilities, hotel and restaurant.

The National Piping Centre provides facilities of the very highest quality for both the piping and non-piping fraternity. Visitors and regulars, from both home and abroad, will equally enjoy the experience, whether they come for study, performance, or pleasure.

glasgow-piping-centre-museumThe Museum

Where else could you immerse yourself in the heritage of the great highland bagpipe than at a museum dedicated to the quintessential Scottish instrument?

The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre holds three hundred years of piping heritage. Consisting of artefacts from the rich collections of National Museums of Scotland, this is the most authoritative display of its kind anywhere in the world.

An outstanding item is the chanter of Iain Dall (Blind John) MacKay (fl 1650-1740), the oldest surviving chanter of the Highland bagpipe anywhere in the world. The exhibition also features displays on bagpipe manufacture and the printing of pipe music, and shows bagpipes from Lowland Scotland and other parts of the British Isles, as well as from mainland Europe. A fascinating film on the history, culture and music of the bagpipe completes the exhibition.

pipers-tryst-restaurant-glasgow-piping-centreThe Pipers Tryst Restaurant

The Pipers’ Tryst at the National Piping Centre is a hidden gem in Glasgow’s restaurant scene. Located in the heart of Glasgow’s music and theatre locale this little restaurant offers delicious food coupled with excellent Scottish hospitality.

You could incorporate a wonderful meal in this cozy restaurant into your visit. See menus & book on the Piping Centre website.

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