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Glasgow Cathedral

Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland (City Centre)
44-141-552-6891
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Ranked #21 of 174 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The medieval Glasgow Cathedral has been in constant use for worship for over 800 years, and is of great architectural and historic interest.... more » Owner description: The medieval Glasgow Cathedral has been in constant use for worship for over 800 years, and is of great architectural and historic interest. Highlights include one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain, and the ceiling in the Blackadder Aisle which was built around 1500 by Archbishop Blackadder. Cared for by Historic Scotland and open to visitors throughout the year from 9.30am except Sundays when it is open at 1pm. Recitals and special family events are a regular feature. Closing times vary seasonally. « less
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Another cathedral? This was worth a visit. It wasn't so big that it seemed unreal. Lots to see and even a grave stone right up by the altar that dates back to the 1400's. They do a good job with signs of explanation and history.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

a must see while visiting Glasgow, beauty at its best, walk around and see how great the tradesman were in those days, it will be there for many hundreds of years to come, beats most of the English ones

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We came to Glasgow specifically to see the cathedral, and I'm glad we made the trip. Glasgow Cathedral was constructed in the 12th century, and would become the seat of the Archbishop of Glasgow. During the 16th century Scottish Reformation most Roman Catholic Cathedrals were deroofed, which quickly lead to their deterioration; Glasgow Cathedral is notable as the only cathedral... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is different from most other Cathedrals we have visited in that you can see how its construction has evolved over the centuries. The main chapel and stained glass are beautiful as you would expect but the really interesting parts are the smaller chapels and nooks and crannies you find on different levels within the Cathedral. Well worth a visit... More

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Well worth taking the time to look around and see the beautiful stained glass windows and read up on the history. Take time for quiet contemplation in one of the chapels which was ideal after i injured my knee nearby.

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a massive, beautiful building that was dedicated in 1136. The stained glass windows, from 1970's or more recently, are quite lovely. There are also a number of plaques dedicated to young men who died in several of Scotland's many many wars/battles. I have not seen this in a church before. I think this cathedral is well worth a... More

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My children were doing a school project and so we ended up in Glasgow Cathedral! The The tourist information guided us as a 5 minute walk from George Square - not quite when you are pushing a pushchair and have 2 other children. Anyhow we did get there eventually and took joy in sitting down for a breather! This gave... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The outside looks black and grimy - they cannot clean it without destroying it - but inside it is glorious. The modern stained glass windows are stunning - some traditional in appearance, others very modern. We picked up a free guided tour - something I usually avoid - which was really good, informative as well as interesting. Down below the... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a beautiful cathedral, normally churches and cathedrals are not my thing, but this one surprised me. A lot of small places in the cathedral that are still being used. If you go visit this one, you should also visit the Necropolis and the oldest house in Glasgow.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A must see for history and architecture lovers. Friendly volunteers, and a lot to see. Definitely worth a stop in. While you're there, check out the Provand's Lordship, the Castle Museum and the Necropolis. All of these locations are free to visit.

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