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The Necropolis

50 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0UZ, Scotland (City Centre)
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Ranked #14 of 174 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Necropolis, Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead, is a vast and grand cemetery modeled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. Described as one of the most... more » Owner description: The Necropolis, Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead, is a vast and grand cemetery modeled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. Described as one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, it is a major visitor attraction and patrolled by Park Rangers. Heritage Trail maps are available to guide the visitor to the memorials and tombs of some of Glasgow's most eminent citizens. « less
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Necropolis isn't particularly impressive, at least from a historical perspective. It was built in the middle of the 19th century, and remains a testament primarily to Victorian extravagance: it is dominated by outlandish memorials paid for by the profits of the Industrial Age. There are far older and, in my opinion, more interesting cemeteries in Scotland. For starters, I... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Unusual place to visit, but offers amazing views of the city, and a moment of quiet reflection. Really shows the history of the city

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yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

A wonderful glimpse of wealthy Glasgow. Great views of the city. Could have done with a bit more history dotted about the place about the families interred there.

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

The Necropolis sits on the hill behind Glasgow Cathedral and provides panoramic views of the Cathedral and Infirmary in the foreground and all Glasgow. The walk up the hill, which is only short is well worth the effort. We visited here early on two mornings and found the sun behind us making photography that much better. The soft light also... More

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westminster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Best over view of city. Stopped here on my last day should have gone on the first day to get a good birds eye view of the city.

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Garden Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Have never visited a cemetery that has such interesting history. Great views of the city from the top of the hill as well!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Going to Glasgow is about like going to Newark, New Jersey--no reason to do so except for the Necropolis. Unfortunately it was Sunday and the cathedral was having services, but the hilltop with all the churches and cemetery were the best part of our visit to Glasgow.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It may seem strange to want to visit a city for the dead, but this is really worth it. Sitting up on Knox's memorial, the view of the city is fine, but to be able to look at the detail in the construction of the great medieval Cathedral of St Mungo was a treat. Glasgow turned on a nice sunset,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Perfect for a quiet stroll, especially early in the morning or at sunset, and to take in the great view of the cathedral and the rest of the city

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Pisa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

One of the most touching and unforgettable place to visit in Glasgow. You really shouldn't miss this opportunity to enjoy the beauty and the tranquillity of this unique place. The view from up there is breath-taking.

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