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The Necropolis

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Neighborhood: Merchant City
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Address: 50 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0UZ, Scotland
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Walking
Description: The Necropolis, Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead, is a vast and grand...
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.
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The Necropolis is brilliant & totally free. Huge & majestic sitting on top of the hill behind the cathedral in Glasgow. Beautiful huge crypts & memorials. We walked around for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Necropolis is brilliant & totally free. Huge & majestic sitting on top of the hill behind the cathedral in Glasgow. Beautiful huge crypts & memorials. We walked around for about a hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This place was magnificent! Big gravestones and hmm vaults, it is like going back in time. You get a lovely view of the cathedral from the Necropolis too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

It was an interesting display of respect for those who had died, Victorian(?) architecture, and history. Coming from Canada where almost nothing is over 100 years old, I found these memorials and gravestones very interesting both for their age as well as the love and respect that is displayed for the people remembered.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

visiting the necropolis is like walking thro history and a great insight into Glasgows great industrial past . Fab masonry

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I went along with one of my friends for the Open Doors Day 2014 tour that the Friends of the Necropolis were running. It was an excellent day out and our guide was very knowledgeable about the site. His presentation was very good and full of witty comments about some of the lesser know facts concerning the tombs and lairs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

What a place. Amazing views & a break from the hustle of the city. It's behind the cathedral so very easy to find.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Fascinating place with hundreds of headstones to explore. Good views over the city and right beside Glasgow Cathedral which is also worth a visit.

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Wigton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It was a good place to visit if you are into historical cemeteries. It also helps if you are fit and healthy as it's all uphill. But the view is really good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just got to go up through the gravestones & memorials on a clear day to get a feel for the history & scale of the city. This is where Glasgow grew up on the hill above the Clyde, only to shift west as the merchant city developed. Finish up down the hill in the Babbity Bowster or Gandolfi"s.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

One of those places which I visited on my first day in Glasgow. Not a huge attraction but it offers a nice panorama from the top and also very interesting memorials/tombs. In it's own category you rarely see something like this. Highly recommended!

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