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The Necropolis

50 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0UZ, Scotland (Merchant City)
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As featured in 3 days in Glasgow
Ranked #15 of 161 attractions in Glasgow
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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic Outing on a sunny day. It's large, so a stroll in the sunshine is lovely. Lots of headstones to see and read. Lots of historic background.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The Necropolis is definitely worth a visit, especially if you're already in the area visiting Glasgow Cathedral. It's really beautiful in a dark sort of way. The artistry and respect that went into the ornate monuments is rather impressive. It doesn't take up a lot of your time to wander around a little, but I highly recommend it nonetheless. If... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Who would visit a cemetery on their holidays? Its magic! I visited with my son who was going to write a report as part of his Masters Degree, what a learning experience it turned out to be. There is also a masonic trail which is regularly visited by masons from all over the world. It sounds strange but a visit... More

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troon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A visit to the Necropolis is like a history lesson on the development of Glasgow as the 2nd city of the Empire .Most of t the people who developed the city have monuments here and there is a touching monument to the firemen who lost their lives fighting a large fire in the ?50s.The necropolis is next door to the... More

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Loved the whole atmosphere of the place. The idea of the trip was to take photographs of the stones and the wider Glasgow landscape. Slowly being retored this is a great place for a quiet stroll.

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Recommended, even if you are only there for a short stay in Glasgow. We joined a walking tour with the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis (http://www.glasgownecropolis.org/). The walk was free (donations very welcome) and we took our 6 year old daughter along. She enjoyed it too! The weather was horrific, but this somehow added to the experience. Recommend good footwear as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Keep your eyes peeled for the very theatrical headstone of a vain actor, near the top of the hill. You will know it by the statues holding masks, and , although since they are missing their heads it appears more as if they were holding those instead. Hard to think of as scary once you see the beautiful, pompous inscription... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Although we only visited briefly, the Necropolis itself is awe-inspiring and also provides spectacular views of St Mungo's Cathedral and the surrounding churchyard.

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wow just beautiful - Some of the most amazing graves I have ever seen. To think of the history in here is just amazing. We couldn't find any leaflets whilst here which was a shame as could have done with some more info on the place but just amazing, well worth a visit.

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ayrshire scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Amazing place in daylight as can appreciate stonework and read headstones At night the place takes on a new atmosphere and the taller structures look amazing Lots of interesting facts to be found including the final resting place of the author of the nursery rhyme Wee Willie Winkie

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