Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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  • memee08
    Perth, Australia470 contributions
    Worth seeing
    Atmospheric gothic cathedral with plenty to see including St Mungo’s tomb, stained glass windows from Bavaria and an area that was used to film a scene from Outlander. The Necropolis and St Mungo museum are both next door. Pop in if you’re in the area.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • cockneywarrior
    Colchester, United Kingdom211 contributions
    Jim’s 2 Thumbs up and 4 Stars
    Whilst visiting Glasgow we came here, it’s beautiful. Ten lower church inside is ver atmospheric. It’s free entry so you can’t go wrong. Won’t take long to go round about half hour but worth combining with a walk the necropolis for the monuments and views
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Mega L
    1 contribution
    Great Cathedral Guide John
    I was in Glasgow Cathedral toady and had been giving a one-on-on free tour by Catheral guide John MacAskill. John was very patient and even slowed down to make sure I understand his accent, which is not think at all. Kind of regretting not have taken his photo for memory. Thank you, John!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Beverlee S
    Toronto, Canada59 contributions
    Unexpected delight
    Our guidebook was strangely silent on this gem, which does discredit to the guidebook company. The cathedral is a delight. It's not large, but the proportions are beautiful and the nave soars above your head with graceful Gothic arches and beautiful windows. But the real treat comes when you discover that beneath the raised choir, there's a lower church. Here, the groin vaults need to conform to an unusual shape, resulting in a fabulous collection of interesting angles joins. St Mungo lurks down there as well. Definitely worth a visit, especially if the lower church is open (before 16:30, from what I saw on the sigs today).
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,284 contributions
    Lovely cathedral
    An attractive cathedral with some particularly lovely stained glass windows both older and newer. The nave itself is otherwise surprisingly plain and bare, I suspect because all the original side chapels were removed after the reformation. However, the architecture is still beautiful in itself. Make time to see the under church too which explains more about the cathedral’s 700-800 or so year history as well as containing St Mungo’s tomb.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • RiSha
    London, United Kingdom481 contributions
    Impressive!
    Came here recently during my visit to Glasgow. Very impressive structure, and was fairly busy when we came to it. Really cool to explore and learn about the history of the cathedral. The Necropolis is also situated next to it, so well worth combining into one trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
    Nice cathedral to visit
    Very nice cathedral to visit, beautiful to see from the outside and take photos from different locations around cathedral. Inside very spacious with lovely architecturally elements around the interior. Also to the side an old cemetery that was interesting to walk around.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,039 contributions
    A Glasgow Highlight
    If you come to Glasgow, you simply MUST visit this awesome, historical, holy place. The rich history and architecture here are unique. Take time to really soak in all that the cathedral has to offer. The place is quite large, with many "nooks and crannies" to explore. Be sure and go downstairs and see if you can find the tomb of St. Mungo, not something you see in most cathedrals.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • James F
    Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
    First visit for someone who lived in Glasgow
    After living in Glasgow and its surrounding areas our entire lives, my partner and I had never visited this location and deciced that was something that had to change. We visited here on a whim one day and were amazed at this location. I would say taht if anybody is visiting Glasgow this should be on their list as it was way beyond me expectations, we took a huge number of photographs and still think back to our visit a while ago with great pleaseure.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Jolly
    8 contributions
    Wonderful visit and tour at Glasgow Cathedral
    We had a wonderful visit to Glasgow Cathedral! We were welcomed by Ann, who gave us a guided tour, full of so much interesting history and information about the Cathedral and its role in shaping Glasgow over the centuries. Ann was so knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming, and made our visit such a memorable experience. Hats of to Ann! We would highly recommend visiting and the tour - what a fabulous treat!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
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babykong
London, UK573 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
I didn’t realise that I needed to book to enter the Cathedral (my fault for not checking the website) so after arriving at 10am and discovering this, I went online and booked the earliest available time slot for 4pm that day.

After curtailing my plans for the day to make sure I was back at the Cathedral on time, I arrived to find the doors were locked shut, and there was a crowd of people outside who had also booked tickets and were waiting to be let in.

After knocking on the doors I decided to try ringing Historic Environment Scotland - who you book the tickets with. I rang just after 4pm, nobody picked up so I left a voicemail. After waiting for a few more minutes in the pouring rain, I decided to leave.

Five days later I received a voicemail from Historic Environment Scotland stating that the Cathedral shuts at 4pm, I was late, and therefore I missed my slot.

I have attached a screenshot of my confirmation email, which clearly shows entry time is between 4-5pm. I didn’t call them back to argue my case, as at that point I was in Skye and not returning to Glasgow.

I am extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to visit the Cathedral, and equally disappointed with their response.
Written August 22, 2021
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Darla O
California666 contributions
Jun 2019
This was one of our favorite Cathedrals we visited in Scotland. It was a little difficult to find parking, but it gave us more time to walk through this beautiful city.

It was wonderful to see how beautiful and intricate all the stain glass windows were, such amazing colors coming through the glass. The architecture was just phenomenal, the arches through out...gorgeous!! On the ceiling of the Cathedral were the family crest of the royal families, very interesting. We saw this in castles as well.

After 800 years and this Cathedral is still used to worship, amazing!! I would have loved to hear the organ, the organ and pipes were huge. This is a must see!!
Written April 19, 2020
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Hania W
Brampton, Canada35 contributions
Sep 2022
My experience in the Cathedral was excellent !! Before beginning my visit, I checked out the souvenir section, then went around the cathedral which was magnificent. When I finished, the gift area was cordonned off...I respect that there are hours but I only wanted a couple of post cards, as willing to pay cash and the self-important, ungracious young girls refused to let me get my postcards. When I spoke to an attendant outside, he enjoyed singing the " so sorry " song. Surely a couple of postcards paid for by cash would not have caused devastating issues
Written September 26, 2022
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richardlgeoc
Birmingham, United Kingdom14 contributions
Dec 2019
Experienced a warm , friendly experience at Glasgow Cathedral on Christmas Day.
Wonderful, heavenly and moving music from an exceptionaly talented choir and organist. Edifying and erudite sermon delivered from a very eloquent priest. All denominations invited to share in the Eucharist. The atmosphere of this medieval cathedral is also a moving experience to cherish in silence.
Written January 3, 2020
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Joe M
Warrington, UK193 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Here is a building steeped in history. Starting in the 12th century this amazing cathedral is a building you need too see. Inside it has a lot of smaller rooms and a large entrance to what can only be discribed as awe inspiring. The architecture is fascinating and how it was built. This like many buildings is free to visit but donations are welcome.
Written February 17, 2020
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Kvothe74
Horley, UK117 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Easy booking, great friendly staff and well organised. I always like visiting cathedrals while in a city. It is an imposing building on the landscape and has the large Necropolis behind it which is also worth a visit. Some nice stained glass and interesting plaques to read with a good amount of information. We really enjoyed our visit here. I will agree with others who have given lower scores than 5/5 that is not the grandest or most lavish cathedral I have been to compared to ones I have recently visited like Notre Dame, York Minster , St Paul's etc but all of those are expensive to visit, Glasgow Cathedral is quicker to see everything and free so in my opinion a must visit while in Glasgow. Also has a nice shop that I could buy some presents in for my children which also helps to add to your donation the cathedral. Definitely a must visit if you are in Glasgow, I can't understand why some people are giving low rating for something that is free (optional donation) and so interesting to see and experience.
Written August 5, 2021
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Sherpa248071
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
Feb 2020
Take in the city as you walk to this beautiful historic cathedral. Notice the Glasgow University? This is the rumored inspiration for Hogwarts in the 'Harry Potter' books. The cathedral itself is breathtaking. Someone was playing the organ while we were there, and it was hauntingly beautiful. We were not able to access the adjacent graveyard, because they were filming scenes for the new 'Batman' movie, but this did not detract from the visit. Get there early to see the vault.
Written March 17, 2020
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lizzie e
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I'm from Glasgow but hadn't been to the Cathedral for years. Remedied that today and really glad I did. The Cathedral itself is beautiful and gives you space to sit and think and breathe.

What really made my trip that wee bit special was, however, chatting to one of the guides, John MacAskill. He was delightful and told me and my friend so many truly fascinating stories. I told him I'd come to light candles for a journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who'd been assassinated in Malta 27 months ago that day. I lived in Malta for 12 years and only came back very recently. Getting justice for the assassinated journalist is something I care about deeply.

Turned out John's brother is a journalist and the guy who broke the Edward Snowden story.

Not only is the Cathedral an amazing place to visit but this particular man made today such a memorable one.

Thank you to Glasgow Cathedral and a special thank you to John MacAskill.
Written January 16, 2020
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,098 contributions
May 2019
This Cathedral is maybe the oldest great building of the city, being built by Saint Mungo, who have the tomb in the crypt of the church.
The Cathedral was built in Scottish Gothic style.
There we admired the columns with Gothic arcades, the upper galleries, and the beautiful stained glasses.
I recommend a visit in this place full of peace and history.
Written April 30, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,222 contributions
Jul 2020
Although the Cathedral is closed to visitors at the moment due to the Coronavirus, it is worth visiting nevertheless. Also called the High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral, it was constructed in the 1100s and is the oldest Cathedral on mainland Scotland and is also the oldest building in Glasgow. One of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, it is the only Cathedral on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.

It is a large and impressive looking building, built in the cruciform style and, from its elevated position, affords excellent views across the city. The immediate area around the cathedral is attractive and peaceful and the splendid Necropolis is just a short stroll away.
Written August 6, 2020
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