Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
10:00 AM - 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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HKeater
Hong Kong, China30,698 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Magnificent architecture. In he solemn atmosphere, you’ll see some of the finest, brightest and largest stained glass windows.

Easily reached walking up the hill from High Street station.
Written December 31, 2021
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Yvonne
United Kingdom17 contributions
Nov 2021
I will start this by saying that I am Scottish, lived in Glasgow for many years and married to a Glaswegian. I visited this weekend with two friends from Kent. On Tuesday we visited the Necropolis and wanted to visit the Cathedral, it was on their list. We arrived at 3pm as we had checked and it was open until 4pm. There were 4 other tourists, a couple from Sweden and two ladies from China. The doors were all locked. The man checked again and informed us all that it said online it was open for another 50mins. He was angry as the Cathedral is not in the centre of the city and, like us, they had come by taxi. We all walked to the museum, it was also closed and found a small sign which said it closed at 3pm. I was embarrassed as this was the 5th tourist attraction I had tried to visit only to find out it was closed. Glasgow obviously doesn't want tourists.
Written November 24, 2021
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Steve504216
Bognor Regis, UK40 contributions
Oct 2021
Nice atmosphere inside .... a handy leaflet - COVID friendly. An altar in the middle of the Cathedral. Must be nice to hear the splendid organ
Written October 30, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,591 contributions
Oct 2021
The main cathedral in Glasgow is a short walk from the universities and about 15 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street railway station and Buchanan Street bus station is about the same distance.

It is a magnificent building with beautiful windows. Well worth checking out if you like architecture
Written October 22, 2021
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Andy B
Croydon, UK68 contributions
Sep 2021
"Pre-booked tickets only", it said - although we were able to book at the door. What would have happened had there been two coach parties arriving just before us? Why didn't the Visit Scotland bureau in town tell us to pre-book (and to tell us that the Museum of Religous Art was shut?).

Half the cathedral was inaccessible because of a meeting in that part - no explanation, just a barrier coldly precluding you from going where - clearly - others already were.

Not an easy church in which to pray ...
Written September 26, 2021
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Adam B
Manchester, UK159 contributions
Sep 2021
Have to book via website, but staff actually will help you to book. Good 1 way covid route laid out. Information boards well spaced out to give coherent tour of a building which is far more spectacular on the inside.
Written September 7, 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel33,173 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a beautiful cathedral, at least from the outside.
We were supposed to visit it but missed our time slot due to Glasgow's horrific traffic, so we could only admire it from the outside.
Written September 4, 2021
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J M
11 contributions
Aug 2021
Understandably limited due to Covid19/social distancing restrictions which meant that I felt a bit rushed looking around but it is a beautiful building with lots of gorgeous stained glass windows and interesting history. Might need another visit to take it all in at a slower pace.
Written September 4, 2021
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babykong
London, UK396 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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Celine C Rvr
Nantes, France36 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Very interesting building, with beautiful sculptures and plaques. The employees were lovely, special thank you to Dylan for the explanation of the gorgeous front windows, and the gentleman at the gift shop who gave me a sticker even though I didn't find the Teddy Bear Knight.
Written August 19, 2021
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