Provand's Lordship
Provand's Lordship
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Anonymous
    158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quick trip through time
    Despite being recently refurbished to reproduce its original appearance, you will feel like you've stepped back in time at Provand's Lordship. A small yet quirky historical house with a lovely little garden at the back, perfect for a short visit. There isn't a great deal to learn but it's worth a visit - but be mindful of the low ceilings and doorways!
    To frenchtoastfan, thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Provand's Lordship. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will make a return visit soon!
    Written May 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom4,371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest house in Glasgow
    This excellent example of a medieval house is reportedly the oldest property in Glasgow. It has recently been refurbished and re-opened to the public. I wonder if Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed here on occasions, would still recognise it?
    To Swedishtomcat, thank you for visiting Provand's Lordship and taking the time to leave us a review. We hope you choose to visit us again in the future!
    Written May 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
  • Rachel H
    300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    HISTORICAL MEDIEVAL HOUSE IN GLASGOW
    This is a surprisingly lesser known gem in central Glasgow. In fact, I had no idea and it wasn't on my list of places to visit, but I was so glad I did. It is situated opposite Glasgow Cathedral and is an historical medieval house which is now a museum and restored to what it was like in the 15-16th century. It is associated with Mary Queen of Scots as well. It's free and less touristy than some other places but well worth a short visit.
    To adelaidegirl70, thank you for your review of Provand's Lordship. We're glad to hear you managed to find out about us and visit the museum. We hope you will choose to visit us again next time you are in Glasgow!
    Written June 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2024
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John B
Chester, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I liked this better than the Cathedral because it dealt with real life and told the stories of some of Glasgow's renowned rogues and rascals. It is a fascinating free museum and you're left wondering how anybody could have lived, thrived and survived back in those days of trouble, penury and hardship. It's free and full of authentic historical detail that I found utterly absorbing. And the garden is a pure delight. Go and enjoy.
Written March 14, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It was touching reading the history of the struggle to preserve this historically very important home. They have done a great job recreating the living conditions from over 500 years ago, and I recommend a visit to help support the preservation of the house. The garden is a bonus, with the healing herbs and info signs. (We had a short time here on a cruise ship for the day (docked in Greenock) - we did it on our own and fit in the Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Provand's Lordship, the HOHO bus, lunch at George Square and Rick Steves "Glasgow Walk" from his book.)
Written January 23, 2020
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
After visiting the Glasgow Cathedral we wandered around a lovely old fashioned garden. Turns out it was the garden of Provand's Lordship. A staff member came out and told us about it being the oldest house in Glasgow,

The house is free to visit and it is full of history. There is a lot of information in the house and there are staff to answer your questions. It was a really great find to finish our time in Glasgow.
Written February 22, 2020
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Retired_Gentleman
Southampton, UK267 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
On our way to Glasgow Cathedral, we passed this quaint little old house, which my friend suggested we visit. The house was built in 1471 and is one of four surviving mediaeval buildings in Glasgow. It is essentially a small museum of Glasgow. Interesting enough in its own way but we didn’t feel inclined to spend more than half an hour there.
Written June 29, 2020
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This excellent example of a medieval house is reportedly the oldest property in Glasgow. It has recently been refurbished and re-opened to the public. I wonder if Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed here on occasions, would still recognise it?
Written April 17, 2024
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To Swedishtomcat, thank you for visiting Provand's Lordship and taking the time to leave us a review. We hope you choose to visit us again in the future!
Written May 1, 2024
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Rachel H
Hackham300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a surprisingly lesser known gem in central Glasgow. In fact, I had no idea and it wasn't on my list of places to visit, but I was so glad I did. It is situated opposite Glasgow Cathedral and is an historical medieval house which is now a museum and restored to what it was like in the 15-16th century. It is associated with Mary Queen of Scots as well.

It's free and less touristy than some other places but well worth a short visit.
Written May 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
To adelaidegirl70, thank you for your review of Provand's Lordship. We're glad to hear you managed to find out about us and visit the museum. We hope you will choose to visit us again next time you are in Glasgow!
Written June 7, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anonymous
158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Despite being recently refurbished to reproduce its original appearance, you will feel like you've stepped back in time at Provand's Lordship. A small yet quirky historical house with a lovely little garden at the back, perfect for a short visit. There isn't a great deal to learn but it's worth a visit - but be mindful of the low ceilings and doorways!
Written April 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
To frenchtoastfan, thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Provand's Lordship. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will make a return visit soon!
Written May 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Graham D
Glasgow, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I have visited here on many occasions and have always learned something new. On this visit I looked for information about Calton and Bridgeton as I was born, lived and attended primary school in the area. Will pay another visit when time permits.
Written August 29, 2020
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Destination28070
London2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Provand’s Lordship is the oldest building in Glasgow. It was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas’s Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow. The building’s name is derived from a clergyman known as the ‘Lord of the Prebend of Balernock’ who lived here later. His name was corrupted to ‘Lord Provan’. Today it is a museum, displaying a great collection of 17th century furniture. Personally, I was a bit disappointed, because the site could easily double as a Health And Safety Exhibition. Black’n’Yellow Tape on every doorframe, Fire Extinguishers and “Do not Touch” signs litter the entire interior to the extent where even MY imagination couldn’t quite overlook them. I have to admit that, in order to take pictures, I removed the most obtrusive signs without further ado, and carefully put them back afterwards.

The garden is advertised as a tranquil medieval garden displaying 15th century medicinal herbs as they might have been used at the time. It was built in 1997, so I was well aware that it would be a 'new' medieval garden. There is a beautiful renaissance knot garden with a fountain. The design is from the 16th century and reached its height of popularity in the 17th and 18th century, when they became the most-used design in formal baroque gardening, adopted in almost all palace and castle grounds. But not quite your domestic 15th century herb garden.

The house and garden are beautiful in themselves, so if you're in Glasgow you should not miss it.
Written June 24, 2006
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Ruth060
Scotland23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
A very interesting building - if walls could talk. Very helpful staff who took trouble to explain the history to us.
Written January 2, 2015
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