Hamilton Mausoleum

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Hamilton Mausoleum was one of the finest private tombs in the UK, and is now one of South Lanarkshire's most famous buildings. It was built as a tomb and monument to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, nicknamed 'El Magnifico', but was incomplete at the time of his death in 1852. The chapel has a massive dome, magnificent bronze doors, and a stunning floor made of marble from around the world. However, one of the first things you will probably notice is its amazing 15-second echo, one of the longest in the world!
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Derek S
Glasgow, UK78 contributions
Family
I have lived in this area for 56 years and always wanted to visit and see inside the mausoleum. Today I finally saw inside!
It has just recently reopened after work was completed to make it watertight.
The inside of the main structure is astounding, the workmanship and intricate sandstone carvings are fabulous. We were guided by Peter from the Low Parks Museum who brought to life the history of the building.
Well worth setting aside 90 mins!
Written July 3, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,475 contributions
Built to house the remains of the Dukes of Hamilton, this building is both a grandiose monument to Classicism and pride. The architecture is a beautiful example of classical Roman architecture. It’s a pity the guided tours inside are postponed.
Written July 22, 2020
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Charles O
Hamilton, UK8 contributions
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I visited Hamilton mausoleum in July 2016 as part of a group visit. I was aware of the mausoleum growing up, but had never visited it before. To visit the mausoleum, you have to arrange a visit through Low Parks museum, at a cost of £3.50, which includes the services of a guide. Unfortunately, due to vandalism and graffiti, the mausoleum is now fenced off and up with padlocked gates, hence the reason for a Guided tour.
The appearance of the building from the outside is impressive, especially the back entrance, which is guarded by two huge stone lions. Going into the burial chamber is also impressive, as there are three stone carvings above the entrance, representing life, death and immortality. Funnily enough, the immortality effigy is in the best condition. The burial chamber itself was also well laid out and impressive, with individual chambers cut out for the Dukes of Hamilton. Nowadays, the bodies of the previous Dukes are buried in Bent cemetery.
Upstairs in the chapel itself, this is when the place excels. From ornate stonework, to marble floors, the chapel area with the tower was truly impressive. The echo within the chamber is great and apparently one of the longest echos for a man made structure in Europe.
Even though the guide was a last minute stand-in, he was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Overall, the visit was good value for money and gave me a whole better understanding of a lovely local landmark for Hamilton, which gave me a greater insight into the rich history of the Dukes of Hamilton in past Scottish society. It also gave me more info on the tragedy of the demolition of Hamilton Palace in the 1920's,which was probably bigger and grander than Buckingham Palace in its day, which is why it is a major surprise why they knocked this place down!
Written July 21, 2016
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Martin M
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Great Echo,ideal if you love the history of the buildings. Beautiful gardens absolutely amazing. Would Highly Recommend it.
Written August 16, 2019
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Christine M
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I recently visited the mausoleum and I thought it was very interesting. You have to book a viewing through the Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. The museum itself is free, but it costs £3.50 to go into the mausoleum.

I was really impressed by the layout, it was a bit like a tardis. The guide was very good at explaining about the Hamilton family and the background of the palace itself.

You also get to hear the 16 second echo in the chapel part of the mausoleum, which is very impressive as it is one of the longest echoes ever to be heard in Europe.

I would really recommend others to go and take the guided tour as it is not to expensive and you also get to find out the history of the once impressive grand castle that stood on the Hamilton Palace grounds.
Written July 21, 2016
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Linda M
Larkhall, UK322 contributions
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Three of us visited this landmark on "Open Doors" day, when we entered free of charge. This is the buiding which houses the tomb of the Duke of Hamilton. A short visit is enough as it only consists of one room. It has large arches at the bottom with smaller arches higher up and even smaller arches at the top leading to a domed roof. This building is famous for its echo which nowadays lasts 16 seconds, but which lasted even longer with the original heavy ornate doors, which are displayed inside the building. There was a guide inside- he did not volunteer information but was very knowledgable and was able to answer all our questions about this very famous Hamilton building. It sits in a flood plain, unfortunately, also it sits much lower than when it was built and this is due to subsidence. Interestingly,outside, there are 2 carved lions guarding the Crypt one with eyes closed, the other with eyes open representing a 24 hour vigil, where one watches while the other sleeps. The 3 faces above the entrance to the Crypt represent life, death and imortality. However, we would not have known any of this if we hadn't asked. Unfortunately, the area around the Mausoleum had not been weeded, which did not give a very good impression. Very interesting that the Duke of Hamilton died before the building was complete so he may have had plans for more people to join him in this tomb.
Written September 16, 2014
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SambaSydney
Brisbane, Australia100 contributions
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The Mausoleum has stood proudly on the banks of the Clyde and close to the long gone Hamilton Palace, on the edge of the town of Hamilton. It now shares the space with the more recent M74 and Strathclyde Park.

Although no longer locals in the area, it was a great thrill for my wife and I to finally make a visit to the landmark that had played such a role in our imagination as youngsters.

Firstly, thanks to our fantastic guide, Peter Kerr from South Lanarkshire Council who is an absolute asset to the team at Low Parks Museum. His energy and enthusiasm is an incredible driving force in keeping the story alive, and making it entertaining. So, congratulations Peter .......

The story of the Mausoleum and the Dukedom of Hamilton is an informative and entertaining one and holds people’s undivided attention for just under 1.5 hours and all for a reasonable entry fee. The guided tour is available on 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Remember to pre-book at the Low Park’s Museum.



Written April 2, 2018
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Thank you for the generous review of your visit, and I will pass on your comments to our guide Peter. Our guided tours are very popular so it is important to book. We have introduced a combined tour and catering ticket this year for our lunchtime tours. Visitors can choose from a hearty bowl of homemade soup or a beverage and piece of home baking in the café at Low Parks Museum. Something warm and comforting has proved most welcome to our visitors as the Mausoleum can be a bit chilly!!
Written April 10, 2018
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John T
Hamilton, UK26 contributions
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Not only is the history of the Mausoleum fascinating, the floor is the ONLY place in the world, other than the Palace at Versailles where you will see such rare marble. The highlight though is the acoustic, even if you cannot sing a note, this acoustic will make you sound wonderful. So don't be shy... belt it out like no-one is listening ..it is soooo worth it! It is the longest man made acoustic in the world....have a whisper to each other from opposite corners.. amazing! However you have to book via the Low Parks Museum
Written April 11, 2017
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Thank you, tours start again in February.
Written November 10, 2017
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jaxeaston
Glasgow, UK14 contributions
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we took part in the monthly guided tour - we were 2 adults and 2 children aged 13 and 6. Although the wee one was getting fidgety by the end of the introduction, the guide Peter was great and held the attention of all... as i have said in my review low parks museum, this was a great and interesting tour - and was thoroughly enjoyed by our family.
Written October 2, 2016
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Thank you for your kind comments
Written November 10, 2017
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,074 contributions
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This is a very strange monument that can be seen for miles and miles, even from the M74 motorway. It just shows the wealth that the Hamilton family must have had and also makes you appreciate how grand the palace must have been. The lions are particularly beautiful.
Written April 27, 2016
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