A Victorian cemetery resting on hallowed ground just east of Glasgow Cathedral, The Necropolis is a monument to the individuals who built Glasgow. Although over 50,000 people are buried in the cemetery, only 3,500 monuments stand. Some of these are large, detailed memorials that pay homage to the importance of the person interred, while other small gravestones mark the humble resting places of those less fortunate. You'll find three modern memorials: one in remembrance of those who fought in the Korean War, one to those who were awarded the Victorian Cross, and another for stillborn children. All of these tell a story of the city. Visit the cemetery for a stroll through the names that collectively created today's Glasgow. Work out when and for how long to visit The Necropolis and other Glasgow attractions using our handy Glasgow online sightseeing planner.
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The Necropolis reviews
I contacted the Necropolis non-profit to try and arrange a tour for my wife and I when we visited Edinburgh. I'm so glad that I did! Our guide, Claire, was outstanding. She knew all about the...
I contacted the Necropolis non-profit to try and arrange a tour for my wife and I when we visited Edinburgh. I'm so glad that I did! Our guide, Claire, was outstanding. She knew all about the... more »
I visited this place as part of a walking city tour. this is right behind the cathedral and the Tennet beer brewery is nearby. There are a lot of interesting headstones to see and some very sombre...
I visited this place as part of a walking city tour. this is right behind the cathedral and the Tennet beer brewery is nearby. There are a lot of interesting headstones to see and some very sombre... more »
This was a wonderful way to see the city and I even found the grave of a friend's relative. There's so much history here.
This was a wonderful way to see the city and I even found the grave of a friend's relative. There's so much history here. more »
Stunning and very remarkable. This place is an absolute must to visit in Glasgow. It's located on the top of a steep hill just by side/behind of the Cathedral. There are many interesting graves from different times, including tombstones and crypts. The view from the too is spectacular so even if not interested in the cemetery itself, the breathtaking views can definitely compensate the visitors for it. It's pretty much a 360° view, so the whole city and its peripheral areas are nicely visible. It's very unique, therefore I can only recommend visiting it.
A lovely place for a walk and views in the heart of the city. I would recommend to someone with mobility issues as the walk to the top is steep however there's plenty to see at all levels. Great location for also experiencing the St Mungo Museum and the Cathedral, with plenty of eateries and pubs close by also.
Tremendous experience - especially in spring. Blossoms everywhere! If you walk up on the top, there is a very nice view on the city. If you want to calm down, to read a book or bring your Date here it’s the perfect spot!
We were blessed with a sunny afternoon as we explored the Necropolis. Parking close by, just follow the signs for cathedral parking. Free to wander around. Fantastic views of Glasgow and Glasgow Cathedral which is also free to visit and well worth it.
FASCINATING PLACE! Ok, so there's a certain irony of having a necropolis or 'city of the dead' located in one of Europe's most vibrant and alive cities! The necropolis holds many of the ' Great and the Good' of Glasgow, but rather intriguingly, folklore suggests that many more people are at rest here than are documented! Work that out for yourself! The layout of the necropolis, including entry over The Bridge of Sighs, is interesting and the view over Glasgow's surviving medieval buildings superb. Well worth a visit.
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