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Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow

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The historically rich Glasgow Cathedral is an exceptional example of gothic architecture that has served as a place of worship for over 800 years. Explore where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, is believed to have built his church in the 6th century, and venture into the crypt where his tomb stands. As you walk through the aisles, marvel at one of the finest post-war collections of stained-glass windows to be found in Britain. Cathedral guides, identifiable by their blue robes, are happy to answer any of your questions or provide a tour. With an active congregation, the cathedral holds regular services you are welcome to join. Put Glasgow Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Glasgow vacation route planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    One of the few Catholic cathedrals in Scotland, dating mainly from the fifteenth, to have survived the Reformation: huge, on two levels, a little austere (the black stone is not cleaned). beautiful small Lapidarium at the lower level, as well as the chapel of St. Mungo (the patron saint of the city).
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  • August 20, 2017
    Impressive twelfth century wonder with soaring vaulted arches. Inside, there are people who can tell you more about the cathedral, no fee necessary. This is still a place of active worship, so I would...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I checked the website prior to walking here and it said the cathedral was open until 5:30. I arrived at 5 and was told I could not go in because it was closed. Someone needs to update the website.  more »
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  • We spent an hour in Glasgow Cathedral just looking at - and reading the inscriptions on - the beautiful stained-glass windows. On approach, the church is very imposing and full of lovely angles. The old stone glows in the sunlight and gives a feeling of solidity, reverence and serenity. It looks as though it has been there forever - as did one or two of the 'Friends' of the Cathedral. These folk were extremely knowledgeable and were very happy to answer our questions. There is no charge to enter and even the crypts are available to the public. There is, of course, the obligatory shop, but its wares are not overly expensive. Absolutely worth a visit when in Glasgow.
  • A nice original gothic cathedral. It's a shame there is no other explanation to the bullets in the sacristy door other than 'unhappier times' or something to that effect.
  • The staff were very informative about the history. Enjoyed the visit
  • Beautiful and historic place of worship. 70th anniversary of formation of 15th Btn The Parachute Regiment
  • Glasgow Cathedral is an amazing piece of history. It isn't Notre Dame or Canterbury cathedral but it never claims to be. If you come here, without expecting a superlative experience of the "biggest or bestest" cathedral you've ever seen, I'd wager you'll leave pleasantly surprised. The staff who walk the cathedral are extemely knowledgable and approachable. To not ask questions while you're visiting is a mistake. Cathedrals of this age hold secrets that our eyes just don't see in 2017. The construction is inspiring. Make sure to walk over to the necropolis to get the best full view.

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Glasgow's revitalized city center offers outstanding accommodations--along with some of the finest shopping outside London. Considered one of the finest Victorian cities in Britain, Glasgow is renowned for its centrally located hotels. Spacious rooms overlook the historical city center, and award-winning restaurants and trendy cafes occupy the lower levels. Farther away from the central areas, which are often noisy and crowded with tourists, is a world of small B&Bs and guesthouses. These considerably cheaper options offer quality lodging in quiet neighborhoods less frequented by weekend revelers and rowdy nightlife lovers.
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