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The Necropolis, Glasgow

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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. Plan your visit to The Necropolis and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Glasgow vacation planner.
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  • Enjoyed walking around the old graves and seeing the history. Only downside was the smell of tennents. We couldn't work out all the way round!!  more »
  • I live a great cemetery and this is one for sure . Lots of very interesting headstones and some huge memorials for the wealthy citizens of the day  more »
  • Nice place in the city to wander in a meditative way! The view on the city is nice! I don't think you'll spend that much time here, but you'll have a nice time!  more »
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  • A fascinating walk around Glasgow's "city of the dead" with commanding views across the city. Full praise to the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis for their efforts in halting the decline of this city treasure, their renovation plans and general promotion of this wonderful historical asset. A visit is a must for anyone seeking an understanding of Glasgow's great industrial, commercial and artistic endeavours, much of it is bound up in the lives of the families who lay here. It's also a very pleasant walk!
  • Best views in all of Glasgow. Best view of the cathedral. Great walk with more and less challenging routes. Since it's free, I'd call it a must visit attraction.
  • It may seem a wee bit morbid, but H and I loved the Necropolis. It's like a 3D version of Pere Lachaise in Paris. It's quite a steep, winding climb to the top, but worth the effort. Looking over the final homes of Scotland's great and good leaves one with the impression that, although having money doesn't always mean having good sense, if you've got it - flaunt it - even when you're deid! The different styles of architecture is amazing. My favourite was an old, weathered, domed sandstone rotunda. I have no idea who it commemorated but, when it comes my time, I want something like that! Not that it matters to the inhabitants of Glasgow's ' City of the Dead' but the views across the city - and especially of the Cathedral - are wonderful. You must visit and don't worry, you get to leave!
  • Lovely place to go for a walk, especially if the weather is nice. Some of the graves and mausoleums (mausolea?) are fascinating :]
  • The John Knox statue and the Seven brothers tomb. Not to mention the author of wee willie winkie's headstone. As kids we played here for hours.