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The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps

Door open days

15 September 2018 (Sat-Sun 12-5pm)

16 September 2018

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Visit “Greek” Thomson's only structural project with its sixty-step staircase sweeping round an immense retaining wall. See the recently reclaimed pleasure garden, and look down into the Kelvin valley from the renovated 'Belle Vue' pillared viewing area.

Wonder at the mysterious traces of old doorways and spectres of windows.
See photographs of The Steps when beautiful cast iron lamps illuminated the way. Learn why the structure was built and why it was important in the development of North Kelvinside, when people and horse drawn carriages crossed the original Queen Margaret Bridge at the foot of The Steps. You can see the remains of the old bridge, known locally as 'Walker's Bridge’, named after the entrepreneur who gave Thomson the commission to design the wall. Trust members and other residents will explain the work which has been necessary to save this B Listed structure which is on the Buildings at Risk Register e.g. substantial drainage improvement to stop the wall bulging dangerously.
Visit the recently reclaimed pleasure garden and look down into the Kelvin valley from the renovated 'Belle Vue' pillared viewing area.


Accessibility: Wheelchairs and mobility scooters have full on-road access to the top and bottom of The Steps, which affords excellent views of the structure.

A Trust member will be available at the top and bottom of The Steps and in the garden area to provide information and explain our interpretation boards.


Wearing flat shoes is advisable, especially in the garden area.

Key Information

Architect: Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

Building Date: 1872

Sat-Sun 12-5pm

Booking not required

Where to find us

  • Queen Margaret Road
  • Glasgow
  • G20 6DP