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WALK - Glasgow Necropolis Guided Tours

Door open days

14 September 2020

20 September 2020

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

The Glasgow Necropolis embodies Glasgow at the height of its power as the Second City of the British Empire. In over 37 acres, 50,000 people are interred within its gates, from engineers, artists, iron founders, inventors, ship builders, locomotive makers, scientists, poets, factory owners, and business people of Victorian Glasgow are all buried here. Their monuments were designed by famous architects and sculptors of the time such as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The Necropolis was the first ornamental garden cemetery in Scotland with a landscape inspired by Pere Lachaise in Paris. It is included in Historic Scotland’s inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. The Necropolis is also home to many thousands of ordinary Glaswegians, many of whom are buried in unmarked graves.

Digital Resources

Glasgow Necropolis video tour

Join the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis for friendly, informative tours of this magnificent cemetery. Hear the stories within the gates of those who made Glasgow the Second City of the Empire.

You will find monuments designed by major architects and sculptors of the time, including Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, in every architectural style, created for the prominent and wealthy entrepreneurs of the 'Second City of the Empire'.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

  • the Necropolis
  • Glasgow
  • G4 0XA