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Govan Old Church

18 September 2021

19 September 2021

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Affectionately called the peoples cathedral, Govan Old Church is one of the oldest places of worship in the west of Scotland. Archaeological excavations in the 1990s revealed evidence of burials in the churchyard dating back to 5th and 6th centuries.

Visit Govan Old Church and discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Comprising one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture anywhere on the British Isles, these monuments include beautifully carved crosses and cross shafts, and 5 magnificent hogback stones. Enjoy the intricate interlace carving and warrior figures on the collection’s outstanding piece – the Govan Sarcophagus, the only one of its kind carved from solid stone from pre-Norman, northern Britain.

Booking is essential - check back on this page on 1 September for the booking link.


Key Information

Architect: Robert Rowand Anderson

Building Date: 1888

  • 866 Govan Road
  • Glasgow
  • G51 3DL