Glasgow Cathedral

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Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral was built on the location where St Kentigern and even Mungo is thought to have been buried, around the 612 AD; St Kentigern was the very first bishop within the ancient British Kingdom of Stratchclyde and The tomb of the saint is in the lower crypt.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and it first began to take shape around the cathedral area, the thriving burgh that sprang up around the Glasgow cathedral has grown into the beautiful and lively city of today.

The Cathedral was built before the Reformation from the late 12th century, it was one of the lucky structures to survive the reformation and the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland, Cathedral became the seat of the Bishop and later on the Archbishop of Glasgow.

Since 1690, the cathedral hasn’t been a seat of a bishop, so technically Glasgow Cathedral isn’t actually a cathedral but it’s still a place of worship and hosts the Church of Scotland congregation.

The current Minister is Rev Laurence A. B. Whitley, PhD, who’s been a minister since February 2007. The previous minister was the Very Rev William Morris, who was a minister from 1967 until his retiring in November 2005. The building itself is in the ownership of the Crown, is maintained by Historic Scotland.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit the Crypt, which was built-in the mid 1200’s and houses the tomb of St Kentigern.
  • The pulpitium, which is a richly carved stone screen, located in between the choir and the Nave, dates back to the early 1400s.
  • The Blackadder aisle’s ceiling.

Glasgow Cathedral inside

Telephone Number:  0141 552 8198  | Official website | Contact Form

Glasgow Cathedral is known by a few names: The High Kirk of Glasgow or St Mungo’s Cathedral or St Kentigern’s and now is a gathering of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow.

How to get here:

  • By Bus: you can find a number of buses which go from the city center to the cathedral. Bus services: 11, 12, 36, 36A, 38, 38A, 42, 42A, 51, 56, 56A and 213.
  • Subway Station: The closest subway station is a 15 to 20 minutes walk, located at Buchanan Street.
  • By train: High street rail station is a 10 minutes walk.
  • By Foot: you can reach the cathedral by foot from the city centre, it should take about 15 Minutes walk.

If you would like to see the signs of Glasgow and Graves, as well as sculptors, take a walk about the Necropolis.

Opening Hours


1 April to 30 September
Monday to Saturday 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM



1 October to 31 March
Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
25 and 26 December Closed
1st and 2nd January Closed



Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ

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