Glasgow Necropolis

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Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis is situated on the hill to the east of the Glasgow Cathedral,The land that the Necropolis stands on was purchased by the Glasgow’s Merchants House,and used as a Fir park until the group agreed that the land would be better used as Glasgow’s version of the world famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

The Main entrance to the Necropolis has a bridge over the Molendinar Burn, David Hamilton designed the bridge and it was completed in 1836. the bridge is known as the “Bridge of Sighs”. the ornate s gates which restrict access onto the bridge was built in 1838 by bothers; David and James Hamilton.

In-between the gates and the bridge are three modern memorials:  memorial to the Korean War; a memorial to Glaswegian recipients of the Victoria Cross and a memorial to still-born children.

War Hero Graves

The Necropolis holds graves of eighteen commonwealth service personnel, which are split between the two world wars, thirteen from World War One and five from World War Two.

The grave are registered and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the highest ranking officer that is buried here is, Lieutenant-General Sir James Moncrieff Grierson, who died in August 1914.

You can find amazing architecture such as sculpture and interesting stories, along with around 3,500 tombs but around 50,000 burials happened in this cemetery.

Glasgow Necropolis
Photography by: Robert Brown

Glasgow Necropolis is located next to the Glasgow cathedral, why not explore the Crypt within the Cathedral, which was built in the mid 1200’s.

James Stevens Curl described the Necropolis as “literally a city of the dead

Guided tours are available, you can find out information about the 37 acre cemetery full of wonderful architecture, sculpture and fascinating stories.

Telephone Number: 0141 287 3961 | Tour Information | Official website

Opening Hours


Monday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM



Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ

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