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Glasgow Cathedral

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  • Address: Castle Street
  • Hours: Mon 10:00-16:00, Tue 10:00-16:00, Wed 10:00-16:00, Thu 10:00-16:00, Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 13:00-16:00

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“A fantastic way to travel back in time”. That’s how one visitor recently described this superb medieval cathedral.    Just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, it’s the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation almost entirely intact. 

This magnificent example of Scottish Gothic architecture was built between the 13th & 15th centuries and is widely regarded as the high point of cathedral building in Europe.  But no description of the cathedral would be complete without mentioning its inextricable link with the city’s patron saint & founder, St. Mungo, who built his church on this site and who was buried here in 612. Mungo was the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde. His diocese was vast, reaching from Loch Lomond in the north, to Cumbria in the south, and his shrine here was a great centre of Christian pilgrimage until the Scottish Reformation.

The crypt within the Cathedral was constructed in the mid-1200s to house the tomb of St Kentigern.

Wander around the cathedral and you’ll see many connections down the ages, from the ancient trades on which the city built her fortune, to the military and the law.   

Other connections run through the cathedral’s history: one of Scotland’s most famous literary sons, Sir Walter Scott, refers to the kirk (Scottish for church) in his novel, Rob Roy. And no visitor should leave without gazing up at the breathtaking white ceiling in the Blackadder Aisle which was built around 1500 by Archbishop Blackadder - no relation to a certain famous TV character!

If you have time, pop next door to the award-winning St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, named after the patron saint. It’s a haven of tranquillity in the bustling city.

Opening times

Please be aware of the Cathedral's seasonal opening times when planning a visit:

Summer (April to September)

  • Weekdays between 9.30am and 5.30pm
  • Saturdays between 9.30am and 5.30pm
  • Sundays between 1.00pm and 5.00pm

N.B. last admission to Cathedral is 30 minutes prior to the closing time listed, 5:00 pm in Spring/Summer (4:30 on Sundays). Last admission to Lower Church is 45 minutes prior to closing time. 

There is a Service of Choral Evensong held in the Nave each Sunday at 4:00 pm to which visitors are most welcome. Those visitors not wishing to attend are asked to respect the sanctity of the proceedings.

Winter (October to March)

  • Weekdays between 10:00 am and 4.00 pm
  • Saturdays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
  • Sundays between 1.00pm and 4:00 pm

There is a Service of Choral Evensong held in the Nave each Sunday at 4:00 pm to which visitors are most welcome. Those visitors not wishing to attend are asked to respect the sanctity of the proceedings.

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