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Glasgow Cathedral

This Gothic cathedral marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow and is Scotland's finest medieval church, with majestic stained-glass windows.

Visit Glasgow Cathedral to see one of Scotland’s most revered Gothic buildings and impressive stained-glass windows. See remnants of Scotland’s medieval history and learn tales about long-lost heroes.

Glasgow Cathedral is the pride of the city. The current structure was built from the 12th century onwards and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland that survived the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Legend has it that St. Kentigern, or Mungo, was buried at the site in the early seventh century. He was the first bishop of Strathclyde, an ancient British kingdom, and is the patron saint of Glasgow.

Check out the crypt, which is said to contain the tomb of St. Kentigern. Here, you’ll also find a sculpture of Bishop Wishart who supported the legendary William Wallace and Robert Bruce. These heroic Guardians of Scotland lead the 30-year war of independence against the English.

Church enthusiasts will enjoy a free guided tour through the arcades and vaulted aisles. Volunteers educate visitors about the building and its history. They will point out The Millennium Window, the cathedral’s most recent stained-glass window. Unveiled in 1999 to reflect the past thousand years, the window’s scene represents growth and includes extracts from the Bible.

If you explore the cathedral on your own, don’t miss small details such as the carved bosses. Find these wooden ceiling decorations in the Blackadder Aisle, named after a 15th-century archbishop. Visit on Sunday late afternoon for the public choral evensong.

Stroll through the Glasgow Necropolis behind the cathedral to see tombs of notable Glaswegians in this Victorian-era cemetery.

Glasgow Cathedral is open daily and entry is free. A religious service takes place on Sunday mornings. The building is within walking distance of central George Square and can also be reached by bus, train and car. There is metered on-street parking nearby. Note that the guided tours are less frequent in winter, but you can always pick up a guide book or pamphlets at the entrance to study the architecture and historic value in more detail.


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citizenM Hotel Glasgow $79
citizenM Hotel Glasgow

citizenM Hotel Glasgow

60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Glasgow, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cowcaddens Station is 5 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 6 minutes.

    Apex City of Glasgow Hotel $67
    Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

    Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

    110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Royal Concert Hall. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 10 minutes. Buchanan Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cowcaddens Station is 7 minutes.

      Jurys Inn Glasgow $52
      Jurys Inn Glasgow

      Jurys Inn Glasgow

      80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, Scotland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from St. Enoch Centre and Merchant City. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 10 minutes. St Enoch Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bridge Street Station is 6 minutes.

        Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel $141
        Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

        Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

        No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Glasgow, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. The SSE Hydro and Glasgow Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cowcaddens Station is 7 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 8 minutes.

          Native Glasgow $95
          Native Glasgow

          Native Glasgow

          14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, Scotland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Glasgow, this aparthotel is steps from George Square, Merchant City, and Buchanan Street. Gallery of Modern Art and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Queen Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 3 minutes.

            Fraser Suites Glasgow $67
            Fraser Suites Glasgow

            Fraser Suites Glasgow

            1-19 Albion Street Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merchant City, George Square, and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Green and Buchanan Street are also within 15 minutes. Glasgow Argyle Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and St Enoch Station is 8 minutes.

              Malmaison Glasgow $85
              Malmaison Glasgow

              Malmaison Glasgow

              278 West George St, Glasgow, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Glasgow, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Vincent Street Church and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 15 minutes. Cowcaddens Station is 9 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 10 minutes.

                Dakota Glasgow $126
                Dakota Glasgow

                Dakota Glasgow

                179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are also within 15 minutes. Glasgow Charing Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cowcaddens Station is 8 minutes.