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“Creepy ghosts and ghouls galore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Necropolis

The Necropolis
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Glasgow's Must Sees 5-Hour Private Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Necropolis, Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead, is a vast and grand cemetery modeled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. Described as one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, it is a major visitor attraction and patrolled by Park Rangers. Heritage Trail maps are available to guide the visitor to the memorials and tombs of some of Glasgow's most eminent citizens.
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“Creepy ghosts and ghouls galore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

IIf you wish to learn about Glasgow's saints and sinners, roam where once clandestine Body Snatchers stole fresh bodies from the grave, look no further.
I knew a Glaswegian whose great grandfather, says he, stood guard over a relative’s grave with a shotgun for a fortnight - to keep "Resurrectionists” at bay! In that not so distant past one really was “worth more dead than alive.” Heavy iron cages called Mort safes - designed by their sheer mass to discourage disinterment of loved ones, dot the old graveyard while creepy crypts, vaults, obelisks, pyramids and flat grave stones galore, pay tribute to the famous and infamous depending on one’s religious or political points of view.
Best see on a gloomy day, Glasgow’s sprawling Necropolis, located next to the ancient Cathedral, could contain burials dating back to the 11th century. Glasgow – older by far than Stirling, Dunfermline and the rest - already had a history of 1,000 years when Edinburgh was no more than a group of huts nestling beneath its rocky fortress. St. Mungo, who died in the year 603, is buried in the ancient vaults of the Cathedral. However it is the plethora of garish Victorian tomb extravaganzas that best depicts and preserves this “City of the Dead” amidst outlandish cemetery architecture, perhaps the best in Europe.
Panoramas of the old city can best be enjoyed from John Knox’s lofty tomb and steep braes which meander down towards the High Street. Here Sir William Wallace himself walked en route to devotions at the altar of the Cathedral So much history lies hereabouts a half day is soon spent exploring here, there, and everywhere nearby.

Visited May 2014
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“Interesting visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Went round as cathedral was having a D Day landing service. Walked from start to finish slightly hilly but very interesting viewing all the graves. Worth a visit not sure if suitable for young children re the boredom factor!!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Susan P
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“historic Glasgow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

this is a different way to view Glasgows history.with good views of the city.some of the monuments could be better cared for or restored.

Visited May 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

OK, a cemetry may seem an odd place to recommend as an attraction but this place is fascinating! A true gothic-style necropolis and well worth an hour or two of your time to walk around and just marvel at the monuments. Also well situated to combine with a visit to the nearby cathedral.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful grounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We are so happy we stopped in to explore the Necropolis.
Easily accessible from the City Centre, the Victorian cemetery (est 1832) is the final resting place for many famous and important Glaswegians.
The tombstones and monuments are very impressive.
Worth an hour of your time!

Visited June 2014
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