When we decided to travel to Scotland, I knew that one of the places I wanted to visit (nearly top of the list) was the Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis. We actually ended up going out of our way to visit, but it was worth it. When I saw pictures of the Glasgow Cathedral, my first thought was that it is the picture-perfect, stereotypical gothic church. From the outside you see many tall spires, tons of stained glass and just an architecturally beautiful church. It is very easy to see why it made the list.
Arriving in the city was very easy, we came in by car and the freeway system was easy to navigate. There were many signs that helped direct us right into town and directly to the cathedral. We were able to locate a parking garage called the Duke Street Car Park that was not far off the freeway and was a short walk to the cathedral.
Entrance to the cathedral was free at the time of our visit and donations to the church are always accepted, but not required. You should be able to visit any day of the week but you will need to check the current times on the churches website: Visiting Glasgow Cathedral
The inside of the church is just as incredible as the outside. You first enter into the Nave of Glasgow Cathedral, this is a large open area that leads to the main altar. When passing from the Nave to the main altar, you can also head downstairs, under the church to visit the crypt and see the Shine of St. Mungo. It is much cooler in the area as you are under the church, kind of gives a creepy feeling but it is an area not to be missed.
After leaving the cathedral, we headed over to Church Lane which takes you thru the large entrance to the Necropolis. We probably wandered around for about an hour or so looking at the many ornate memorials. Some were very simple being just a headstone and other were quite large and extravagant, seeming to be the size of a small building. It was a cloudy dreary day when we visited, which kind of fit the tone of the Necropolis.