Glasgow Necropolis

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On my recent trip to Glasgow, I took the relatively short journey from the city centre up to the Glasgow Necropolis. Although the 30-minute walk there wasn't the most interesting, it was well worth it. Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead is an atmospheric place but a pleasant one. It has an ethereal beauty that provides a peaceful sanctum away from the bustling city.

If you're unsure whether visiting a graveyard is one of the best things to do in Glasgow, I'm here to convince you that it is. The Necropolis is a stunning historic site not to be missed—and it's one of the few dog-friendly major attractions in Glasgow.

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One of the most famous cemeteries in Europe, the Glasgow Necropolis sits on a prominent hill just east of Glasgow Cathedral. It's the final resting place of 50,0000 and the second largest green space in Glasgow's city centre.

The 37-acre site is filled with ornate tombs, gravestones, mausoleums dedicated to the people who rest here. Not every grave has a stone and only a small percentage are named on the monuments. The graveyard was designed for the inclusion of different religions, being a multi-faith resting place for Catholics, Quakers, Protestants, and Jews.

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The bridge leading up to the regal gates of the necropolis' entrance was once part of the funeral processions route. As a result, it became known as the "Bridge of Sighs." Between the gates and the bridge are three modern memorials. These are dedicated to still-born children, the Korean War, and Glaswegian recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The meandering path guides visitors through the gravestones and monuments, up to the highest point of the graveyard. The reward is a spectacular view of Glasgow city centre and the imposing cathedral.

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The Necropolis has large stretches of wooded areas and wildflowers. There are more than 180 different species of plants and trees, attracting a variety of wildlife. These include a variety of birds, pipistrelle bats, wood mice, roe deer, and voles.

Dogs are welcome in the Glasgow Necropolis. It's a popular spot for dog walking and it's obvious why. Being the second largest green space in Glasgow, there is plenty of space for dogs to stretch their legs and enjoy a new and unusual location. Although there are signs asking for dogs to be kept on leash, these are largely ignored by locals.

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It's free to visit the Glasgow Necropolis. Although just like the Botanic Gardens, donations are encouraged to help with conservation and restoration projects. Walking tours are available to book, from informal walks to private tours, hosted by knowledgable volunteers.

For more dog-friendly things to do in Scotland, visit the Glasgow travel guide.

Photographs by Jack Spicer Adams.