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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Speed

Glasgow Necropolis

Updated: Oct 8, 2022

Glasgow Necropolis is a beautiful Victorian cemetery built on a hill, giving fantastic views of the city. With stunning architecture and a few famous names from history, the Necropolis is a worthwhile visit for any history enthusiast, but how accessible is a Victorian hillside cemetery?


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Location

Glasgow

G4 0UZ


Although the main gates lie behind the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, that entrance isn't well suited to those of us with mobility issues. I recommend entering via the gate on the corner of Wishart Street as this is much more accessible.




Access


Parking is available on Wishart Street in marked bays on the road and is pay-and-display, but charges did not apply to Blue Badge holders when we visited (check terms and conditions at payment meter).


The Friends of Glasgow Necroplis have plenty of information for alternative transport options for those not travelling by car.


The Grounds are challenging but there are accessible parts, including the pathway to the William Wallace memorial and to the grave of William Miller.


The cobblestone paving at the main entrance near the St. Mungo Museum is extensive, whereas the cobblestone paving at the Wishart Street entrance is minimal, so I recommend Wishart Street, which has a dropped kerb, for wheelchair users and anyone who finds walking at length a challenge, as the walk across the bridge into the cemetery from the main entrance is long.


There are large areas of the cemetery which are inaccessible due to steps and uneven terrain, but much of these can be seen at a distance from the main path. The paths become steep as you journey deeper into the heart of the cemetery and ascend the hill, making it challenging to say the least. I was unable to reach the John Knox Monument.


Glasgow Necropolis Wishart Street Entrance
Wishart Street Entrance

Glasgow Necropolis Main Gates
Main Gates


The long walk from the main gates

Wheelchair-friendly paving

Steps and uneven terrain

Facilities can be found in the general area but none are available within the cemetery itself. Glasgow is a bustling city with plenty of options for food and drink.


The nearest Changing Places toilet is located at University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Sport.


The Visit


Despite its access limitations, Glasgow Necropolis is a worthy site for anyone with an interest in history, architecture, or just seeking incredible views. It is breathtakingly beautiful in parts on a sunny day.


The relationship between nature and man is always most fascinating in a cemetery and, like Highgate Cemetery in London, Glasgow Necropolis does not disappoint. From shrubs and tree branches beautifully framing graves and pathways to nature reclaiming spaces or existing in harmony with the stone, the Necropolis is as picturesque as it gets for me.



I love the way the roots have become one with the stone.

If architecture is your thing there's plenty to admire.



Poets, literature fans, or anyone who remembers the Wee Willie Winkie nursery rhyme from their childhood might be interested to find the grave of its lyricist William Miller on one of the main paths.




And in case anyone is unfamiliar with the rhyme, both the original Scottish version and the English version can be found here.


Popular with many visitors is the William Wallace memorial, which is a moving tribute to the man who played such an important part in the First War of Scottish Independence.




A map at the Wishart Street entrance shows the main pathways, and the William Miller grave and William Wallace memorial are both situated along these routes.


From the Wishart Street entrance, head up the path and turn left where it joins the next, this will lead you to the entrance facade. From there you can head down the hill via the lefthand path at the fork to see the Wallace memorial then turn back towards the facade and turn left up the hill, where you will find the Miller grave on the lefthand side. Going any further involves some very steep paths in parts so please bear this in mind when deciding how much to see.




Top Tips


  • Enter via Wishart Street

  • Visit on a clear day if you can


For More on the Site


The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis have lots of information on their website and a guidebook can be purchased here.


Final Note


I was fortunate enough to be able to visit a few different historical sites during my short visit to Scotland, so I will be adding more to the blog soon.


Until then, happy travels!




*Disclaimer: This blog is written as a travel blog with a disability focus and history theme. It is intended to entertain and inform but is in no way a comprehensive guide and I do not attempt to provide a full accessibility guide for any site. Readers planning to visit any sites should check site websites or contact sites directly for up-to-date information on opening times, facilities, accessibility and other required information.















































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