We visited Scotland back in 2011, but we never had a chance to visit the city of Glasgow. Instead we ventured through the northern part of the country and stayed in Edinburgh for a couple days. This time around we wanted to make sure we made a stop in Glasgow to see what it was all about and to visit the amazing Glasgow Necropolis.
We stayed near the west end of the city, near Ruchill Park, in a very nice Airbnb. We had an amazing host who gave us advice on where to visit in the city and made us feel right at home. The area was picturesque, filled with historic flats and places to shop. In walking distance was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens located in the west end of the city. It features glasshouses uniquely designed and filled with a variety of plant life from around the world. The grounds are also filled with statues and gardens, making this a beautiful place to walk through.
Our next stop was at the Riverside Museum. The outside of the building has a modern unique design and is located on the site of the former A. & J. Inglis Shipyard, on the north bank of the River Clyde in the Glasgow harbor. The museum has a number of collections and features over 3,000 objects including a number of cars, trains, buses and much more.
The museum also has three streets that you can walk through. The street displays capture three different time periods in Glasgow history. The first street covers 1895-1930, the second covers the 1930s-1960s, and the third covers the 1960s-1980s. These streets are a fun way to step back in time and imagine how life was in Glasgow. The Riverside museum is a fun museum that is certainly different from the majority of museums out there.
And finally we saved the best for last with a visit to the Glasgow Necropolis. This was one of the largest and oldest cemeteries that we’ve ever visited. The history and the sights are breath-taking, making the Necropolis the most interesting spot we visited during our time in Glasgow. I can understand why people travel from around the world to come and see this amazing place.
Established in 1832, the majority of the graveyard sits on top of a hill overlooking the city. There are more than 50,000 individuals buried in this graveyard. It is filled with giant monuments with some reaching well over 35 feet tall. We spent hours walking through, looking at all of the monuments and taking in the view of Glasgow below. Even If you’re not one to typically visit a graveyard, this is a must see. To read more on Angie’s personal experience at the Necropolis, you can visit her website here.
Overall, Glasgow is a very welcoming city with many places to visit. We had a lot of fun and would be happy to return the next time we visit Scotland. There’s still a lot that we didn’t get to see this time around.