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Special arrangements are currently in place at Glasgow Cathedral, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 28 July 2020.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

Parking

A public car park is about 80m from the cathedral’s west door, on the opposite side of the High Street.

Approach to site

The cathedral is approached over paving, lowered kerbs and cobbles.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at the cathedral.

What will be open during your visit

  • One-way system in operation
  • Retail offering
  • Disabled access via wheelchair lift at West Door
  • View-only access to lower chapterhouse
  • North and South aisle (Central aisle can be viewed from crossing area)

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • No access to central aisle in Choir area, but can be viewed from the crossing area
  • Audio guide

Visiting the site

Visitors will be asked to follow a one-way route through the cathedral. Please follow signage wherever indicated. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • The west door has a stair lift down into the nave and a call point. Please use this or call the stewards on 0141 552 6891 to have the door opened
  • The main entrance on the south side has four stone steps up into the nave
  • The nave is level with a smooth slabbed floor
  • The choir is up five stone steps or via the stair lift. Speak to staff for help accessing the stair lift
    • The lift has broken down, we are working to get it back up and running
  • The Blacader aisle will not be open at this time
  • The chapter house is reached up two steps and down eight. Information on the space will be available for those who cannot access it
  • The crypt is down 25 steps with a single handrail
  • There can be loud noises from the organ at times
  • There are pews in the choir and nave in which visitors can sit

Toilets

There are no toilets available at the cathedral. The nearest adapted toilet is at St Mungo Museum about 15m away. If the museum is closed, the next accessible public toilet is in John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries 0.8miles/1.2km away.

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Opening times

1-31 Oct:
Mon-Sat, 10am to 4pm
Sun, 1pm to 4pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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