It’s a bit grim that one of my favourite places in Glasgow is a graveyard but this Victorian cemetery isn’t your every day graveyard. It’s absolutely beautiful and gives amazing views of the city, particularly the cathedral and the royal infirmary.
The necropolis is very grand and has around 3500 monuments (according to wikipedia!). The graveyard was planned and started in the 1800s when the church used to be responsible for burying people but, with less people attending church, came a change in the law to allow burial for profit.
There are various interesting graves and memorials in the cemetery including a memorial for the Korean War; the headstone of William Miller, who wrote Wee Willie Winkie and a Celtic Cross on the grave of Andrew McCall which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and was his first individual work.
Go through the day and you can also pay a visit to the cathedral itself, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and Provand’s Lordship which is Glasgow’s oldest house, built in 1471 – all of which are less than 5 minutes away and free! It’s also close to lots of great coffee shops like Papercup on High Street, McCune Smith on Duke Street and Spitfire Espresso, iCafe and Tinderbox all on Ingram Street.
My favourite time of day to visit is at sunset. The views are amazing and it’s a great chance for a novice like me to practice taking some pictures, usually with whatsapp guidance from my sister! There are always photography groups there and tripods are dotted everywhere and with those views it’s no wonder.