While technically no longer a cathedral, this magnificent structure maintains this designation from its long history as a cathedral of medieval times – one of the very few cathedrals from that time in Scotland. Consecrated over 815 years ago, this is the only Scottish Cathedral where the structure remained completely intact from before the reformation. This awe-inspiring house of worship still maintains an active congregation.
There are of course many historic features in and around this Gothic treasure. The site is said to be that of St. Kentigern’s tomb and from here is where the beginnings of the city of Glasgow blossomed. Two impressive features when entering the nave are the impressive stained glass windows and the high 32 metre ceilings. While the stained glass windows date only from the mid-twentieth century they are still said to be one of the finest collections of post-war examples anywhere. In the ceiling, much of the wood visible from the nave is thought to be from the 14th century.
The cathedral can be reached on foot, from George Square proceed north on North Hanover Street, turn right on Cathedral Street. There are a number of buses that drop off near the cathedral. These are bus numbers: 11, 12, 36 and 36A, 38 and 38A, 42 and 42A, 51, 56 and 56A and 213.