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Glasgow Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew built in the city centre of Glasgow is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, designed in 1814 by James Gillespie Graham in the Neo Gothic style.

Glasgow, City of Glasgow

Opening times

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm, Saturday 7.30am to 6.30pm, Sunday 9am to 6.30pm.


Dunlop Street
City of Glasgow
G1 4ER

The Roman Catholic church in Great Clyde Street is justly considered one of the finest ecclesiastical edifices in the city, and occupies a prominent site on the north bank of the river. The exterior is very ornamental, and is fitted up in a plain manner, unlike the general appearance of Roman Catholic churches. The driving force behind the building was a priest from the Enzie of Banff, Revd Andrew Scott. He had been given the care of the Catholics of Glasgow in 1805 and was determined to build a church that would serve the needs of the growing Catholic population of the city. The foundation stone was laid in June 1814. For the first two centuries after the Reformation there was practically no Catholic presence in Glasgow, but by the end of the 18th century Glasgow's industrial expansion was attracting many Catholic workers from Ireland and parts of the Scottish Highlands. The church building is relatively modest in scale, without a steeple or bell tower. This was due primarily to continuing restrictions on the prominence of Catholic places of worship under the Relief Act of 1791.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Roman Catholic Church

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