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The Govan Stones at Govan Old Church

Built 1888
Govan Old Church
G51 3DL

Affectionately called the peoples cathedral, Govan Old Church is one of the oldest places of worship in the west of Scotland. Archaeological excavations in the 1990s revealed evidence of burials in the churchyard dating back to 5th and 6th centuries.

Visit Govan Old Church and discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Comprising one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture anywhere on the British Isles, these monuments include beautifully carved crosses and cross shafts, and 5 magnificent hogback stones. Enjoy the intricate interlace carving and warrior figures on the collection’s outstanding piece – the Govan Sarcophagus, the only one of its kind carved from solid stone from pre-Norman, northern Britain.


Other Information


Nearest Train and/or Subway: Govan Subway
Parking: On street only


Physical Access to Building: Fully Accessible (access to all areas without trouble, including for someone using a wheelchair or mobility scooter)
Further details: Building currently wheelchair accessible via mobile ramp. Please let a volunteer know upon arrival should you require the ramp – we will be happy to accommodate. Renovation works to upgrade building accessibility via permanent ramp entrance will commence in early 2022.
Facilities: Seating, Toilet


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Booking essential

Tours Saturday and Sunday all day

Tour duration: 30 minutes