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The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps

Built 1872
Queen Margaret Road
G20 6DB

The Sixty Steps sweep round an imposing retaining wall above the Kelvin valley. Originally approached from the first Queen Margaret Bridge, known locally as Walker’s bridge, this impressive structure was pivotal in the development of the still rural North bank of the Kelvin.
Alexander Thomson was commissioned to design a structure both practical and fanciful; practical in that it created a level south facing area for the building of attractive tenements and fanciful as can be seen in his idiosyncratic designs, including embedded columns, arrow slits, a ‘door’ and a ‘fireplace’ .
The Steps and wall are unique as Thomson’s only civic structure.
A pleasure garden sits at the top of the wall. Fine views down to the Kelvin valley can be seen through the pillared lookout point known as the Belle Vue.


Other Information


Nearest Train and/or Subway: Hillhead or Kelvinbridge Subway Stations
Parking: Yes, but can be busy.


Physical Access to Building: Limited Access (only part of the building is fully accessible (e.g. ground floor is wheelchair accessible but other areas are only accessible via stairs – please explain below)
Further details: The Sixty Steps is an outdoor site. The Steps run between Queen Margaret Road and Kelvinside Terrace West which are both fully accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Clear views of the Steps can be had from the roads at the top and the bottom of the structure. There are a few steps with a balustrade down to the Belle Vue Garden.
Facilities: Seating


Organisation Information:

The Trust is a voluntary body with charitable status made up of local residents and supporters from the wider community that aims to :
1.Coordinate the historic restoration of Alexandr ‘Greek’ Thomson’s Sixty Steps and adjoining wall for the benefit of the local community and the broader area.
2.Ensure the ongoing maintenance of the Steps, wall and adjoining spaces.
3.Educate the public about Thomson’s architectural legacy and integrate the Steps and wall into the recreational, social and cultural life of the local community and the historic fabric of the City.

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Open Saturday and Sunday @ 10am till 5pm – No booking necessary