The Necropolis#12 in Best Things To Do in Glasgow
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Adjacent to the Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis is comparatively new, dating back to 1830s, while the cathedral is several hundred years older. Approximately 50,000 people are interred here; not all of them have gravestones, but there are about 3,500 tombs. The cemetery, modeled after the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, is often called Glasgow's Victorian "City of the Dead."
Recent visitors found that the garden cemetery also offers expansive views of the city of the living. Many simply find the hillside site a pleasant place to take a walk.
There is no charge to enter the Necropolis, and guided walking tours of the 37-acre grounds are offered if booked in advance. It's open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. In addition to the cathedral, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is also nearby. For more information, visit the Friends of the Glasgow Metropolis website.
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#1 The Burrell Collection
Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.
Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.
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