The Glasgow University Architecture is not to be missed while visiting the city. Its Gothic revival style is impressive on top of the hill and echoes the age of the University. Have a look:
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Glasgow University Building
Getting to the Glasgow University Building
- North West of the city Center
- in the Hillhead Neighbourhood is the center of the University
- This most impressive building, the Gilbert Scott Building is on top of a hill
- The Hop on Hop off busses stop next to it - Pre-purchase your Hop on Hop off bus ticket in your own currency
- For public transport check Traveline Scotland
Admiring the Glasgow University Architecture
- Entries at the back and at the front coming from Kelvingrove
- Next to the university official gift shop, you can find a miniature replica of the University and stairs to toilets
- The University offers self guided tour and guided tours
Not to be missed when visiting Glasgow !
The Glasgow University Architecture - model
Before touring the University, let's start with a few facts:
- The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451. It is the 4th oldest in the UK (2nd oldest in Scotland after St Andrews)
- It was originally located in the city's High Street
- Since 1870 the main University Campus has been located on Gilmorehill
- The most striking building in terms of Architecture is the Gilbert Scott Building. It was completed in 1891
- The iconic tower stands 278 feet (85 meters) high making it one of the Glasgow's landmarks
- The University Motto is Via, Veritas, Vita (the way, the truth, the life)
Inside the Glasgow University
One a clear day, the grass inside the building are very enjoyable. It is possible to move from one side to the other via the cloisters and their many arches. They are also know as the Undercroft.
On each side are the East and West Quadrangles which house lecture theatres.
Fun fact: it is considered bad luck to walk across the grass before graduating... A great way to keep their lawn in great shape :-)
Glasgow University Chapel
The University Chapel was completed in 1929.
It is one of the rare locations where marriages of different faiths (protestant, reformed, roam catholic) can be celebrated.
Architecture of the Glasgow University from outside
The facade of the Gilbert Scott building is very striking, especially with the height of the central tower.
I was lucky to admire in during spring with beautiful flowers.
As you exit the University it is nice to enjoy a walk down hill to the River Kelvin and the Kelvingrove Museum.
From there the Tower is very impressive.
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