866 Govan Road, G51 3UU
1888, Robert Rowand Anderson (Cat A)
Visit the magnificent Category A listed Govan Old Church and travel back over a thousand years to the golden age of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. Explore Govan's Celtic sculptured crosses, Viking hogback gravestones and the mysterious Govan Sarcophagus.
A visit to the Govan Stones exhibition transports visitors to a moment in history when Govan was the seat of kings, when pilgrims prayed at the tombs of saints, and when Viking warriors plundered and conquered throughout the islands of Britain. The collection dates between the 9th-11th centuries and is housed in the magnificent A-Listed Govan Old Church, designed by Robert Rowan Anderson and described architecturally as possibly the most influential Post-Reformation church in Scotland. The stunning stained-glass windows on display are the work of expert late-Victorian workshops.
When you visit, you’ll have the chance to learn about the fascinating historical significance of the Govan Stones. At 12:30 on Saturday 15th September, Professor Stephen Driscoll from the University of Glasgow will give a short background on the importance of the site and the archaeological excavations he conducted at Govan with Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ in the 1990s. This will be followed by an update on the plans for the major redevelopment of Govan Old due to begin in 2019.
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Tours available on request; 20 minutes
Booking not required
Accessibility: Our building has some access restrictions. We have a ramp for wheelchair users. The majority of the building and collection are accessible with a wheelchair once inside the church but one artefact, the sarcophagus, is difficult to get to due to additional steps.
You’ll also have an opportunity to find out more about how an organ is used to make music. On Saturday Govan Old is teaming up with the Glasgow Society of Organists to showcase the fabulous Brindley and Foster Organ for visitors of all ages. Family friendly demonstrations will be held on Saturday 15th September at 11:30 and 14:00.
Tea and Coffees available Saturday and Sunday.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443