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Visit Glasgow University…

Visit Glasgow University....

I’m not an educated haggis but I can still recommend the value of a visit to the University of Glasgow. This university is one of the oldest universities in Scotland, founded in 1491. Glasgow University moved to it’s West End campus in 1870 from High Street, and it has more listed buildings than at any other university in the UK. Wee Kilty here can appreciate the beauty of the gothic revival style of the main building. You can see the signature bell tower from many points across the city.

You may well be a prospective student, and although Wee Kilty can’t advice you on this process, I can give you an idea of the best spots to visit.

My favourite spot on campus is either the East or West Quadrangles – I can’t choose between them. They are very picturesque courtyards and popular with both students and visitors alike. It’s in the quadrangles that student graduation day celebrations take place. 

The Cloisters connect the two quadrangles and these impressive archways are an iconic part of Glasgow University. You may recognise them from many films and television shows including Cloud Atlas and Outlander. You may also get the feeling that you’re at Hogwarts, if you’re a fan of Harry Potter.

A wander to the front of the main building will take you to the University’s Flagpole. From this vantage point you can see some of Kilty’s favourite West End haunts, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Kelvin Hall. On a clear day, the views are stunning as you see the city laid out before you.

Another beautiful building worth seeing is the University Chapel. In 1929 the University Chapel became an addition to the campus as a memorial to staff, graduates and students who lost their lives in the Great War. The memorial chapel is a place of beauty for both worship and celebration.

Across from the University Chapel you will see Professors’ Square. This stunning row of 13 townhouses was built to house the university’s professors. The Principal’s Lodging at number 12 is the only building still in use as a residence today.

What Wee Kilty likes so much about the Lion and Unicorn staircase is that it was relocated from the High Street campus. Brick by brick it was moved by horse and cart before being rebuilt by hand and incorporated into the new building in 1870.

You may have noticed that the weather in Glasgow is not always entirely conducive to a dodder about outside. A visit to the Hunterian Museum, Scotland’s oldest public museum, could be the answer. Founded in 1807 with donations by William Hunter, it is home to one of Scotland’s largest collections. On view are scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin. You can also see Hunter’s extensive anatomical teaching instruments and Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall. You can also visit the Hunterian Art Gallery, featuring over 900 paintings and permanent displays.

The University of Glasgow gets some fantastic reviews from visitors to Glasgow. Guided tours are available at 2pm Tuesday – Sunday or you can buy a map from the gift shop to conduct your own self guided tour. It’s a real gem in this wonderful city.

Glasgow University buildings
Glasgow University Cloisters
Kilted Haggis tour group at the Glasgow University Flagpole
The Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University