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The Glasgow Necropolis: Tours for Children

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
An informal and friendly tour of Glasgow's history.

Located within the very heart of Glasgow, right next to Glasgow Cathedral, is The Glasgow Necropolis.

It's a hidden time capsule of Glasgow, where approximately 50,000 people are buried. This can sound like an upsetting experience for children, but an informal and friendly tour with one of their experienced tour guides can help bring history to life.

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

With literacy as its focus, a tour will help each child learn about the history of the very city they live within.

In their words, "If we can enable each child or young person to feel part of the very city they live in, and teach them that they are the gatekeepers of their own history, then we help them to become responsible citizens."

Fascinating facts:

It was the first garden cemetery in Scotland.
It is 37acres/15hectares in size.
There are approximately 50,000 people buried in the Necropolis.
There are 3,500 visible tombs and mausoleums.
The first statue raised in Scotland to John Knox is in the Necropolis, it was laid in 1825.
There are 180 species of flowering plants and trees in the Necropolis.
Roe deer, rabbits, grey squirrels, bats, wood mice and voles can all be found in the Necropolis.

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

When: You can view tour dates here.

Where: 28/32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0XA

Price: Free but donations appreciated

For more information, visit their website or contact tours@glasgownecropolis.org for further information.

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