Govan Old Church


866 Govan Road  G51 3UU

Robert Rowand Anderson, 1888

Category A Listed

The church containing a unique collection of carved stones including 5 viking hogbacks & the Govan Sarcophagus. Govan Old features priceless stained-glass from 5 English Studios. Cafe, kids quizzes & artefact handling. Sunday performances by the Scottish Plainsong Choir (2-4pm).

Affectionately called the peoples cathedral, Govan Old Church is one of the oldest places of worship in the west of Scotland.  Archaeological excavations in the 1990s revealed evidence of burials in the churchyard dating back to 5th and 6th centuries.

Visit Govan Old Church and discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Explore the 31 monuments dating from this period which include beautifully carved crosses and cross shafts, and 5 magnificent hogback stones. Enjoy the intricate interlace carving and warrior figures on the collection’s outstanding piece – the Govan Sarcophagus, the only one of its kind carved from solid stone from pre-Norman, northern Britain.

Sunday 20th September: Govan Old church is pleased to announce that between 2pm and 4pm there will be performances from the Scottish Plainsong Choir singing Gregorian Chant and plainchant in celebration of Celtic Saints.

Often overlooked, the stained glass windows of Govan Parish Church feauture some of the finest workshops of the late-Victorian period.  They are unusual in that one person, Dr. John Macleod (Minister of Govan Parish Church 1875-98) determined the choice of subjects and the stained glass studios that made them. Consequently the windows relate to each other in both subject and style.

Part of the Childrens Programme: Fun Activities for families and children of all ages.  Quizzes and artefact handling. Can you guess what objects people were using 1000 years ago?

Number in Brochure: 72

Opening Times

Mon Fri 1pm 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am 4pm. Tours: Available on request; 20 minutes. Meeting Point: Front Door


Limited Disabled Access
Manual ramp.


Hearing Loop
Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Govan Subway

Parking: On Street Parking Available Free of Charge
Parking on Govan Road and behind the market area.


0141 440 2466

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Govan Old Church

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Govan Old Church
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