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“Beautiful church housing the Govan Stones”

Govan Old Parish Church
Ranked #33 of 282 things to do in Glasgow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Wouldn't have been aware of the stones' existence had it not been for a leaflet in our hotel, which apparently was something the church started doing earlier this year. Lovely old church with some interesting artefacts, the Govan Stones being the major thing. Really interesting to see, hear & read all about them - lots of detail thanks to painstaking research. The large embroidered silk screen is a thing of beauty, which I really enjoyed reading about.

Thank Carolyn M
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Doing the 'Hop on, Hop Off' bus around Glasgow, the reach of the Clyde River looked enticing on a sunny afternoon, so we hopped off for a look - and found the free ferry across the river. Once there, we saw the signs for the Goven Stones - and wandered off to find out more about them. The location wasn't clearly signposted beyond the ferry landing but by turning right from the ferry at the merchant banking building, the entry to the church was about 50 yards. The welcoming and informative volunteer guides gave us a potted history - and offered to be on hand for any further questions. To find such historic relics so unexpectedly with so little fan-fare was most surprising in this part of Glasgow! Thank you SO much to all those volunteers working long hours to enlighten passers by. They provided Viking armour for kids to dress up and get their photos taken next to the ancient Celtic stones. The site of the church history was clearly shown in its different in carnations since Christian worshipers built the first church. Amazing. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

My friend took me to visit here as being a resident of Govan she is very proud of the church and the Stones and understandably so. Please make sure you have at least an hour, the lovely volunteers are there to do tours, we didn't have much time but next time I am up will gladly be shown around and hear all the history of this church and the Stones. Easy to get to from the subway or if you are visiting the Riverside, give Govan a chance for a proper picture of Glasgow and it's history. Next to the Pearce Institute and Fairfield Centre just up the road

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

We only found out about this place when we saw the free ferry advertised outside the Riverside Museum. Took the trip, very friendly boat personnel. The church and stones were very interesting, and much work has gone into the display. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The place was quite good, with a few interesting stones and what they call sarcophagus (not really). The tour guy was amazing super friendly and well informed.

You should be careful of the area though, as you will see a lot of junkies around.

Thank Vikram M
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