Discover Glasgow's Celtic and Viking past! Visit Govan Old and explore the Govan Stones; a unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th–11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.
Did you know Glasgow was home to Scotland's largest collection of Viking gravestones? Were you aware Govan was the heart of a Medieval kingdom in Western Scotland that once stretched all the way to the English border? Have you heard about the mysterious Govan Sarcophogus which held the remains of an elusive Celtic saint called Constantine?
The Govan Stones shine a light into a dark period of history before the nation of Scotland ever existed when warlords battled for control of the British Isles, and Viking longships caused mayhem along our coasts and waterways.
The Govan Stones collection is one of the largest and most diverse examples of Early Medieval Sculpture in the United Kingdom and showcases Glasgow’s contribution to the development of Medieval Insular Art. Although illustrating a unique local style, the Govan Stones also betrays influences from Pictish, Irish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking artistic traditions.
Archaeological excavations have shown that the site has been a burial ground since at least the 6th century. Its four Celtic cross-shafts and numerous cross-slabs are evidence that by the 10th century Govan had developed as not only an important ecclesiastical centre, but as the primary royal burial ground for the Kingdom of Strathclyde.
Young people can unleash their inner Viking and dress up in Dark Age armour and helmets. Guided tours available on request.
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