Hamilton Mausoleum was the resting place of the family of the Dukes of Hamilton. Built in the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace, its high stone used to hold the record for the longest echo within any man-made structure in the world, taking 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to fade. In 2014 the record was broken at the Inchindown oil storage tanks in the Scottish Highlands.

In line with his grandiose enlargement of Hamilton Palace, Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, replaced his family burial vault which stood close to the east quarter of the palace in the aisle of the old and dilapidated collegiate church. Now the solitary remaining testament to the colossal scale and grandeur of the buildings which once stood in Hamilton Low Parks, Hamilton Palace Mausoleum is a Roman-style domed structure of panelled masonry. Standing to an overall height of about 37 m, it occupies a site some 200 m north of the site of Hamilton Palace. Construction was begun in 1842 by architect David Hamilton and completed by architects David Bryce and sculptor Alexander Handyside Ritchie in 1858, five years after the death of the 10th Duke.

The Duke was interred in an Egyptian sarcophagus of the Ptolemaic period, on a black marble slab in the main chapel, while 17 of his ancestors were interred in the crypt below. The coffins of the 10th Duke and his ancestors were later removed after subsidence and flooding from the River Clyde affected the mausoleum, and were re-buried in Hamilton's Bent Cemetery in 1921.

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Every thing you need! By iara (3 months ago)
I really enjoyed to be there. Lovely place to walk, to be with family, friends and alone also
Rana ANDERSON (5 months ago)
Teans were drinking and partying around the Muslim and there was graffiti. I feel it should be better kept.
Natalia S (5 months ago)
To see the inside you have to book a tour which is only available on 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month (and book at least 2 days in advance).
johnny mac26 (2 years ago)
Good for a wee walk with the dog kinda spooky woods to the back old house looks haunted worth a visit.
John Aitken (2 years ago)
Local history at its best. A terrific tour with a guide that knew all that there is to know about this marvelous building and the Hamilton family who built it almost 200 years ago. Takes over an hour very interesting. Very close to Hamilton museum where afterwords you can enjoy soup and a roll or tea/coffee and cake.
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