St Andrew's in the Square

Glasgow, United Kingdom

St Andrew's in the Square is an 18th-century former church in Glasgow, considered one of the finest classical churches in Scotland, and now Glasgow's Centre for Scottish Culture, promoting Scottish music, song and dance.

The church was built between 1739 and 1756 by Master Mason Mungo Naismith, and designed by Allan Dreghorn. It was the first Presbyterian church built after the Reformation, and was commissioned by the city's Tobacco Lords as a demonstration of their wealth and power.

The church was enclosed by a later square, built by William Hamilton between 1786 and 1787, which became fashionable homes for some of Glasgow's wealthiest merchants. The migration of the city westwards throughout the 19th century, however, resulted in a gradual slumming of the area and a dwindling congregation. The church was last used for a religious service in 1993.

St Andrew's has played its part in Scottish history; in December 1745, before the church's completion, the Jacobite army, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, camped around the site, and within its semi-built walls, on its return from their failed battles in England, and on 23 November 1785, huge crowds of Glaswegians gathered to watch Vincenzo Lunardi take off from the churchyard in a hot air balloon on a flight which took him south-east to Hamilton and Lanark, before eventually landing in Hawick.



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    Paul Smyth (2 years ago)
    Very good venue good for works xmas party very good and polite staff realy well organized nice food so a must to try the Scottish dancing to finish off
    John Latta (2 years ago)
    Amazing building, overlooked you will be probably the only person there, a reminder of Glasgow great past .
    H D (2 years ago)
    We went to the cafe to the right of the Presbyterian Church (which is now a cultural centre). We were recommended the Cullen Skink Soup by our walking tour guide Rachel. It was a delicious smoked fish soup with potatoes and vegetables in it. It came with crusty bread and hit the spot for a cool damp day in friendly Glasgow.
    Omi “Bluesal” Sal (2 years ago)
    Beautiful historic venue. The space is absolutely beautiful and great for all types of events and it is full of hidden places you wouldn't expect to find. The ceiling is adorned with wonderfully decorated features and the main hall will have you feeling like you're in a ball room. Fantastic space for a ceilidh, but equally as good for a gala. There are plenty of bars in the building to accommodate a large number of people. One of the most ideal places to hold an event in Glasgow.
    Maryanne Clark (2 years ago)
    I am a photographer and St Andrew's on the Square is fantastic venue, the venue is beautiful the food amazing but most of all the staff are fantastic they go over and above for you and cater for your every need. I have worked here many times and it is one of my favourite venues, I will be sad to see it close.
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