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The Ramshorn

Events at The Ramshorn 

The Ramshorn is available for hire for small and medium sized events. Conveniently situated in the heart of Glasgow’s city-centre, The Ramshorn offers a flexible conference, meeting, and exhibition space within easy reach of hotels and transport links. 

This A-listed church, preserved with its original architectural and historical features, is an accessible contemporary venue with hybrid capabilities. 


Exhibition area

Meeting room

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History of The Ramshorn 

The Ramshorn was originally built as St David’s Parish Church in 1826, replacing a church that had stood on the site since 1720. Now an A-listed building, it was designed by English architect Thomas Rickman in the Gothic Revival style. 

Known popularly as the Ramshorn Kirk, the church was in a wealthy and sought after area of Glasgow at the time. As such, you will find many prominent Glaswegians buried in the surrounding graveyard, including industrialist David Dale, and tobacco merchants Andrew Buchanan and John Glassford. 

The exterior of the building features a plaque to Sir John A MacDonald, the first prime minster of Canada, who was born in the parish. You will also find plaques to Professor John Anderson, natural philosopher and founder of the institution that would become the University of Strathclyde, and his grandfather, John Anderson, who was minister of the Ramshorn Kirk. 


Stained glass windows                                                                       Entrance on Ingram Street

Historical links to slavery (University of Strathclyde)

In October 2023, the University of Strathclyde published a report investigating its historical links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade (PDF). This report shines a light into the Institution's past and offers crucial insights that can guide Strathclyde's present actions as a socially progressive, anti-racist University committed to equality and diversity.

Find out more on the University of Strathclyde website.

Visiting the Ramshorn 

The University of Strathclyde bought the church in 1983 and it operated as a theatre and performance space from 1992 to 2011. The Ramshorn now hosts Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, as well as private events and meetings, so the building is not usually open to the public. You can still access the graveyard and grounds – and complete our free Ramshorn and Graveyard digital trail, which is available in 10 different languages! Created by Glasgow City school pupils, you can find the trail by searching for 'The Ramshorn' on the Global Treasure Trails website. 

Wherever you are in the world, you can also take a peek inside by going on our virtual tour

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