Hamilton Attractions

Hamilton, a town south-east of Glasgow is one of Scotland’s hidden gems which offers plenty to see and to experience. Here are a few suggestions to first time visitors of Hamilton.

Hamilton Mausoleum Hamilton Mausoleum. The final resting place of the Hamilton family is the number one Hamilton attraction. The impressive Roman-style mausoleum which is about 37 metres tall lies north of the site of the former Hamilton Palace. The mausoleum was commissioned by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767-1852) but he did not live to see the completion of the new resting place for his family. The Hamilton Mausoleum was built between 1842 and 1858 by architects David Hamilton, David Bryce and Alexander Richie.

When completed, the remains of the 10th Duke of Hamilton were transferred into the mausoleum. He was interred in a Egyptian-style sarcophagus in the main chapel, while 17 of his ancestors were laid to their final rest in a crypt below the main chapel. However, all coffins were later re-buried in the Hamilton’s Bent Cemetery due to a flooding in the area.

In addition to being the most famous Hamilton’s landmark, the Hamilton Mausoleum is also known for having the longest lasting echo of any building in the world.

Low Parks Museum Low Parks Museum. The museum that is housed in a 16th century inn tells a history of this part of the Clyde Valley and houses a impressive collection of the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) Regiment. The museum which has a 5 Start Visitor Attraction Status can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. The admission is free of charge.
Hamilton Old Parish Church Hamilton Old Parish Church. The Gregorian-style church is the only religious structure to have been designed by William Adam (1689-1748), the most celebrated architect in Scotland in his time. The Hamilton Old Parish Church was built in 1734 over an older building. The church is open to visitors who, however, should keep in mind that it is also used for religious ceremonies.
Hamilton Town House Hamilton Town House. One of the most recognizable buildings in Hamilton was built in several stages over a period of two decades and was finally completed in 1924. In the early 2000s, it underwent a massive renovation and was reopened by Princess Anne in 2004. A part of the building also serves as public library.
Cadzow Castle Cadzow Castle. Not far from the centre of Hamilton are located the ruins of the Cadzow Castle which was built in the fist half of the 16th century by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. Following the escape from Loch Leven Castle, Mary, Queen of Scots stayed in the castle for a brief period. As a punishment for the Hamilton family’s support to Mary, the Cadzow Castle was destroyed in second half of the 16th century. The Hamilton family had it partially rebuilt in the early 19th century but today’s Cadzow Castle is completely in ruins. Access to the ruins is forbidden due to their instability but they can be seen from the Duke’s Bridge across the Avon Gorge.