Hamilton Mausoleum is one of Lanarkshire’s most iconic buildings and is seen by thousands of motorists every day travelling along the M74 motorway.
The building stands to an overall height of about 123 feet (37m) and occupies a site some 650 feet (200m) north of the former Hamilton Palace. The building was begun in 1842 by architect David Hamilton and was completed 5 years after the death of the 10th Duke by architects David Bryce and Alexander Richie in 1858. The Duke was interred in the mausoleum alongside many of his family.
The building is now the solitary remaining testament to the colossal scale and grandeur of the buildings which once stood in the Hamilton Low Parks. The coffins of the 10th Duke and his ancestors were later re-buried in Hamilton's Bent Cemetery due to the subsidence and flooding that affected the mausoleum.
Impressive from the outside, but book one of the tours taken by knowledgeable museums staff and you can get to see the breathtaking interior of the Mausoleum which (until recently) had the longest-lasting echo of any building in the world. This record was recently beaten by another Scottish man made structure, an underground fuel depot near Invergordon. The long echo phenomenon is dramatically demonstrated to visitors by slamming the entrance doors. The interior is also famous for its ornate decoration and eerie atmospheric crypt. One of the fascinating secrets of the mausoleum is the ‘whispering corner’.
The Mausoleum is an interesting and exciting historical attraction which makes for a great day out for all the family.
Tours price - £3.50 and £2.00 concession
Bookings are made via the nearby Low Parks Museum.
Tours of the Mausoleum are on the first Sunday of the month between February and November. To book please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382. Tours out with this time can accommodated by prior arrangement. Commercial use of the Mausoleum is available and Low Parks Museum can advise on hire fees.
Following your visit, why not take a trip up to the nearby Chatelherault Country Park, a magnificent VisitScotland 5 Star visitor attraction.
Tel: 01698 452382
Location: Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mausoleum 129 Muir Street, Hamilton ML3 6BJ