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Restoration and preservation work at Provand's Lordship
Essential repair and preservation work has been ongoing at Provand’s Lordship, known as the oldest house in Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council has invested £1.6 million in work to better preserve the fabric of the building and return it to an authentic 15th century appearance, including the application of a new lime harling render.
When work commenced in summer 2022 it was expected to take approximately one year to complete. During the project, additional essential work was identified, which has required more time.
Provand’s Lordship is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2024. We'll share more information on plans for reopening nearer the time.
Get more detail on the work that's underway from the original news story published when the building closed in 2022:
Provand’s Lordship was built in 1471. It is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow. The house is furnished with a fine selection of 17th-century historic furniture and royal portraits.
A visit to Provand's Lordship, offers an opportunity to step back into medieval Glasgow.
Behind the building sits the St Nicholas Garden, a herb garden which is an oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.
Exhibits are not be audio described. There is no hearing assistance system.
If you use British Sign Language, you can watch a British Sign Language introduction to Provand's Lordship.
Cafe or restaurant
There is an outdoor picnic area and a cafe across the road at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Pay and display parking and free disabled parking is available in the car park on Castle Street.
Photography and video recording
At times, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.
Use Traveline Scotland to plan your trip
The nearest local train station is High Street.
First Bus services 19, 19A, 38, 57 and 57A all stop near the house.
The house is located in the city centre, a short walk from Buchanan Street and Argyle Street. It is opposite St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and Glasgow Cathedral.
At Provand's Lordship you can step back into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Provand's Lordship has been extensively restored to give a real flavour of life in medieval Glasgow. This film aims to give you a flavour of this unique building and its contents.
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There is a page for each of our 9 museums. You will find activities, suggestions of family-friendly displays to explore, and ideas for what else there is to see and do nearby.
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Have fun and don’t forget to collect your sticker from reception!