Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture

St Andrew’s In The Square is Glasgow’s second oldest church and a beautiful Georgian building steeped in history.

In the later half of the 20th Century the building fell into disrepair, but it has now been fully restored to it’s former magnificence. The church boasts many superb architectural and design features, including the flat arch in the portico (the first of it’s kind built in Scotland), the sculpted ceiling work and stunning clock.

our past

The History of St Andrews in the square

Formerly the church of St Andrew’s in the Square in Glasgow’s East End, and last used as such in 1990, this building dates from 1754 and is widely regarded as one of the finest classical churches in Britain. It was designed by the architect Allan Dreghorn, based on James Gibbs’ famous St Martins-in-the-Fields in London, and built by the master mason Mungo Naismith. It was the city’s first totally new church since the Reformation.

After almost 240 years of continuous use as a church, the last service was held in June 1993 when the congregation merged and the building, which was described as one of the top six classical churches in the UK, was then considered to be at risk. Fearing that the maintenance of the category ‘A’ listed building would in time become too heavy a burden, the congregation offered the church to the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust for £1. In turn the Trust looked for a role for the building which would preserve its future through sympathetic use of its spacious interior and excellent natural acoustics. The Georgian houses around the square would be refurbished and extended in order to create a residential quarter with the new arts venue at its heart.

Open Day

Tuesdays from 11am to 1.30pm

Orgnanised by the Friends of SAINTS.

For further information, please contact Jenny Laurie on 0141 338 6822 or Alan Dalziel on 01355 234 407.

our present

The centre for scottish culture

Saint Andrew’s in the Square (SAINTS) has been sensitively transformed into an exciting new centre for performing arts and is widely considered to be an amazing achievement by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and its Architects.

Heavy Victorian accretions were stripped away to return the church to its 18th century lightness of spirit. The existing floor of the church was excavated and a new undercroft created to provide space for a café bar, dressing rooms and toilets. This arrangement allows the integrity of the 18th century classical temple to be retained while it permits its functional use as a 21st century venue.

St Andrew’s Square is a model of new urbanistic practice and theory. The church has acted as a catalyst for local repairs and improvements within the city fabric of East Glasgow. Both the conservation of the church as an individual building and the square, as part of the city, are the successful result of an intricately planned co-ordination between many bodies such as designers, heritage institutions, users’ groups or developers.

The completed Center for Traditional Scottish Music, Song and Dance was opened to the public on St Andrew’s Day, 30th November 2000 and is now a thriving focus of activity in its new role as a performance venue.

become a friend of St Andrew’s In The Square

If you enjoy visiting beautiful historic buildings and can spare a few hours a week, please consider becoming a volunteer guide at St Andrew’s in the Square.

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saints weddings

the perfect venue for your perfect day

When you choose to celebrate your wedding at St Andrew’s in the Square you are choosing a truly breathtaking Grade A listed venue.

We fully understand how important your wedding day is and you can rest assured that we will make this the most memorable day of your life. Our dedicated wedding co-ordinator will work with you every step of the way, sharing what we have learned form years of experience to tailor the special day you have always dreamed of.

With packages to suit all tastes and budgets, St Andrew’s in the Square is the perfect choice for a wedding day that you will never forget.

planning an event?

banqueting & corporate events

St Andrew’s In the Square can accomodate a wide range of Corporate, Public and Private events whether they are formal dinners, awards ceremonies, retirement or anniversary parties.

This incredible building is also available to hire and is the perfect venue for conferences, AGMs, exhibitions, or other events you may be planning throughout the year. The hall can accomodate from 50 to 250 guests, depending on your requirements.

For corporate catering packages, please download our brochure or for further information contact Karen Dunn at admin@standrewsinthesquare.com.

glasgow's grandest traditional music & culture venue

concerts & Ceilidhs

We are a proud host of Celtic Connections every year with around ten to twelve concerts in our venue during the festival. Kings Park Brass, Glasgow Philharmonic Concerts, Glasgow Strathclyde Students, Glasgow University, Musical Co-Operative Scotland are only a few organisations that have performed in this magnificient venue.

Fallen Angels run a series of concerts throughout the year including during the Americana festival in October.

Saint Andrew’s In the Square also work along side the Merchant City Festival and Glasgow Film Festival.

Throughout the year, SAINTS plays host to many traditional Ceilidhs, and our Legendary Hogmanay Ceilidh is NOT to be missed.

For information on all future events, please follow us on Facebook.

Weekly Dance Classes

Wednesdays, from 7.15pm

Most Wednesdays St Andrew’s in the Square hosts Ceilidh & Old Time Dance classes in the main hall. All Welcome.

Please contact Tricia Matthews on 01324 716855 for more information.

the finest food in glasgow

cafe source: the hidden gem of the merchant city

Since 2000, Cafe Source has been recognised as one of Glasgow’s best Scottish restaurants. Located in the basement of the restored St Andrew’s in the Square church, Cafe Source provides the perfect casual dining experience for any occasion.

Showcasing Scotland’s finest ingredients, all sourced from top local suppliers, in delicious and satisfying dishes. Cafe Source’s A la Carte menu features modern twists on traditional Scottish classics alongside brasserie-inspired cuisine.

With a range of daily specials and offering great value lunch and pre-theatre menus Cafe Source is the perfect venue for a full meal, a quick business lunch, or even just a summertime drink on their outside patio.