About

Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.

Founders:

  • Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE
  • Lady Ivory, DL
  • Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

The Great Highland Bagpipe, perhaps the best known of Scotland’s musical instruments and an ambassador for Scotland throughout the world, is accorded new prominence by the founding of The National Piping Centre. We serve as a national and international centre of excellence for the instrument and its music.

Close to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we incorporate a school with rehearsal rooms and an Auditorium. We also house the Museum of Piping, a reference library, as well as conference facilities, hotel and restaurant.

The National Piping Centre provides facilities of the very highest quality for both the piping and non-piping fraternity. Visitors and regulars, from both home and abroad, will equally enjoy the experience, whether they come for study, performance, or pleasure.

Discover more about the history of the building.

Directions

The National Piping Centre is located at the Northern end of Hope St. and occupies an elegantly refurbished church building (LINK) in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow.

If heading west on the M8, exit the motorway at exit 16 and take an immediate left onto Canal St. Continue direct onto Milton St. until the street dead ends. Turn left onto Maitland St. follow the road round to the left onto McPahter St. The National Piping Centre is on the left.

If heading east on the M8, exit the motorway at exit 19 onto Bothwell St. Turn left onto Hope St. until it dead ends. Turn right onto Cowcaddens Rd and take the next left onto Port Dundas Rd. Take the second left onto Milton St. and continue on until it dead ends. Turn left onto Maitland St. and follow the road round to the left onto McPhater St. The National Piping Centre is on the left.

If travelling by subway, disembark at the Cowcaddens station. Exit the station and turn right. Follow the pavement for about 150m until you see The National Piping Centre on the left.

If travelling by train to Glasgow Central Station, form the main station exit turn left onto Hope St., turn right and walk north until Hope St. terminates in front of The National Piping Centre.

If you are arriving at Queen St. Station, from the main George Square exit turn right and walk along West George Street and at the junction of Hope St. turn right and proceed to the top of Hope St. until it terminates in front of The National Piping Centre.

Information for fares and travel times to Glasgow can be found at the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s website:

http://www.spt.co.uk

Parking

There are three car parks within a five minutes walk to The National Piping Centre. The Cambridge Street Car Park is located on the corner of Cambridge St. and Cowcaddens Rd. A second car park is located directly adjacent to The National Piping Centre on Dunblane St. and the third is beside Buchanan Bus Station and can be entered off Cowcaddens Road opposite Caledonian University.

Hours of Operation

  • Shop
    Open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm, Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 12pm and on closed Sunday.
  • Museum
    Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm and on Sunday closed.
  • Piping Tuition
    Available Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm and on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
  • Piper’s Tryst Restaurant
    Open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 9.30pm and Sunday closed.

Recycling

The National Piping Centre is been committed to recycling and reducing landfill waste. Our approach to recycling has been developed on principles of economic and environmental sustainability.

We recycle our Printer Cartridges