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    Visit to learn more about our work, the history of the bagpipes, and to try them yourself.

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA.    Read More

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Library

The National Piping Centre Library holds a large collection of printed books, manuscripts and sound relating to the Great Highland Bagpipe. As well as music, the Library also holds books related to the history and culture of the bagpipe, in Scotland and further afield.

A wide range of recorded music is available in the Library in different formats, including CD, vinyl and cassette. This is complemented by appropriate equipment to allow this material to be played, and recorded within copyright regulations.

The Librarian can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Library catalogue (please note, this is not yet complete) can be accessed at:

https://npc-ind.phoebe.opalsinfo.net/bin/search/searchPage

 

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Directions & Opening Hours

Opening Hours 

The National Piping Centre houses The Pipers' Tryst Restaurant with Rooms, The Bagpipe Shop and The Museum of Piping.

Below are the regular opening hours for these. However, from time to time we do host private functions, so please call in advance to check opening hours ahead of your visit. 

Shop & Museum

Monday - Thursday - 09.00 - 19.00
Friday : 09.00 - 17.00 
Sat: Winter (From beginning of October until end of March) 09.00 - 12.00 noon
Sun: CLOSED 

The Pipers' Tryst Restaurant 

Monday - Thursday 
Breakfast: 08.00 - 11.30
Lunch: 12.00 noon - 14.45 
Dinner: 17.00 - 20.30 

Friday & Saturday 
Breakfast: 08.00 - 11.30
Lunch: 12.00 noon - 14.45 
Dinner: 17.00 - 21.00 

Sunday: 
Breakfast: 08.00 - 10.00 

Hotel guests - breakfast each morning is from 08.00 - 10.00 

Otago Street 

Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00 
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Directions

There are many ways to reach the National Piping Centre as it is close to road, rail, bus and underground links.

Our address is: 

The National Piping Centre 
30-34 McPhater Street 
Glasgow 
G4 0HW 

 
Driving Directions to The National Piping Centre

If coming from Edinburgh or East along the M8

•    Take junction 16 off the M8
•    Turn left - signposted for George Square
•    Straight through all traffic lights until you come to a T-junction
•    Turn left onto McPhater Street

If coming from Glasgow International Airport or west along the M8

•    Keep to the left lane whilst coming across Kingston Bridge
•    Take junction 18 off the M8
•    Go straight through all traffic lights until you come to a T-junction
•    Turn left onto Hope Street (one way) - Follow until the end where you will come to a T-junction
•    Turn right onto Cowcaddens Road (sign posted for Buchanan Galleries) staying in the very left hand lane
•    At the first traffic lights take the slip road to the left Port Dundas Road
•    At the first traffic lights turn left onto Milton Street
•    At the end of this road (T-junction) turn left onto McPhater Street
•    Follow the road round, The National Piping Centre is on the left.

Plan your Journey 

Car Parking

Please note that there is no parking onsite. There is on-street parking in the area and several large car parks: Dundasvale, Cambridge Street and another at Concert Square - all within a few minutes’ walk. 

 

Public Transport 

By Rail 
We are situated near to both of Glasgow's main railway stations at Queen Street and Central Station. We are a 10 minute walk from each location. 

By Subway 
We are very close to Cowcaddens subway station, a 5 minute walk. This will give you easy access to and from the West End and Southside of the city. 

By Bus 
Our central location means we are a 6 minute walk from Glasgow's main bus depot, Buchanan Bus Station. Many other city centre bus routes come within close proximity of The National Piping Centre, even if they do not stop at the bus station. 

Accessibility 

We want all our guests to have the best stay possible. The building is accessible to guests with mobility issues via a lift on the side of the building. This gives access to the main floors within the building. Please call in advance to arrange lift access. There are also accessible toilets on all floors. As an historic building however, there is no lift facility available to our bedrooms, with a flight of shallow stairs.  For more information please read our access statement here.


Environmental Sustainability at The National Piping Centre 

The National Piping Centre is committed to reducing its waste footprint. Recent commitments have included encouraging re-use of towels in our hotel rooms, installations of more energy-efficient LED lights throughout the building, a zero food waste commitment in our restaurant, recycling of glass, cans, bottles, cardboard and paper across the building. Read our full envionmental sustainability policy here.  

 

Concerts

Book tickets online for events and concerts.

Please note: all Concession tickets are for over 65s, students, including NPC Gathering and CLASP weekend students, and under 16s.

Christmas Events

Festive Family Events for Christmas 2019 coming soon - please check back shortly 

Book tickets online for The National Piping Centre's Festive Family Christmas events.

Please note: concession tickets are for those aged over 65, with separate Child tickets. Please select the correct box for your booking. 

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Oona Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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