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    Visit The National Piping Centre

    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, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

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. 

Festive Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year 2018 / 2019 

The Piping School  
There will be no tuition available from Monday 24th December - Monday 7th January

The Pipers' Tryst 
Sunday 23rd December: 8am - 10.30pm
Christmas Eve - Closed
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Thursday 27th Dec - 12pm to 10pm
Friday 28th Dec - 8am to 10pm
Saturday 29th Dec - 8am to 10pm
Sunday 30th Dec - 8am to 10pm
Monday 31st Dec - 8am to 00.30am
Tuesday 1st January - Closed
Wednesday 2nd January - Closed
Thursday 3rd January - Closed
Friday 4th January -  12pm - 10pm 

The Bagpipe Shop and Otago Street 
Christmas Eve - 9 - 1pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Thursday 27th Dec - 9 - 5pm
Friday 28th Dec - 9 - 5pm
Saturday 29th Dec - 9 - 3pm
Monday 31st Dec - 9 - 1pm
Tuesday 1st January - Closed
Wednesday 2nd January - Closed
Thursday 3rd January - The Bagpipe Shop is Closed at McPhater Street, but Otago Street is Open
Friday 4th January -  9 - 5pm
Saturday 5th January - 9 - 3pm

Regular Hours
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 

 

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.  

 

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, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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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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