Places to visit



A classically inspired villa of outstanding artistic importance

  • Discover the richly embellished architecture of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. 

  • Admire impressively detailed interior designs.  

  • Wander around the attractive riverside grounds and Victorian kitchen garden. 

  • Find out about the fascinating conservation work taking place at the house.

Holmwood is a family home like no other in Glasgow. Located in the Southside of the city, it is masterfully designed but surprisingly cosy; there is grand imagination behind it.

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson designed the house for paper magnate James Couper and his wife in 1857–8 – it is widely regarded as this Scottish architect’s finest domestic creation. His stunning design legacy impresses at every turn.  

Thomson’s penchant for Grecian styling and symmetry is evidenced throughout Holmwood, where the bold opulent decoration echoes the colours found in ancient Greek temples. 

The house is part of an ongoing conservation project and there is always something new for visitors to see.