Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley


Classical elegance and architectural tricks distinguish Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic creation
Conservation work in progress at Holmwood house
  • Discover the richly embellished architecture of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.

  • Admire impressively detailed interior designs.

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

  • Keep an eye out for our Holmwood unveiled tours and learn about how the National Trust for Scotland is protecting Holmwood for generations to come.

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About this place

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

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson designed the house for paper magnate James Couper and his wife in 1857–8, and it’s 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 found throughout Holmwood, where the bold opulent decoration echoes the colours seen in ancient Greek temples.

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

Discover more about ‘Greek’ Thomson in our new imagination gallery; warm up with a cup of tea in our dog-friendly café; or explore the riverside walk beside the White Cart Water.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Bronze

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