The Sixty Steps - from below
The Sixty Steps - from above
The Sixty Steps - top lamp
The Sixty Steps - side view from below
The Sixty Steps - from above
The Sixty Steps - top steps and dog walker
The Sixty Steps - columns


The Sixty Steps are a much-loved feature of Glasgow's West End. The steps which connect Kelvinside Terrace to Queen Margaret Road were designed by Alexander "Greek" Thomson in the 1870s to provide access to the original Queen Margaret Bridge. The bridge across the River Kelvin has since been demolished, and the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps are currently in need of restoration.

Our Aims

The Trust's ultimate objectives are to preserve and restore the steps and gardens for continued public use and enjoyment. Also to refurbish and repair the wall, steps and embellishments as well as to replace the railings and lights.

Latest News

September 2017

Sixty Steps wall repair works

Work to repair the wall beneath the Belle Vue and to install new drainage has been completed. The concrete blocks on Queen Margaret Road have been removed. Work has started on a small garden area behind the Belle Vue.

Doors Open Weekend Sat 16th/Sun 17th September

The Sixty Steps Preservation Trust is taking part in this year's Door Open celebration. Come and see the restored wall and the new garden with its wonderful view over the River Kelvin.

April 2017

Sixty Steps wall repair works

Work to repair the section of the Sixty Steps wall below the belle-vue will start on Monday 3 April 2017. This will involve road closures, the removal of up to three trees and some tree pruning. The contractor Covanburn plans to work 7am-3pm with no Sunday working and the pedestrian footpath will remain open. Vehicle access for deliveries can be arranged through the site office. When the works are completed, the concrete blocks on Queen Margaret Road can be removed. Further info in the PDF below.

PDF documentSixty Steps - Community Update April 2017
(click the PDF icon, then print or save to your desktop)

January 2017

Meeting on Tuesday 24th January at 7.30pm in Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, 62 Belmont Street.

Glasgow City Council will soon be installing drainage behind a central section of the Sixty Steps wall. At the same time – thanks to support from the Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces initiative, the Glasgow City Council Integrated Grant Fund and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership – the Sixty Steps Preservation Trust will be working with contractors to repair the stonework and railings surrounding the ‘belle-vue’ lookout point. We will also be preparing the groundwork to establish an area of landscaped garden.

Thomson Bicentary Events Calendar

A great website for Thomson fans - the Alexander Thomson Society has launched an events calendar for the bicentenary of Thomson's birth, taking place in 2017.


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How To Help

If you would like to become involved in restoring the Sixty Steps please get in touch via our contact page. You can also download and print membership and standing order donation forms from this site.

Further information about Greek Thomson as well as links to our supporters and partner organisations can be found on our links page.