Abandoned Gartloch Insane Asylum, Glasgow

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Victorian-era lunatic asylums were typically foreboding structures. But Gartloch Hospital in Glasgow took this to the extreme and looks like the setting of a Gothic horror movie. While some wings of the abandoned hospital have been converted into luxury apartments, the main administration building, complete with twin towers that bear an uncanny resemblance to Sauron’s helmet, remains derelict. In this article, we take a look within the crumbling walls of the former Glasgow asylum.


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Gartloch Mental Hospital opened in 1896 in the small village of Gartloch, on the eastern edge of the city of Glasgow in Scotland. Designed by architects Thomson & Sandilands, the now abandoned insane asylum reached 830 beds at its peak in 1904. It also served as a tuberculosis sanatorium from 1902 until the end of the Second World War.

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Shortly before its closure in 1996, the French Renaissance and Scottish Baronial structure was used during the BBC TV series Takin’ Over the Asylum, about a hospital radio station.



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Gartloch closed as a hospital in 1996 and its looming, Category A listed administration block has become the domain of local urban explorers. To learn more, check out this excellent article by the Urban Abandonment Projekt.

Keep reading – explore 6 Creepy Abandoned Hospitals and Insane Asylums

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