Glasgow Walking Tour
On this half day walking tour of Glasgow and its Merchant City discover the history of Glasgow.
From its early beginnings to its emergence as a major trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, the history is rich and colourful. The Industrial Age brought Glasgow wealth in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn also of its post-industrial renaissance in the late 20th century when it was European City of Culture.
En-route we will see some of the landmarks associated with this fascinating story.
There is so much to see in a walking tour of Glasgow you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you are a fan of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, interested in our wonderful city centre architecture, or want to see how Glasgow has reinvented itself over the years, our guides will put together a tour just for you!
The most popular tours start in the oldest part of Glasgow, home to the Cathedral, the Necropolis and the oldest surviving house, and where Glasgow’s history really begins.
Learn about the city’s patron saint, St Mungo, and how Glasgow grew as an important religious and trading centre before becoming the biggest ship-building city in the world and Scotland’s industrial power-house during the 18th and 19th centuries.
As you make your way to George Square in the city centre, you will pass some of our famous murals and walk through the Merchant City, a chance both to admire the magnificent buildings erected by the merchants and to see the modern transformations that have taken place in recent years.
For a longer walk a detour to Glasgow Green takes you to the city’s oldest public space, where you can see the famous Doulton fountain, find out why there’s a building with a façade like that of the Doge’s Palace in Venice and learn about the People’s Palace, a fascinating museum of ordinary life in Glasgow from the 1700s onwards.
George Square is dominated by the magnificent City Chambers (town hall), a result of the wealth and power of Glasgow in the 19th century. Throughout its history, the square has seen demonstrations, rallies, celebrations, concerts, markets, and much more. From here, you can explore the most popular shopping area outside of London, pop into a local bar for some traditional food and maybe a live band or continue your tour.
Want to see more? Still in the city centre, you can follow a Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail, explore Georgian Glasgow or focus on magnificent architecture. Or… take a walk alongside the river to the Scottish Events Campus to see what has happened to the former shipyards and docks, climb aboard a sailing ship, and hear how “the Clyde made Glasgow and Glasgow made the Clyde”.
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