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.
Start the walking tour of Glasgow in George Square
- Millennium Hotel; only surviving example of original dwellings from early 19th century
- City Chambers; seat of city government opened by Queen Victoria 1888; see the magnificent entrance hall & marble staircase (Mon-Fri. only. Restricted access if civic functions are on)
- Merchant’s House & former GPO building
Move on to Queen Street where Gallery of Modern Art sits, once home of a wealthy tobacco merchant.
Miller Street boasts a fine example of a Georgian merchant’s house then through to; Virginia Street where you will see some more examples of Georgian Glasgow.
On Glassford Street stop to admire Robert Adam’s Trades Hall one of only two buildings in the city still used for the purpose for which it was built.
On to Hutcheson Street and the former Merchant’s House and sheriff court building. See Hutcheson’s Hospital forming a closed vista at the top of the street. This was Glasgow’s second hospital, the first hospital stood further south on Trongate. Hutcheson’s Hospital was built by two philanthropic brothers Thomas and George Hutcheson in 1805.
Candleriggs was originally where the candle makers plied there trade now site of the City Halls, dating from 1817. This was the first concert hall in the city built for public gatherings and musical performances. Nearby was the site of many of the city’s markets, including the fresh fruit and flower market, the cheese market and the charmingly-titled dead-meat market now converted to a shopping and restaurant complex called Merchant Square.
11:00 – Former St. David’s (Ramshorn) Kirk; here is the grave of Pierre Emile L’Angelier whose mysterious death led to one of Glasgow’s most famous murder trials.
11:15 – Babbity Bowster pub by James Adam 1792.
12:00 – High Street & Glasgow Cross with Tolbooth Steeple 1625 & Mercat Cross.
Suggested add on’s to the walking tour of Glasgow:
From here we can walk up High Street to visit the gothic cathedral and Provand’s lordship the oldest house in Glasgow dating from 1471 or head south to view St. Andrews in the Square built between 1739 and 1756 or see the mediaeval Tron steeple and R & J Adams Tron church now the Tron theatre.