Walking tour. Mostly easy difficulty, some uphill towards cathedral.
Group size: Up to 25 guests per guide.
No tickets to venues required
All routes are wheelchair accessible
Half Day Walking Tour of Glasgow
On this walking tour of the Merchant city discover the history of Glasgow from its early beginnings as a small provincial town to its emergence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a major trading port through to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when it was a major industrial powerhouse and learn of its post-industrial renaissance in the late twentieth century when it was European City of Culture through to the present day. En-route we will see some of the landmarks associated with this fascinating story.
Meet in George Square;
- Introduction to city and buildings associated with 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. Access may also be restricted due to civic functions)
- 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 then 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. Dating to 1805 this is the second hospital, the first having stood further south on Trongate and originally built by two philanthropic brothers Thomas and George Hutcheson.
- Candleriggs ; 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.
- 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. Learn about this Victorian scandal.
- Babbity Bowster pub by James Adam 1792.
- High Street & Glasgow X with Tolbooth Steeple 1625 & Mercat X.
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.
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Optional Venue Visits
All are free of charge.
Guide Rates for This Tour
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|Guide Service||Average Rates|
|English Half Day||£135 – £155|
|Language Half Day||£165 – £190|
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