Glasgow Walking Tour

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Basic Information
Total time
2 hours
English (check the booking calendar for availability)
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
George Square (between the lions)Go to map
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Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and once known as the “Second City of the Empire,” has a rich and complex history that dates back centuries. Its rapid industrial growth during the 19th century, fueled by shipbuilding and trade, made it one of the most prosperous cities in the British Empire. However, the decline of these industries in the 20th century, the closure of coal mines, and the policies of Margaret Thatcher’s government brought economic hardships and social challenges that have shaped the city’s modern identity. It was shaped as well by the competition between two groups, the Catholics and the Protestants, which is still evident today through the intense competition between the two football teams, the Catholic Celtic and the Protestant Rangers. Their rivalry, known as the Old Firm, has left a lasting impact on the city’s culture and identity. Another unique aspect of Glasgow is its distinctive local accent, known as Glaswegian. You’ll experience its charm firsthand when you hear our local guide sharing stories and insights during the tour.

Discover how the city rose to prominence and the dark secrets that lie beneath its surface. From tales of crime and punishment to the impact of political decisions, uncover the stories that have left their mark on Glasgow’s heart. The tour begins in George Square, a bustling city center steeped in history. Marvel at the stunning architecture that surrounds you, including the Glasgow City Chambers, a symbol of the city’s Victorian prosperity. Stroll down Buchanan Street, one of the city’s main shopping thoroughfares, and admire the Duke of Wellington statue, famous for its traffic cone hat – a symbol of Glasgow’s sense of humor. Continue your journey to the Tobacco Merchant’s House, a fascinating reminder of the city’s former trading prowess. As you explore these iconic locations, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for Glasgow’s complex history and the events that have shaped its narrative.

From the city’s rise as a powerful center of industry to its recent struggles, this walking tour offers a unique insight into Glasgow’s past and present. As you uncover the hidden stories and significant figures that have defined the city’s history, you’ll be left with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for this captivating city.

During this 2 hours tour you will see and discover:

  • George Square

  • Glasgow City Chambers

  • Buchanan Street

  • Duke of Wellington Statue

  • Tobacco Merchant’s House

  • Glasgow Cross

  • Glasgow Cathedral

Meeting Point
George Square (between the lions)

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 5 people on them. If you travel in a party of 76or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

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