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Glasgow: Private Historical Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: scotlandtouring

Glasgow: Private Historical Walking Tour

Activity provider: scotlandtouring
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From US$ 16.12 per person

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Uncover the past walking around Glasgow. Learn about the history of George Square and Merchant City and tour the Glasgow Cathedral, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Police Museum.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • The Glasgow story in the Magnificent Architecture of George Square
  • Explore the hidden alleys and lanes of the Merchant city.
  • Discover Glasgow's original Medieval city centre
Full description

Step into the past on a walking tour of Glasgow. Find out about the history of the city as you stroll through George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, the collections in the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Police Museum.

Meet your guide at George Square and admire the Victorian architecture of the City Chambers, the Merchants' House, and the headquarters of the Glasgow City Council. Discuss how this square is named after an English King with your local guide. 

Discover Glasgow's early Christian and Roman heritage and learn how the ancient tribes influenced the city. Walk to the modern commercial district and see where commercial Capitalism took root and where socialism and the British Labor party began.

Continue to the shopping street and find the homes and palaces of the original trading Barons. Hear about who once made and lost fortunes and how the American War of Independence may have been set alight by Glaswegians.

See more of this vibrant city as you visit the imposing Glasgow Cathedral, the collections in the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Police Museum. Explore the influence of Irish Immigrants on the city's growth. Finish your tour at the Glasgow Cross where public executions used to take place. 

  • Guide
  • Entrance to the Cathedral
  • Entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art
  • Entrance to the the Police Museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide between the lions in George Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • This walking tour takes place on flat terrain
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

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Ian was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable about Glasgow's past and present. I truly enjoyed his telling of the history of the Scottish kilt which he also wore. He has a theater background which helped to make sure that everyone could hear him. We were a group of at least 15 people. 2 hrs on this walking tour was not enough. The time went quickly as we were all engrossed in the information that he provided. I strongly recommend this tour as you explore this beautiful city. It's a great intro and you can't beat the price.

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September 24, 2022

This was fantastic. Easy to find meeting spot. Guide was theatrical, loud, and clear (no microphone necessary). He was extremely knowledgeable and appropriately paced. Dressed in a kilt and a native to the area, he had the scoop and a fantastic way of telling Glasgow’s story. At the end of the tour, he was able to recommend an authentic pub-The Pipers Pub- for our fish & chips lunch and a draft of ale. Great way to start our day. Thank you again!

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September 4, 2022

this is a fabulous tour. The guide Ian was spectacular. Full of fascinating facts, well read, a pleasure to listen to and follow. Not only a guide but an actor that captivated you firvthe whole tour. Don't miss out. Also amazing value. Thank you Ian, if only they where all like you.....but your a star.

March 14, 2022

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