Summer Walking Tours

This summer the Gilded Age team are proud to announce a series of four walking tours, highlighting how Glasgow has developed from a medieval town to the second city of the empire.

Niall Murphy, GCHT Grants Officer and walking encyclopaedia (not to mention award winning tour guide!), will be taking us on 2 hour evening tours in May and June, tickets are a bargain at £10 per person. To book, just email, or phone us at 0141 552 1331.  Tours will start at 6pm sharp and will leave from the GCHT offices at 54 Bell Street in the Merchant City, and will finish at 8pm.  For more information about the tour topics, keep reading!


1.The Medieval City – from Glasgow Cross to the Cathedral, 31st May, 6pm-8pm    SOLD OUT

A walk through time along the High Street- the spine of the medieval city- from Glasgow Cross to Glasgow Cathedral.  The walk will take in such notable features as the Tolbooth, the site of the Old College, survivors such as the British Linen Bank and Provans Lordship, the impat of the Glasgow City Improvement Trust, the Barony Church and Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Royal Infirmary and Dispensary, the Martyrs School and St. Mungos RC in Townhead.  We’ll then head back to the Merchant City via the new developments on Cathedral Street.


2. The Enlightenment City – the 18th century city and Glasgow Green, 7th June, 6pm-8pm

Focused as a tour around the five churches of the Merchant City, this walk will examine how the area was reformed from the age of Scottish Enlightenment onwards.  The walk will take in the Tron and Tron Steeple, St Andrews in the Square, St Andrews by the Green, Glasgow Green and the Homes for the Future, the McLennan Arch, the High Court, St. Andrews Cathedral, the site of St. Enoch’s Station, the Briggait, Candleriggs, the Fruitmarket and the City Halls before concluding at the Ramshorn Theatre.


3. The Gilded City – the Victorian and Edwardian City, 21st June, 6pm-8pm

From the 1830s onwards, as the population rose and the rapidly industrialising city boomed, Glasgow was transformed.  This age gave rise to some of the city’s finest buildings and urban set pieces located along the gridded streets of the city centre.  Highlights include Royal Exchnage Square, the Ca’ D’oro, and Glasgow’s Central Station, one of the greatest Railway Stations in the UK, and the perhaps the best commercial work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.


4. The Tenement Renaissance City – the New Gorbals and Laurieston, 28th June, 6pm-8pm  

Though the tenement formed the matrix of the Victorian and Edwardian City, from WWI onwards it fell out of favour becoming a by-word for urban poverty.  However, since the 1980s there has been a significant shift in thinking about the tenement.  The tour will head south along Crown Street, taking in the ruins of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s Caledonia Road Church before heading back back north through the tenements of Laurieston, past the last surviving tenement in the Gorbals – James Salmon Jnr’s British Linen Bank, then passing the underrated Glasgow Sherrif Court by Keppie Henderson and Partners into Carlton Place to take in Laurieston House before heading back to Merchant City via the Portland Street Suspension Bridge.


What are you waiting for, grab a ticket while you can, our first walk has already sold out!

Walking Tour

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