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Glasgow Highlights Tour

Glasgow at its best
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  • 3 Hours
  • Private Tour
  • Perfect for children
  • Fun quiz available

Join us for this private half day tour of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city. Let your professional Blue Badge Guide lead you through the best of Glasgow, see how the city changed from an industrial hub to a cultural centre of the North. Together we’ll explore the city’s famous places, such as the Necropolis, St Mungo’s Cathedral, George Square and of course the world famous Duke of Wellington statue, complete with his traffic cone! This tour is a fantastic taster of what Glasgow has to offer for both tourists and locals alike.

Glasgow Cathedral

Welcome to this beautiful Kirk. Don’t be puzzled by this word, as you can probably guess, Kirk is another word for a church. More than a Church in fact, a Cathedral dedicated to the patron of the city, St Mungo. This is the oldest building in the city, as well as the oldest Cathedral in mainland Scotland, let your guide point out the many hidden treasures.

Glasgow Necropolis

Over 50 thousand people are buried here at Glasgow Necropolis. The cemetery was established in the 19th century as the result of a new law, which allowed to burials to be performed for profit. Most graves are unmarked as was common practise, however it also home to some stunning tombs, monuments and mausoleums some belonging to famous names.

Royal infirmary

Originally built in the late 1700’s with around 100 beds, the Royal has grown to into one of Scotlands largest teaching hospitals with space for around 1000 patients.  Over the years some extraordinary people have worked here, paving the way for modern medicine, let your guide introduce you to a few.

Provands Lordship

Now we’re transported back in time to the 15th century,  this “auld hoose” is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow.  It is believed to have been built for the master of the nearby hospital, today it houses a fantastic museum. Step inside and imagine what life was like over 500 hundred years ago.

Education Quarter

Making our way west towards the city centre leads us into Glasgow’s learning quarter, home to several of the cities colleges and universities.  With students making up around 20% of Glasgows residents its hard not to notice their influence on the city, you don’t have to look far to see the many bars, restaurants and venues that cater to students.  The city is not just centred on nightlife though.  Glasgow was City of culture in 1990 thanks to its many museums, galleries and live events.  30 years later that trend continues, the European Commission recognised it as the cultural and creative capital of the UK.

Merchant City

As the name suggests this area used to be the cities trading hub, tobacco, sugar and tea were popular commodities in the 18th century.  Scattered amongst the warehouses for goods were some fantastic grand houses, owned by the Merchant Lords.  Today you can still find many of these impressive buildings but now they host shops, restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

Gallery of Modern art

Next we approach one of the most iconic sights in Glasgow, its hard to imagine the Duke of Wellington without a traffic cone on his head now!  For many years the council removed the cone, only to find another one in place the following day.  The 18th Century Neoclassical building hiding behind Wellington and his cone, is the gallery of modern art.   Home to contemporary pieces from artists such as David Hockney and Andy Warhol, the gallery also many temporary exhibits.

George Square

Named after George III, this is the main square in the city. Lets walk around and admire some of the statues, from Queen Victoria, to Scotland’s own famous poet Robert Burns. The square has played host to many events over the years from commonwealth games medal ceremonies and political protests to the set for Hollywood movies.

Buchanan street

This is the one of the main shopping streets in Glasgow and ranks as the sixth most expensive street for property rental in the UK.  Named after Andrew Buchanan, one of the Tobacco Lords, who operated from the Merchant City. Glasgow was recently named the UK’s second best shopping destination, with the variety on offer before you it’s not hard to see why!

Central Station Hotel

Built in the late 19th century, this was once one of Glasgow’s most prestigious hotels, hosting guests such as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra.  In 1927 a new world record was set as John Logie Baird transmitted Television pictures from London, some 438 miles (705km) away, to the Central Hotel.

Glasgow green

As we come towards the end of our tour, we reach the oldest park in the city. Today we would expect to meet dog walkers, runners or maybe see children playing. In the past if we’d have faced a very different sight, a swampy area used for grazing animals, drying fishing nets or bleaching linen.  Over the years the green has been saved, by public vote, from several attempts to mine coal under its surface.  Finally in 2014, as part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, the future of the space was safeguarded for public recreation.

Glasgow Tour Highlights

  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Glasgow Necropolis
  • Royal Infirmary
  • Provand's Lordship
  • Merchant City

Pricing

The price for your group is £343

Departure Point

Grand central Hotel

99 Gordon St, Glasgow G2 6QB, UK

 

Departure Time

Mon – Sun 9:00am, 2:00pm

Directions

Your Guide will meet you outside at the entrance of Grand Central Hotel, next to the Firefighter statue. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer name.

Why should you book a tour with our Blue Badge Guides?

  • All of our Guides are Blue Badge holders, this is Britain’s highest professional tourist-guiding qualification, they are the only external guides able to show you around the most famous attractions.
  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
  • Your time on holiday is precious, let our expert team make it memorable for all the right reasons
  • We pride ourselves on being able to tailor tours to your interest, our guides strive to bring your tour to life, making it enjoyable for all ages

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sknipfel
sknipfel
2020-01-04
Fantastic! Marina was superb. I took this tour with my husband and three sons (20,18.17). Loved that we had a small group and could ask questions. Note this tours doesn't include skip the line tickets. We ended up seeing the crown jewels at the end of the day to avoid the ridiculously long line.
kimberlyk615G
kimberlyk615G
2020-01-03
Best Tour of London Tower Denisa gave us an amazing tour of London Tower. She was knowledgeable and provided a wonderfully historical tour, holding the attention of a 14 and 15 year old. Denisa is top notch. Try and secure her when you book any tour! Loved hearing about the history of the ravens and, of course, the palace intrigue.
shannonsmoyer
shannonsmoyer
2019-07-24
Great Tour! Sarah was amazing and gave us a great introduction to York! We only had a few days to spend there and this was a wonderful way to make a list of the places we wanted to visit. Highly recommend!
E C
E C
2019-07-07
Private tour Our tour guide Marina was wonderful! She did a great job keeping our 13 year olds engaged the whole time. We all learned a lot and had a great afternoon!
C C
C C
2019-03-31
Wonderful Tour! Kids learned so much! I have never had a tour in a museum before, but wow. I will definitely do it again! Our guide explained the history and folklore behind the paintings. It was like a friend taking you to her favorite places. Our children age 9 and 11 were able to remember what paintings we saw and why they were important. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
gigibites
gigibites
2019-03-31
LOVE Denisa! We had a group with 6 kids and she was absolutely incredible! Very informative and extremely engaging with the children! We did a trip to Paris with a “children specialist” tour and she was just as good if not better!! It felt like we were hanging out with a local friend from the first minute we met her. We recommend her highly and we hope to book again with her in the future!
87joyk
87joyk
2019-03-27
Private walking tour of London and private tour of Tower of London Our family of four took two tours on two different days with Denisa. We took a walking tour of London as well as a tour of the Tower of London. We found her to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had a wealth of information about everything that she showed us. She even knew smal details like the names of the ravens at the Tower! We would highly recommend any tour with Denisa!
M G
M G
2016-08-08
Wonderful walk around... We had a great day with Denisa - we are a family with two relatively small children and we saw a lot of this wonderful city (Westminster, St. Pauls, Tower etc.). Everything was well prepared and with all this specific knowledge it is much easier to get around - very quick and to the point. Denisa knows a lot of the background and she made it very targeted to the kids. She gave us a few great tips on restaurants and other things to see by ourselves. Very recommendable !
Romingscots
Romingscots
2016-08-01
Brilliant London Visit Living at the other end of the country we don't visit too often, or know London very well, but Denisa made lots of very useful and practical suggestions and made sure that we fitted in everything that we were looking for. Her knowledge of the City is excellent, whether it is of the tourist haunts, the historical areas or shopping and eating. She even helped direct us to a great area to stay when visiting the City, which was handy for everything we wanted to do. On top of all that the 2 hour tour we did with her showed us St Paul's and beyond, including the Tower, an area we hadn't really seen before. Lots of information and a good pace with a friendly and very flexible approach. We would not hesitate in recommending her for anyone else visiting London, whether they think they know where they would like to go, or have no idea and we will be booking Denisa again for future visits. First class.
chrism12345342
chrism12345342
2016-08-01
Tour of London I booked a tour with Denisa for my partner and I on a short trip to London. It is clear that she really knows a lot about many different historical and cultural aspects of the city. We spent 2 hours in the National Gallery looking at a number of paintings and were given a comprehensive tour of the highlights. Denisa also gave us a walking tour round some of the sights of the city. She was more than happy to adapt her tour to our interests and the small amount of time we had. Would highly recommend her for your trip to London.