City of Glasgow Guided TourWritten by Administrator
(Half day tour)
Host City for 2014 Commonwealth Games
The Glasgow City Tour takes us from past to present and covers more than thirty points of interest. Glasgow was founded by St. Mungo in the 6th Century on the spot where Glasgow Cathedral now stands and where our tour begins.
From its humble beginnings, Glasgow reaped the wealth of the industrial revolution, evolving into one of the richest cities in the world. This heritage can still be seen in the architecture of the buildings, as we will see on our tour as we pass through the Merchant City.
From Glasgow Cross we move into the east end, the old medieval part of town and Glasgow Green, Britain’s oldest public place. Here we visit the People’s Palace and see the Victoria Fountain, the world’s largest terracotta fountain.
Travelling along the banks of the River Clyde we pass St Andrew’s Cathedral and through the new central business district. This area was formerly the site of the shipbuilding yards and has now been transformed into an entertainment and residential district. The results of this regeneration are shown in the modern design of the recently erected buildings such as The Glasgow Science Centre and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.
Our tour continues through the west end where we see the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the buildings of Glasgow University and the Botanic Gardens.
We head back to the city centre to Charing Cross and the Mitchell Library, the largest public reference library in Europe and recognizable by it distinctive copper dome. Next stop is the iconic Glasgow School of Art, designed in 1896 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
On into the city center, past the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and through the shopping areas of Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre. We continue into Royal Exchange Square and the Gallery of Modern Art and then George Square, site of Glasgow’s City Chambers, where we end our tour.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Guided Tour:
The Glasgow City Tour itinerary can be included in a one day Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour and visiting your choice of the following locations:
The Willow Tea Rooms, The Scotland Street School Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, House for an Art Lover, The Hill House (Helensburgh), The Lighthouse, The Glasgow School of Art. (guided tours through the school can be arranged).
From your hotel.
Cost £35.00 per hour.
Includes vehicle, driver, and guiding services.
(does not include entry to visitor attractions or ferry fares)
Tour provided by Go-Go Bus Tours