Glasgow Tours and Trails
City Centre Mural Trail
In Glasgow city centre, there are huge pieces of art adorning some of the city’s buildings which form the City Centre Mural Trail. Discover where you can find these vibrant splashes of colour. Follow the trail for free around the city.
Contemporary Art Walking Trail
Glasgow’s contemporary art scene shows Glasgow at its edgy and energetic finest, with some of the city’s best pieces of art found in the city’s streets. Check out this walkable trail of 14 public artworks, designed by Scottish and global artists.
Glasgow Central Station Tour
Glasgow Central Station, the busiest station in Scotland, was opened by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 on the north bank of the River Clyde. On the Glasgow Central Tour you will be given an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Glasgow Central Station. You will walk in subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow’s streets, visit railway vaults that drove Glasgow’s industrial expansion to become ‘The Second City of The British Empire’, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station
£13 per person. Book in advance as it books up quickly
If you’re keen to find out exactly why Glasgow was named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music in 2008, the team at Glasgow Music City Tours will give you the lowdown. Each walking tour lasts around two hours and in that time, you’ll see some of the city’s best venues, hear stories about key figures past and present and learn more about the many events, festivals and organisations that make Glasgow what it is year-round. You’ll visit places like King Tut’s, the Royal Concert Hall, the Barrowland Ballroom and much more.
Dance your way through the city with Silent Disco Adventure, who offer a 60-minute roaming tour with tunes provided via headsets. Check out the Silent Adventures website for details.
Learn all about Glasgow’s brewing history with a guided tour. Start off at Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery – home to one of Scotland’s most loved brands – and enjoy a tour and tasting experience at the world-famous brewery. Check out the Tennent’s Tours website to book.
Right next door you’ll find Drygate, the UK’s first experiential brewery where you can see the brewers work their magic as you enjoy a pint. The informal tour will take you behind the scenes and includes a guided tasting of four of the brewery’s fantastic beers. Visit drygate.com to find out more.
Complete your Glasgow brewery adventure with a tour of West Brewery. Their beer has ‘Glaswegian heart’ and a ‘German head’ with all beers brewed under the German Purity Law of 1516. Visit westbeer.com to book.
Whisky enthusiasts, as well as those new to the warming spirit, will find plenty to love at the Clydeside Distillery. Located right next to the River Clyde, visit theclydeside.com to check out the range of tours on offer.
Slightly further afield but within a reasonable distance of the city, the stunning Glengoyne and Auchentoshan distilleries offer a varied range of fantastic tours. Check out glengoyne.com and auchentoshan.com to find out more.
If rum is more your thing, then head to westerdistillery.com to book a tour of this independent micro-distillery in Glasgow’s west end.
You are sure of a warm welcome with the friendly guides at Walking Tours in Glasgow. From street art to Mackintosh and the city centre to bespoke tours, they have many options to choose from on the Walking Tours in Glasgow website.
Enjoy exploring the city at your own pace with an audio walking tour by Walking Heads. Visit the Walking Heads website and choose from tour topics like music or architecture.
Step aboard the City Sightseeing Bus Tour to visit some of Glasgow’s most popular attractions. The complete tour takes 90 minutes and you can hop on and off as often as you like at any of the stops on the route. Visit the City Sightseeing Glasgow website to book.
Red Bus Bistro’s vintage Routemaster bus tour offers something special. Enjoy dining onboard and indulge in afternoon tea, Italian antipasti, or pizza and Prosecco, as you tour around some of Glasgow’s top sights. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and can be booked on the Red Bus Bistro website.
Discover the beauty of Glasgow’s architecture:
- University of Glasgow: the iconic grounds of the University of Glasgow campus in the west end are beautiful to explore. Visit the University of Glasgow website to take a self-guided tour and discover Glasgow’s very own Hogwarts!
- House for an Art Lover: explore the beauty and architectural details of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover at your own pace with your very own audio headset guide. Find out more at houseforanartlover.co.uk.
- Mackintosh at the Willow: taking place every day at 10am and 11am, enjoy a guided tour of the beautifully restored Mackintosh at the Willow tearooms – another Charles Rennie Mackintosh gem in the city. And why not stay for a tasty treat afterwards? Visit mackintoshatthewillow.com to book.