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Historic Glasgow: The Beating Heart of Scotland!

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Iain
Registered on January 15, 2020

I was born and raised on the south side of the city. Always with an enquiring mind I was attracted to everything in the city centre: Who built this? What was that used for? Why was that street demolished? Why do I ask so many questions (haha)? Although I never studied history at school there was always something about the city's culture and it's people that seemed different from anywhere else. The areas of deprivation seemed almost more fascinating than the affluent parts of town and I just loved to wander around the streets looking for the everyday things that most people took for granted. I'm still nostalgic for the things that have long disappeared, from tramcars to steam trains, from gas lighting to pre-decimal money. But I love the new Glasgow too and am proud to belong to the city and to welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world. I am not a history teacher so my tours are not like lectures. Think of it as a great, relaxed walk round town with an old friend. Welcome to Glasgow.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Once at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution this is a 2.30 hours journey around a city with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the world. Learn how Glasgow grew from a tiny fishing village to become the second city of the British Empire. Hear how the merchants of the old town became wealthy via the lucrative tobacco trade, how it all went wrong....and how they bounced back again!

Follow the journey of the city as it grew into a handsome market town, became the shipbuilding capital of the world, descended into squalor during the industrial boom and eventually became a city of culture, heritage, arts and technology that it is today.

Fantastic bars, restaurants and the best shopping in the UK outside of London awaits you....and come evening the music and club scene is second to none.

You will see the iconic buildings and landmarks of the city centre including the imposing Central Station & Hotel, the River Clyde, Glasgow Green, St.Andrews in the Square Church, the Tolbooth and Tron Steeples, the Victorian Fish and Fruit Market buildings , the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral and adjacent Necropolis, the Gallery of Modern Art and the spectacular City Chambers building in the heart of the city at George Square.

Nothing is hidden, so you will see the good bits, the bad bits, the funny bits (me and my jokes) and even learn to speak a few phrases that you will only hear in Glasgow.

I look forward to meeting you really soon.....and remember, this is Scotland so do remember to bring both suntan lotion and a raincoat!!

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  • Meeting point:
    101 Hope St Glasgow G2 6LL UK
    101 Hope St Glasgow G2 6LL UK
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    Beside the Fireman Statue at the corner of Gordon St and Hope St. I will have a green canvas shoulder bag.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Marc... 16 Nov 2022
London
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
Excellent tour!! Lots of information about Glasgow!! Recommend it!!
Melodie 15 Nov 2022
Kirkliston
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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
This was a very fun and informative tour. Even though I have been living in Scotland since 2016, I still learned a lot of new information. Iain was a great tour guide.
Chris 11 Nov 2022
Lytham St Annes
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Ian was a great guide with a wealth of information about the city all delivered with an easy manner and good sense of humour. Would definitely recommend.
Joana 07 Nov 2022
Lisbon
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
Ian was there on time and was very nice. It was also knowledgeable about the city and some places that we went by, trying to connect with the group. The lenght of the tour and the group size were appropriate, I would have expected some more interesting stops, but I think that is the city's fault :) as it does not have much "touristic" sightseeing to do.
Marta 20 Oct 2022
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Travelled in group - Oct 2022
Great guy, lots of information and curious fact. Great sense of humour. On a grey, rainy, cold day he made me enjoy Glasglow and nearly forget the weather. Highly recommended.
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If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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