GuruWalk Original
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The Dark and Secret Past of Glasgow Tour.

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Gordon
Quality Verified Registered on November 24, 2020

We are three local guides, Gordon, Ian and Marty. We all live in Glasgow Ian and Marty are professional actors Gordon is a local historian. Our tours are great fun and engaging. We are Glasgow’s top rated guides with about five hundred five star reviews.

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Tour description

A great tour of Glasgow with one of Scotland's leading tour guides. This is a tour of Glasgow city center but it is really an introduction to Scotland, its history and culture with Glasgow as the theme. Whether Gordon is reciting poetry in George Square or discovering Glasgow's obscure slave trade, this tour has it all. Glasgow's Victorian and Edwardian architecture is pretty grand, but it also had some of the world's worst slums and dwellings all within a few hundred yards of each other.
Learn how Glasgow went from a small medieval rural town to the 'Second City of the Empire' and within a hundred years, the Industrial Revolution began. We will explore the city center, admiring the buildings, using small alleys and secret alleys that you would never find on your own. Each building has a story, from murders to political unrest, and Gordon will explore it with you.
Ends at Glasgow Cross (place of execution) or Glasgow's Medieval Cathedral.
We will see each other soon :)

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    VQ62+C4Q Glasgow, UK
    VQ62+C4Q Glasgow, UK
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    We meet between the lions on George square at 10.15 and leave at 10.30

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    Outside visit
    george square

    George Square is one of Glasgow's most iconic and popular tourist destinations. Located in the heart of the city, the square is home to a number of impressive buildings and monuments, including the City Chambers and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The square is also a popular spot for events and festivals, and is often used for public demonstrations

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Buchanan Street

    Buchanan Street is one of Glasgow's main shopping streets. It is located in the city centre and runs from George Square to Argyle Street. The street is named after John Buchanan, a tobacco merchant and one of Glasgow's richest men in the 18th century. The street is home to a

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Duke of Wellington statue

    The world famous “Conehead”. Actually the Duke of Wellington outside the Gallery of Modern art. Which was once a tobacco Baron’s home!

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Tobacco Merchant's House

    The Tobacco Merchant's House on Miller Street in Glasgow! This beautiful 18th-century townhouse has been restored to its former glory and is now a museum dedicated to the history of Glasgow and the tobacco trade.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Tolbooth Steeple

    The old and Original town hall. Prison and place of execution.

  • 6
    Outside visit

    The site of the “Tron” and all that remains of the old arcade.

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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marian 23 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Really enjoyed walk with Luke depite the glasgow drizzle v good fun and a ‘ must ‘ do . Please always remember to donate at the end . A very easy gentle walk indeed
Irene 23 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
An excellent storyteller, he was covered both the serious and fun elements of Glasgow’s history
Rani 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
I don’t remember the name of our Guru. But he was teaching acting ☺️ He was very passionate about the subjects and was very informative
Leslie 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Very knowledgeable, entertaining, and genuine. Highly recommended!
Terri 20 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Well worth the time! Our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining. Definitely gave us the basis for more exploring of the city.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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