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Glasgow: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Glasgow: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore one of the most vibrant Scottish cities with a 1 or 2-day ticket to Glasgow’s hop-on and hop-off bus. Explore museums, art galleries, parks, buildings as well as shopping opportunities. You can get a family ticket that covers 2 adults along with 3 children between the ages of 5 and 15. In addition, the city’s pubs, cafés, bars and nightclubs help make Glasgow one of the new preferred destinations for short breaks. The visitor attractions and places of interest are spread throughout the city and the best way to visit the attractions and to see the city, is to step on one of the open-top tour buses for a fully guided tour round all the main sights. Jump off at any of the 22 stops, conveniently located for the Gothic Cathedral, the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, the recently restored Kelvingrove Art Galleries, Glasgow University, Glasgow Green and Clydeside Distillery, among many other sights. Bus Route Itinerary:  Stop 1 - George Square Stop 2 - Glasgow Cathedral Stop 3 - Merchant City Stop 4 - Barras Market Stop 5 - Glasgow Green Stop 6 - St Enoch Stop 7 - St Vincent Place Stop 8 - Radisson Hotel Stop 9 - Argyle Street Stop 10 - Hilton Garden Inn Stop 11 - SECC Stop 12 - Clydeside Distillery Stop 13 - Riverside Museum Stop 14 - Kelvin Way Stop 15 - Byres Road Stop 16 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery Stop 17 - Kelvin Park Stop 18 - University of Glasgow Stop 19 - Charing Cross Stop 20 - Sauchiehall St Stop 21 - Theatre Royal Stop 22 - Buchanan Bus Station

Glasgow: Private Historical Walking Tour

2. Glasgow: Private Historical Walking Tour

Step into the past on a walking tour of Glasgow. Find out about the history of the city as you stroll through George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, the collections in the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Police Museum. Meet your guide at George Square and admire the Victorian architecture of the City Chambers, the Merchants' House, and the headquarters of the Glasgow City Council. Discuss how this square is named after an English King with your local guide.  Discover Glasgow's early Christian and Roman heritage and learn how the ancient tribes influenced the city. Walk to the modern commercial district and see where commercial Capitalism took root and where socialism and the British Labor party began. Continue to the shopping street and find the homes and palaces of the original trading Barons. Hear about who once made and lost fortunes and how the American War of Independence may have been set alight by Glaswegians. See more of this vibrant city you may wish to visit the imposing Glasgow Cathedral, the collections in the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Police Museum at the end of the tour. Explore the influence of Irish Immigrants on the city's growth. Finish your tour at the Glasgow Cross where public executions used to take place. 

From Edinburgh: Glasgow & Scottish lakes Spanish Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Glasgow & Scottish lakes Spanish Tour

Rise early and meet your guide in the Old Town of Edinburgh, where you’ll board either a minivan or coach and travel to our first stop: the Kelpies. You will learn about these mythological creatures and the artist: Andy Scott. Hop back on the bus for the journey to Loch Katrine, the most beautiful loch in Scotland and where you will have the opportunity to take a short boat trip (at your own expense). This enchanting area was home to Rob Roy MacGregor, the famous Highland outlaw and folk hero, and it was a source of inspiration for the acclaimed poet and author Sir Walter Scott. We will then continue to Loch Lomond, one of the largest lakes in Scotland. You will have time here to enjoy your lunch or a walk around its picturesque banks, which inspired the famous song 'The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond'. The tour will then head to Glasgow. Once you arrive in the city, you will be taken in a panoramic tour (on the minivan or coach) along Castle Street, Green Park, the 1888 International Exhibition buildings, the city's renovation by Norman Foster, the University or Kelvingrove Museum. We will finally return to Edinburgh, and you will be dropped back off where the tour began.

Glasgow: Private Dark Side Tour

4. Glasgow: Private Dark Side Tour

A city well-known for its turbulent past, Glasgow has a lot of secrets. Built by industry, shaped by its working class, and run by gangs operating out of ice-cream vans. This 1.5 hour tour with a local guide will take you on a walk in the darker side of Glasgow’s history - some centuries ago, some decades, and some still happening in the city today. From unsolved murders to tales of notorious inmates and Glasgow’s foundations as a city built on the back of slavery, this tour will bring our dark past into light as you discover a different side to this iconic city. We recommend taking this tour in the evening darkness for full effect! We cannot do late night tours on Saturday nights as the area we walk are too full of bars. Key sights include: Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis (City of the Dead!) Blackfriar's Tolbooth Prison The Clyde & The Slave Trade Vampire of the Gorbals

Glasgow: Private City Highlights Tour with a Local

5. Glasgow: Private City Highlights Tour with a Local

Explore Glasgow the way you want to, spend quality time with a local and get a real taste for our beautiful city. With flexible meeting and end points, and a dedicated local guide, maximise your time in Glasgow on a private tour. The friendliest city in the world, Glasgow has a turbulent history that has shaped it into the vibrant city you see today. Join us for an authentic insight into modern life throughout the city and spot little-known treasures along the way! Explore key sights in Glasgow City Centre, with an expert, local guide on a 1.5 hour tour. You will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the city as you travel back centuries to discover Glasgow’s dark and unique history: from cathedrals to street art, cities of the dead to Dr Who, there is something for everyone on this city centre tour! Our expert, local guides will bring their own anecdotes and perspectives to ensure every tour is unique! The tour includes a visit to: George Square Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis Merchant City Iconic Street Art Glasgow Green People's Palace Clyde River The Duke of Wellington (and hopefully the cone on his head!) And many hidden treasures you wouldn’t find by yourself!

Glasgow: Self-Guided Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

6. Glasgow: Self-Guided Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of Glasgow into an Adventure Playground. Welcome to Glasgow! Famous for its remarkable architecture, strong cultural arts scene, world class museums, and of course the city of the dead, the Necropolis, it’s no wonder Glasgow was recently voted one of best cities in the world to visit. Explore the Merchant City area of Glasgow and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles and completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will take place in Glasgow’s Merchant City district, starting at George Square, winding you through Strathclyde University and up to the Cathedral, before leading you through some of Glasgow’s more hidden sites. Along the way you’ll discover some of Glasgow’s famous street art, works by Scotland’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, hear a ghost story or two and of course you might spot a statue with a cone on its head. So grab a traffic cone (in case one is missing) put on some comfy shoes and discover the richness and heritage of Scotland’s Dear Green Place as you explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Glasgow Quest. This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity.

Guided Walking Tour of Glasgow

7. Guided Walking Tour of Glasgow

Join a guided tour of Glasgow complete with a journey by train from Edinburgh. See popular attractions, including the Glasgow Necropolis, St Mungo's Cathedral, and more as you learn about the city's history. Meet your guide on Edinburgh's Royal Mile and make your way to Waverley Station, where you'll board a train bound for Glasgow. Once there, embark on a guided tour of the city, learning about its past and present as you walk. Step back in time as you delve into Glasgow's history and discover interesting facts about important historical figures. Visit George Square and admire the City Chambers overlooking the square. Marvel at the impressive Gothic façade of the Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest building in the city, and hear about the Industrial Revolution and its impact on Glasgow's society in the 19th century as you wander along Buchanan Street to the River Clyde. Make the most of your time here by staying a while at the end of your tour. Your guide will provide a map with some suggested tour routes and tips on what to explore. Then, once you're ready, use your return ticket to catch the train back to Edinburgh.

Discover Glasgow's Finest - Private Walking Tour

8. Discover Glasgow's Finest - Private Walking Tour

Experience the best of Glasgow on our captivating walking tour. Begin at George Square, where impressive architecture and statues set the stage for the city’s grandeur. Pass by the historic Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, and learn about its enchanting gardens. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Glasgow Cathedral, a majestic masterpiece dating back to the 12th century. From the outside, discover the social history of Glasgow at the People’s Palace and become familiar with the history, culture and traditions of Glasgow. Finally, unwind in the tranquility of Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park, and admire the iconic Doulton Fountain. Join us for an easy-paced journey through Glasgow’s rich heritage and vibrant culture. You will stop by the following attractions: - George Square - Provand's Lordship - Glasglow Cathedral - People's Palace - Glasglow Green

From Edinburgh: Private Glasgow City Day Tour in Luxury MPV

9. From Edinburgh: Private Glasgow City Day Tour in Luxury MPV

Discover the warmth and friendliness of Glasgow, one of the world's friendliest cities. Whether it's a day trip or a visit from Edinburgh, you'll receive a warm welcome. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history and captivating architecture on this tour. Marvel at the renowned Glasgow Cathedral, explore medieval sites, and witness modern industry. Prepare for delightful surprises at every turn in Glasgow!

From Glasgow: Private Glasgow City Day Tour Luxury MPV

10. From Glasgow: Private Glasgow City Day Tour Luxury MPV

Glasgow, hailed as one of the friendliest cities worldwide, lives up to its reputation. Expect a warm welcome from the locals. Embarking on this tour, prepare to be astounded by the city's rich history and captivating architecture. Be sure to visit the renowned Glasgow Cathedral, where its grandeur will leave you awe-inspired. As you explore further, delve into the medieval sites, witnessing their fascinating stories unfold. Not to be missed is the juxtaposition of modern industry against the backdrop of Glasgow's traditional charm. Prepare to be enchanted as you navigate through its vibrant streets. Glasgow, a city brimming with surprises, promises an unforgettable experience for all who venture within its embrace.

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Unsure if were were on the exact right tour, as we paid for the tour, but the one we ended up going on was 'free' but the tour guide asked for donations. But the tour guide we did get was brilliant, it was very interesting as the history of glasgow was told like a story, and I never realised how much rich history there was in Glasgow. The tour guide was also really good at answering any questions anyone in the group had too.

Great way to see sights of City and stop off at museums etc. Friendly drivers. Could do with timetable at every stop to plan visits better.

We had a good fun and a wonderful glimpse of the city thru' this... best way to do on a day trip to Glasgow

Great experience. Super professional lady driver. Great audio guides/explanations on board.

Good overview of Glasgow if you have limited time.