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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, theatres and even Glasgow Cathedral. 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 Stops:  Stop 1 - George Square Stop 2 - Glasgow Cathedral Stop 3 - Merchant City Stop 4 - The Barras Stop 5 - Glasgow Green Stop 6 - St. Enoch Centre Stop 7 - St. Vincent Place Stop 8 - Radisson Hotel Stop 9 - Argyle Street Stop 10 - Hilton Garden Inn Stop 11 - SEC Centre Stop 11A - Clydeside Distillery Stop 12 - Riverside Museum Stop 13 - Woodlands Road Stop 14 - University of Glasgow Stop 15 - Byres Road Stop 16 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Stop 17 - Kelvingrove Park Stop 18 - Charing Cross Stop 19 - Sauchiehall Street / The Glasgow School of Art Stop 20 - Theatre Royal Stop 21 - 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. 

Glasgow: The Magnificent and Mysterious History of Glasgow

3. Glasgow: The Magnificent and Mysterious History of Glasgow

Explore a little of the history of this ancient, and very modern city on a guided walking tour Glasgow. Discover its 6th century origins, marvel at the tremendous wealth, power and prosperity Glasgow enjoyed in the 19th century, and discover how it became known as The Second City of the Empire. Hear about some memorable moments and colourful characters from Glasgow’s history, including a few scandals and darker secrets. Follow in the footsteps of the merchants, traders and pioneers who transformed the city’s fortunes and reputation and the workers who enabled that transformation. Marvel at the grandeur of the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian architecture and sculpture that can still be found on so many streets. Many architects to this day, consider Glasgow, the 'most Victorian' city in the United Kingdom, because of the many incredible buildings that still stand today. Learn how Glasgow has continually over the centuries, and particularly in recent years, becoming one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant and creative cities in Europe. Discover some of the top attractions in the city of Glasgow such as the spectacular City Chambers, and even some lesser-known sites such as world’s oldest, surviving music hall, the Britannia Panopticon, and the Ramshorn Church. The tour finishes close to George Square, the original starting point.

Glasgow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

4. Glasgow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Glasgow's landmarks at your own pace with an interactive smartphone app. Embark on a fun scavenger hunt around the city, decipher riddles and unlock interesting facts to interact with the most important attractions. Use the game app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Glasgow’s must-sees on foot. Learn about each site you see and solve location-based riddles that can only be started at specific locations. Use imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal your next destination. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game and take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the game later or save the rest for another day. Your scavenger hunt will bring you to sites such as St Enoch Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, Glasgow City Chambers, the Merchant City area, City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, the Tolbooth Steeple, St Andrew's Square, Doulton Fountain, and the People's Palace.

Glasgow: Easy bus travel between Airport and City center

5. Glasgow: Easy bus travel between Airport and City center

Glasgow Airport Express offers the fastest link between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city centre, you can simply book your ticket online and enjoy a direct and convenient airport transfer in Glasgow. Enjoy 24-hour service with frequent timetables and through the night journeys, daily. Monday - Friday service operates every 12 minutes. Evening frequency is every 15 minutes daily. Departing from Stance 1 at Glasgow Airport you'll arrive in the city centre in just 15 minutes. We pick up and drop off at St Vincent Street near Central Station, George Square near Queen Street Station and Buchanan Bus Station. Board our modern air-conditioned buses and simply relax from the comfort of your wider seat to arrive at your prefered destionation. Stay connected with Free Wi-Fi on all our buses. Charge your phone as you go with handy USB ports on all seats.

Glasgow: Guided City Highlights Tour & Whisky Tasting (5pm)

6. Glasgow: Guided City Highlights Tour & Whisky Tasting (5pm)

Enjoy a wee walk and a premium whisky tasting in a local pub with a fun, local guide and see a new side to Glasgow on your trip with this small-group tour. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your guide, discovering the history and culture of Glasgow, visiting the key spots to see on a trip to the city. Throughout the tour you will take a look at some of the famous and lesser known figures to Glasgow, such as our patron saint St Mungo, and even Dr Who! Hear their stories as we travel through the centuries and explore what Glasgow has to offer. After the walking tour, you'll deserve a wee nip (three, in fact)! Relax with the guide and enjoy a premium whisky tasting, trying three full drams of Scotland's finest whiskies, learning more about the whiskies as you go. Since launching, this has been one of our most popular tours for those looking for some sightseeing with a twist! Everything is included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Glasgow: Private City Highlights Tour with a Local

7. 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 other hidden treasures you wouldn’t find by yourself!

Glasgow: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

8. Glasgow: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Glasgow. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the city. Your hi-tech headsets will fill your ears with beats, playing classic tunes and iconic hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Meeting up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy). Your moves are awesome, you just might not know it yet.

Glasgow: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

9. Glasgow: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. You will come across St Enoch Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, Glasgow City Chambers, the Merchant City area, City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, the Tolbooth Steeple, St Andrew's Square, Doulton Fountain, and the People's Palace along the way.

Glasgow: Self-Guided Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

10. 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.

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A great introduction to the city of Glasgow, giving a well-rounded overview of its history through monuments, poetry, anecdotes. Our guide Bruce was really knowledgeable and engaging and kept everyone happy and interested despite the weather.

The staff in the bus and at the stop were really friendly and answered all our questions very helpfully. The tour was interesting and the bus nice and comfy, the city however was a bit disappointing and we won’t be rushing back

Our guide Luke was fantastic!! We could easily hear everything he said and what he had to say was fascinating. Learned so much that we just wouldn’t have if not in his guide around the city. Book it now👍

Bruce was very friendly and subject knowledgeable. We had a great time and learned a lot with the experience. The pace was also just right. Thanks again :)

Thanks Bruce! Learned a lot about Glasgow and had a fun time listening to your stories!