Guided Walks - Glasgow Through the Ages

Glasgow City Heritage Trust will be running four 'Glasgow Through the Ages' guided walks for Glasgow Doors Open Days!

Guided Walks - Glasgow Through the Ages

About Guided Walks - Glasgow Through the Ages

The walks will illustate how Glasgow evolved from its origins as a medieval city, through its industrial past and the Scottish Enlightenment in the late 18th Century, to the Victorian period which gave birth to some of Glasgow’s finest buildings.

Glasgow Through the Ages I : The Medieval City
Wednesday 13th September, 6pm
Meeting Point : GCHT, 54 Bell Street, G1 1LQ
Free, No Booking Required. Places are first come, first served.

Join GCHT Historic Buildings Officer Niall Murphy to explore how Glasgow evolved from its ancient origins.

Highlights include the Tolbooth, the site of the Old College, survivors such as the British Linen Bank and Provand’s Lordship, the impact of the Glasgow City Improvement Trust, the Barony Church and Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Royal Infirmary and Dispensary, the Martyrs School and St Mungos RC Church in Townhead.

Glasgow Through the Ages II : The Industrial City
Saturday 16th September, 11am
Meeting Point: 1 Applecross Street, G4 9SP
Free, No Booking Required. Places are first come, first served.

Join GCHT Heritage Outreach Officer Gemma Wild on a tour showing how Glasgow developed following the arrival of the Forth & Clyde Canal, the motorway of the 18th century.

Highlights include the unlikely history of Bairds Brae, the oldest canalside buildings in Scotland, Maryhill’s past as the Venice of Scotland, aqueducts, bridges and spillways, World War II protection measures, the Hamiltonhill Claypits, the Phoenix Flowers, The Glue Factory and the Speirs Wharf warehouses.

Glasgow Through the Ages III : Enlightenment City
Sunday 17th September, 11am
Meeting Point : St Andrews in the Square
Free, No Booking Required. Places are first come, first served.

Niall Murphy shows us how Glasgow evolved from the age of the Scottish Enlightenment and as a result of the innovative works of the Glasgow City Improvement Trust.

Highlights include the lost realm of the Tobacco Lords, the high jinks of the Hellfire club, the devastating economic impact of the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank, the works of the City Improvement Trust, Glasgow’s interwar ‘Avenue of the Americas’ and the County Buildings.

Glasgow Through the Ages IV : The Gilded City
Sunday 17th September, 2pm
Meeting Point : The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane
Free, No Booking Required. Places are first come, first served.

Niall Murphy takes us on our final tour exploring Glasgow’s ‘Golden Age’, an era which gave birth to some of Glasgow’s finest buildings lining the gridded streets of the western City Centre.

Highlights include Central Station, James Salmon’s ‘Hatrack’ and Mercantile Chambers, CR Mackintosh’s Daily Record Building, and James Miller’s American influenced commercial buildings. See Glasgow’s most public IOU and the apprentice’s touching tribute to his master; the sculptor who helped those scarred by the Great War; the War Criminal’s prison; the hidden influence of the Vienna Secession; Glasgow’s skyscraper race; the links between Glasgow and New York; Roman Baths and Venetian Palaces; a stone Dreadnought; the influence of the Chicago World’s Fair; and Beaux Arts and Glasgow Baroque masterpieces.


Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is an annual event taking place across the city during the third week in September. Buildings open their doors and give free access to the public to showcase the city’s architecture and heritage. As well as access to buildings, the week-long programme includes walks, tours, talks and special events.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Guided Walks - Glasgow Through the Ages are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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