Enjoy the sights and attractions of Scotlands second city. Historically the industrial heart of the nation in years gone by and now regenerated as a cultural centre.
First stop of the day is Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow, St. Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral, where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, allegedly built his church. The tomb of the saint is in the lower crypt. In the shadow of Glasgow Cathedral is the Provand's Lordship, built in 1471, which stands as a medieval-period historic house museum located at the top of Castle Street and is the oldest remaining house in Glasgow, the cathedral itself being the oldest building. Today the house is furnished with a collection of seventeenth-century Scottish furniture donated by Sir William Burrell. Visit St. Mungos Museum which houses exhibits relating to all the world's major religions, including a Zen garden and a sculpture showing Islamic calligraphy.
Pass through the bustling Merchant City: The area takes its name from the great traders of the 18th century whose warehouses were filled with the spoils of the British Empire; tobacco, sugar and rum. The entire area was a planned civic development of magnificent houses, shops and warehouses. In the last 15 years the area has undergone significant development with many of the warehouses being converted into stylish apartments and the growth of shops, bars and restaurants, to The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens situated in Glasgow Green, a glasshouse and a museum of social history for the city of Glasgow since the 1940s, and tells the story of the people and the city from 1750 to the present day. Travel into the heart of the city around George Square: considered by many to be Glasgow's City Centre. It’s a great place to start seeing the sights. The Square was designed and built in the late 19th century at the height of Glasgow's prosperity. The Victorian buildings, including the splendid City Chambers, are a grand reminder of yesteryear and are a point of pride for the city.
Other attractions a little further afield are The Burrell Collection, an important collection of medieval art including stained glass and tapestries, oak furniture, medieval weapons and armour, Islamic art, artefacts from ancient Egypt and China, Impressionist works by Degas and Cezanne, modern sculpture and a whole host of other artefacts from around the world, all collected by Sir William Burrell. Holmwood House - the finest and most elaborate residential villa designed by Scottish architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson retaining much of its original interior décor.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Glasgow).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.