Architectural driving and walking tour with a private guide. Appox. 8 hours or less by arrangement.
Glasgow was the "second city" of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. Trade flourished and it was highly industrialised known as the "workshop of the world". This spirit of innovation and enterprise was reflected in a fascinating range of new types of building with the verve and flair that later became known as the "Glasgow Style". Charles Rennie Mackintosh is just one of many talented architects working with new materials and new methods of building that became widely adopted everywhere.
We will drive and walk around the city stopping at architectural gems and notable buildings only now becoming acknowledged. The tour will be a good way to explore the landmarks of Glasgow city centre. We will visit the magnificent medieval Cathedral. A brief outline of the history and development of Glasgow will be included. I can suggest further excursions to take in your own time.
Glasgow School of Art and Charles Rennie Macintosh. Sauchiehall Street, Blythwood Square. St Vincent Street, George Street, Buchannan Street, Gallery of Modern Art. George Square, City Chambers, Glasgow Cathedral, St Mungo's, Provest Lodging and Physic garden. Kelvingrove, Kelvin Park and Glasgow University and Huntarian Museum. Pollock Park and Pollock House if time permits. Back to hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Edinburgh or Glasgow hotel.
End location: Edinburgh or Glasgow Hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
Normally 7/9 hours but this can be adapted to suit time available. This can also be taken as a walking only tour only if required.
Land Rover Discovery SUV. Large comfortable luxury car. This tour is also possible for up to 6 people by separate arrangement.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GB - Lunch and refreshments if required.
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Toby took us for a full day of exploring Glasgow— both driving and walking. A passionate advocate of the architecture and history of a sometimes underappreciated city, he introduced us to multiple sites of the great Charles Rennie Macintosh and other great Scots architects. We enjoyed a rooftop view of Glasgow, strolled Buchanan pedestrian mall, explored Kelvingrove Museum and finished with the Cathedral. Toby was enthusiastic, thoughtful and just fun company. Highly recommended.