Walk the oldest streets of Glasgow with the Merchant City Music – Past and Present tour.
Avoid the usual tourist trails and share musical memories on this guided walking tour of the musical hot spots in Glasgow's East End and Merchant City.
Spanning 150 years of great music, the tour features tall tales, funny stories and fond recollections of the amazing gigs which have helped make Glasgow a UNESCO City of Music.
The tour starts outside The Clutha, one of Glasgow's best loved live music pubs. The Clydeside bar is covered with murals which showcase the diversity of the city's music scene through the years.
Britain’s oldest surviving music hall
The next tour location is the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall. Still a working venue, this atmospheric, hidden gem has seen stage legends from Cary Grant to Stan Laurel.
Next stop is The City Halls and Old Fruitmarket. Over the years, these unique venues have been the location for many a memorable gig, including The Stranglers concert which led to punk rock being banned in Glasgow.
A short stroll takes your group to the Tron. Now a leading theatre and concert venue, this building's history includes a devastating date with the notorious Hellfire Club.
Brilliant Barrowland stories
The Barrowland Ballroom and the Barrowland Pathway artwork are much loved by Glasgow gig-goers. And from The Smiths and Simple Minds to David Bowie and Bob Dylan, we have brilliant stories about many of the big names who have played here.
Our next stop is St Andrews in the Square, a beautiful 18th century church turned live music venue.
We finish on King's Court where your guide will reveal our theories about why Glasgow evolved its own, unique music scene. From Postcard Records to The 13th Note and Mono Bar, this is an area rich in stories about Glasgow's past and present music scenes.
During the tour, hear the story of the veteran venues which have found a new lease of life; the fertile relationship between the city’s visual arts community and its musicians; the legendary pubs frequented by folk music giants, and the newer, noisier upstarts that keep the grassroots scene growing.
The tour finishes at the hip and happening Mono Café Bar where customers can enjoy a 25% discount on food.
See a different side of Glasgow
You don't need to be a music expert to enjoy the tour and even if you are, you may still learn new things. Jam-packed with anecdotes, the tour is designed to show a different side of Glasgow to both visitors and locals.
Join us as we lift the lid on the sights and sounds of the Merchant City.