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Merchant City Music Walking Tour of Glasgow

Highlights
  • Get off the tourist path with this music-focused tour
  • Led by local guides, including music writers
  • Learn about Glasgow’s music scene, including venues and musicians
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Merchant City Music Walking Tour of Glasgow
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Merchant City Music Walking Tour of Glasgow
From USD 22.27
Overview
Learn about Glasgow’s vibrant music scene with this guided walking tour of Merchant City and the East End. Led by enthusiastic music fans and writers, this tour includes concert venues both old and new along with stories of the musicians that helped to build Glasgow’s notable cultural life. Limited to a small group, this tour explores some of the oldest streets and legendary pubs of Glasgow.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: The Clutha Bar, Glasgow, Scotland

One of Glasgow's best loved live music pubs, this Clydeside bar is covered with murals which showcase the diversity of the city's music scene through the years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

Britain’s oldest surviving music hall, the venerable Britannia Panopticon is still a working venue. As well as hosting legendary Scottish performers such as Harry Lauder, this atmospheric, hidden gem has seen stage stars ranging from Cary Grant to Stan Laurel.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Scotland

The City Halls and Old Fruitmarket have been the location for many a memorable gig, including The Stranglers concert which led to punk rock being banned in Glasgow.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

Now a leading theatre and concert venue, this building's history includes a devastating date with the notorious Hellfire Club.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland

The Barrowland Ballroom is much loved by Glasgow gig-goers and its history is as colourful as the bands that have played here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Barrowland Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Barrowland Pathway artwork highlights many of the acts which have played its namesake venue. 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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St Andrews in the Square Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

A beautiful, 18th century church turned live music venue, St Andrews has lively links to the biggest names in Scotland's cultural history.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The 13th Note

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.

Duration: 10 minutes
Reviews (30)
1 - 5 of 30 reviews
Reviewed 8 December 2018
private Glasgow Music Tour

My 24 year old son and I booked a private tour with Fiona. It was great! We were able to get the best of both tours. My son really wanted to see King Tuts wah wah and orient himself with the music scene in Glasgow....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank seeingspots
JonathanTrew, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the tour and will pass on your kind remarks to our guide Fiona!

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile
Brilliant tour

This is hands down one of the most informative and brilliant walking tours I've ever been on. Didn't think I'd learn a lot given I've been to many a gig in many a different venue, boy was I wrong. Saw venues I've only heard of...More

2  Thank lolamalone
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Hi Laura, We're so pleased to hear how much you got out of the tour, and that you found out more about our fab venues past and present. We look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Informative and enlightening

This was an amazing tour. Phil was extremely knowledgeable, clearly passionate about music and Glasgow's musical history and encouraged interaction from the guests. The time passed very quickly as there was so much to hear and see.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Di-Wishaw
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Di-Wishaw. We really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your afternoon and I'll make sure that Phil reads your kind comments.

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Quite simply . . . pure dead brilliant!!!

Merchant City Music Walking Tour of Glasgow I got this tour as a gift from my partner who always picks excellent gifts and this was no exception. The tour guides, Phil and Alison obviously have a wealth of knowledge about the venues, the musicians, groups,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank John W
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

'Pure dead brilliant!!!' We can't say better than that. Thanks so much John W. I'll make sure that Alison and Phil see you kind words. We like to think that we can tell even the most keen music fan something they didn't know and it's...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile
Walking, music and history of Glasgow these are some of my favourite things

In a word musictastical! Alison and Fiona’s friendly and knowledge of Glasgow and it’s music scene makes the few hours of walking, despite the rain, go so quick. Stop off at the Panoptical music hall was fascinating and another ‘must do’ off my list. Highly...More

1  Thank happycoupleGlasgow
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hello happycoupleGlasgow. Walking, music and the history of Glasgow are at the top of our favourite things list too. So glad you enjoyed the tour, especially the Pots and Pans. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate it....More

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