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IATEFL Walk 'n' Roll!
Glasgow Music City Tours offer entertaining guided walking tours of the city's vibrant music scene. Come with us as we explore the city centre, an area which is packed with music venues past and present.

Famous bands
This tour will tell the tales of the stars who have stayed, played and recorded in the city. Led by enthusiastic music journalists, this tour brings alive the legends, lies and wicked rumours about the great bands that have rocked Glasgow. Glasgow was the first UK location to be named a UNESCO City of Music. This tour will explain why we have such a thriving music scene.

Guided tours

Tours will run in the evenings of Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April. Meet at 5.45pm by the Box Office in the SEC. The guides will take guests into the city centre via the Exhibition Centre train station (over the footbridge). Tours will finish at approximately 8pm in the city centre. Cost £15 per guest. Price includes train ticket into city centre.

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City Sightseeing Bus Tours
The City Sightseeing Glasgow tour offers visitors a brilliant and convenient way to discover the city.Choose between a knowledgeable live guide or a recorded commentary featuring historian Neil Oliver and sit back and enjoy the tour. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, with 21 stops along the route.

Tickets are valid for either one or two consecutive days which means you can hop-on and hop-off to visit one of Glasgow's many free museums or art galleries as well as stop for lunch, a bit of shopping or simply a walk in one of the city's many parks. Tickets are available from the driver on the day or pre-booked from the link above. Friendly staff are located at the main George Square departure point and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about the tour.

Prices:
Glasgow Tour - 1 Day
Adult £13.00 • Concession/Student £12.00

Glasgow Tour - 2 Day
Adult £15.00 • Concession/Student £14.00

Glasgow City Chambers
Going on one of the free tours of Glasgow City Chambers is a must. Walk up the largest marble staircase in Western Europe, made of imported Italian Carrara marble. The grandeur continues through to the magnificent Banqueting Hall, where Nelson Mandela received his Freedom of the City award in 1993, and Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999. The three central chandeliers in the Banqueting Hall, “electroliers”, have their own story. In 1885, the council decided that the Hall should have electric lighting, an innovative decision at that time. These magnificent features were the result, along with a generator in the basement to power them. Today, the “electroliers” are still working.

There are free guided, public tours of the Chambers on weekdays at 10.30am & 14.30pm, lasting 45 minutes.
No booking is required - just turn up. For more information visit their website

Glasgow City Cathedral
This magnificent example of Scottish Gothic architecture was built between the 13th & 15th centuries and is widely regarded as the high point of cathedral building in Europe. But no description of the cathedral would be complete without mentioning its inextricable link with the city’s patron saint & founder, St. Mungo, who built his church on this site and who was buried here in 612. Mungo was the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde. His diocese was vast, reaching from Loch Lomond in the north, to Cumbria in the south, and his shrine here was a great centre of Christian pilgrimage until the Scottish Reformation.

Wander around the cathedral and you’ll see many connections down the ages, from the ancient trades on which the city built her fortune, to the military and the law. Other connections run through the cathedral’s history: one of Scotland’s most famous literary sons, Sir Walter Scott, refers to the kirk (Scottish for church) in his novel, Rob Roy.

Opening times:
  • Weekdays between 9.30am and 5.00pm
  • Saturdays between 9.30am and 5.00pm
  • Sundays between 1.00pm and 4.30pm
For more information visit their website

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