Discover Over 550 Years of History
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Originally located on High Street in the city centre near Glasgow Cathedral, in 1870 it moved to the stunning collection of buildings perched upon Gilmorehill today, where it continues to watch over the bustling city and pictaresque tennements of Glasgow's West End.
The second largest example of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain (after the palace of Westminster) today the University of Glasgow is renowned not only as a a site of remarkable intellectual, scientific and medical achievements, but also as an international tourist attraction, due to its collection of over 100 listed buildings.
This walking tour lasts approximately one hour and will take you on a fascinating journey around some of the University's most significant spots - from philosopher Thomas Reid's tombstone and the atmospheric cloisters, to the very same staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory. Discover the connections between James Watt, Adam Smith and Isabella Elder, whose names are all inscribed on the University's Memorial Gates.
The University of Glasgow dominates the artistic, literary and student-centered West End of Glasgow. With stunning views overlooking Kelvingrove Museum and Kelvingrove Park, the tour is an essential part of any visitor's experience of Glasgow.
All guides are also fulltime students at the University of Glasgow and are happy to answer questions during the tour.
Our guides will also be more than happy to let you into the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club after your tour if you would like refreshments or something to eat. Open 10am - 11pm Monday-Saturday and 12 noon - 11pm Sunday. The club serves a selection of hot and cold beverages, paninis, sandiches, nachos and a lovely range of home-baking.
Tickets can be purchased from guides or online:
Family: (2 adults & 2 children) £25.00
Under 18: £5.00
Under 5: free
Private or group tours can be arranged for Mon - Sun 0900 - 1900, outside of regular scheduled tours. These must be booked in advance. If you are part of a small group of just 3 or 4, or a larger group of 100 and would like to arrange a tour, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org