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Tour guide Fiona Shepherd on Barrowland Pathway with group.
Barrowland Pathway, Glasgow. © Jannica Honey

Merchant City Music - Past and Present

From £17 per adult

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April — September

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Guided walking tour of the musical hot spots - past and present - in Glasgow's East End and Merchant City. Tall tales, funny stories and fond memories of great gigs - led by music journalists and musicians.

Walking the oldest streets of Glasgow, our Merchant City Music Past and Present tour covers cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall.

Young guns

The Merchant City has proved to be a creative stamping ground for everyone from Stan Laurel to Billy Connolly, Simple Minds and Franz Ferdinand.

Musical memories

This tour tells 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.

This tour finishes at Mono Café Bar where customers can enjoy a 25% discount on food.

Starting
Glasgow East End
Length
2
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Music Walking

Tour prices

From

  • £17 Per Adult
  • £12 Per child
  • £13 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Attractions

Tour company information

Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow Music City Tours offer lively and informative guided walks exploring the fascinating places, people, and performances which have shaped Glasgow’s musical landscape. Our tours bring alive tales of the legendary Glasgow music venues that have played host to everyone from Alex Harvey to Paolo Nutini. Our guides are enthusiastic music fans, performers and writers who are immersed in Glasgow’s cultural life. Friendly, knowledgeable, and proud of Glasgow, they are keen to recommend gigs, clubs, dive bars, and record shops.

Opening times

Merchant City Music: 11am on Saturdays. Begins outside The Clutha 167 Stockwell Street, G1 4SP.

Music Mile: 2pm on Saturdays. Begins on steps of Sauchiehall Street entrance to Royal Concert Hall.

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