85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH
1794, Robert Adam, 1837-8, David Hamilton and 1888, James Sellars
View the historic interiors of this magnificent Adam-designed building and learn about the second oldest building in Glasgow still used for its original purpose. Experience the work of Glasgow’s traditional trades and view artefacts in the museum, which was originally a Free Trades School.
This is a fantastic opportunity to freely explore or be shown around Trades Hall, the only remaining Adam built property in Glasgow, full of architectural delights, historic paintings and artefacts with its own museum describing its fascinating history.
In 1971, Adam was commissioned to design a new Trades Hall on Glassford Street as a meeting place for the 14 Incorporated Crafts of Glasgow. He worked on Trades Hall at the very end of his career but sadly died two years before its completion. His brothers, James and William, were responsible for finishing the building which opened in 1794. .
There are four beautiful stained glass windows, and the magnificent Grand Hall has a stunning ceiling with a seven metre dome containing the Coat of Arms of the 14 Incorporations and their mottos and a 64 metres (210 feet) frieze painted by Belgian artists shortly after the Boer War. The Museum, originally a Free Trade School, contains interesting artefacts donated by the 14 Crafts, some dating back to 1500.
During Doors Open Day weekend Trades Hall is proud to be the host of Scottish Glass Society’s 2018 Exhibition ‘Glorious Glass’. Browse the wonderful contemporary exhibits featuring a wide range of techniques, from hot blown forms to stained glass panels. Free entry.
After your tour take time to relax in the Robert Adam Room with a tea or coffee and take advantage of our free Wifi.
Tours available on request; 30 minutes
Booking not required
Tour meeting point: Entrance foyer
Parking info: Parking Vouchers available for the Glasshouse NCP Car Park in Glassford Street cost £6 for 24 hours. Pick up when visiting Trades Hall.
Accessibility: All areas are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the Deacon Convener's Suite and Library which are up two flights of stairs. Please note that whilst we do everything possible to make your visit to Trades Hall as accessible as possible, the building is old and so some patience may be required.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443