The Evolution of Glasgow: Origins and Enlightenment
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Glasgow Doors Open Day, Glasgow City Heritage Trust is holding a special series of walking tours. Led by GCHT’s Deputy Director, Niall Murphy, the walks will track the urban growth of Glasgow from the High Street, through the development of the Georgian New Towns before heading across the rupture of the M8 and into the Victorian urban set-pieces of the Park District and Kelvingrove before concluding at the site of the relocated University of Glasgow on Gilmore Hill.
The first walk, from the High Street to the Lighthouse, will cross the Merchant City while explaining Glasgow’s early urban development and expansion westward.
Please note the tour lasts approximately 2 hrs.
It will start from Glasgow City Heritage Trust’s office before heading to St Andrews in the Square via the High Street. From there the tour will head into Glasgow Cross, via the Saltmarket. The tour will then move into the Merchant City via Albion Street. The tour will then take in Wilson, Glassford, Ingram, Virginia, Miller Streets, and Royal Exchange Square before finishing at the Lighthouse.
Highlights on the walk will include: the lost realm of the Tobacco Lords; the high jinks of the Hellfire club; the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank; the works of the City Improvement Trust; the impact of Glasgow’s abortive inner city ring road; Glasgow’s interwar ‘Avenue of the Americas’; Robert Adam's Trades House; a Post-modern courtyard; Sir JJ Burnet does baroque; and, the link between Paris’s Arc du Triomphe and the Equestrian Statue of the Duke of Wellington
Sun 22nd, 11am; 120 mins
Meeting point: Glasgow City Heritage Trust
Booking essential – opens 1st September 10am
Accessibility: Fully accessible - we will be walking on City Centre streets with wide even pavements.
Nearest Train/Subway: St Enoch’s Subway, Buchanan Street Subway, Queen Street Station, Argyle Street Station.
Parking: Street Parking Available, Q Park Candleriggs.