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Merchant City Music Walking Tour of Glasgow

Explore Glasgow's music scene with this two hour guided walking tour of iconic venues in the Merchant City and East End.

Entertaining and informative, this tour has all the stories about the legendary performers who have stayed, played and made music in Glasgow.

The city has an unrivalled reputation for producing brilliant bands, making memorable music and putting on unforgettable shows. This tour will show you how and why.

Our guides are enthusiastic music fans and writers who are immersed in Glasgow’s cultural life.

The tour finishes at the hip and happening Mono Café Bar where customers can enjoy a 20% discount on food.

You don't need to be a music expert to enjoy the tour and even if you are, you may still learn new things. Jam-packed with anecdotes, the tour is designed to show a different side of Glasgow to both visitors and locals.

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  • What's included :
    • Includes voucher for 20% discount on food at Mono Cafe Bar.
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: The Clutha Bar, 167-169 Stockwell Street, Glasgow G1 4SP Scotland

    One of Glasgow's best loved live music pubs, this Clydeside bar is covered with murals which showcase the diversity of the city's music scene through the years.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD Scotland

    Britain’s oldest surviving music hall, the venerable Britannia Panopticon is still a working venue. As well as hosting legendary Scottish performers such as Harry Lauder, this atmospheric, hidden gem has seen stage stars ranging from Cary Grant to Stan Laurel. At present, due to Covid, we do not have access to Britannia Panopticon although we can still tell you all its great stories.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Old Fruitmarket, 100 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ Scotland

    The City Halls and Old Fruitmarket have been the location for many a memorable gig, including The Stranglers concert which led to punk rock being banned in Glasgow.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB Scotland

    Now a leading theatre and concert venue, this building's history includes a devastating date with the notorious Hellfire Club.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Barrowland Ballroom, 244 Gallowgate Cowcaddens, Glasgow G4 0TT Scotland

    The Barrowland Ballroom is much loved by Glasgow gig-goers and its history is as colourful as the bands that have played here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Barrowland Park, 10 St. Andrews Lane Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5BG Scotland

    Barrowland Pathway artwork highlights many of the acts which have played its namesake venue. And from The Smiths and Simple Minds to David Bowie and Bob Dylan, we have brilliant stories about many of the big names who have played here.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St Andrews in the Square Glasgow, St Andrews Sq, Glasgow Scotland

    A beautiful, 18th century church turned live music venue, St Andrews has lively links to the biggest names in Scotland's cultural history.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The 13th Note, 50-60 King St, Glasgow G1 5QT, UK

    We finish on King's Court where your guide will reveal our theories about why Glasgow evolved its own, unique music scene. From Postcard Records to The 13th Note and Mono Bar, this is an area rich in stories about Glasgow's past and present music scenes.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    THE CLUTHA, Glasgow G1 4SP, UK
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    King Street, King St, Glasgow G1, UK
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please contact us to discuss any mobility issues.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please be at departure point 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Glasgow Music City Tours

Activity ID: V-33577P1

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