Glasgow City Tour
One day tour
Discover Glasgow’s rich and diverse history as you take in the highlights on this popular hop-on, hop-off tour. There are 21 convenient stops making it easy to explore the city’s many museums, galleries, parks and performance venues.
Price range: £15 - £15
Hop-on, Hop-off - your ticket is valid for 24 hours
Glasgow Cathedral - explore this magnificent medieval church and the nearby St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Riverside Museum - discover Scotland’s museum of transport and travel
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - visit Scotland’s most popular museum
Glasgow Green - take a walk in this historic city-centre park
Buchanan Street - enjoy some retail therapy in Glasgow’s premier shopping street
Movie locations - World War Z, The 39 Steps and Florence Foster Jenkins
Full Tour Itinerary
The history of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city is rich and diverse. In its 1400 years Glasgow has been a religious community, a salmon fishing village, a medieval university town, a major centre of trade with North America and the second city of the British Empire, famed for its shipbuilding and engineering.
Today Glasgow is renowned as one of Europe’s foremost visitor destinations. Its outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues led to the city being one of the first to be designated European City of Culture.
The Riverside Museum uses its collections of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour. Here you will find the oldest surviving pedal cycle and the finest collection in the world of Scottish-built cars, including such world famous makes as Argyll, Arrol Johnson and Albion.
Victorian Glasgow has left a magnificent legacy of civic buildings that are just waiting to be discovered. Visit the recently refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where the highlights include impressionist paintings and wonderful medieval armour. Close by take a walk in leafy Kelvingrove Park or visit the campus of Glasgow University to enjoy the panoramic views from the tower.
Back in the city centre the Gallery of Modern Art has four floors of exhibition space that attracts visitors and locals alike and to the east the People’s Palace, on Glasgow Green, tells the story of the city from the perspective of ordinary working folk. The bustling Merchant City was once home to warehouses and markets. Now it’s a sophisticated area of bars, restaurants and housing. This historic area is home to towering Glasgow Cathedral, which dates from Norman times, the Necropolis where many of the city’s wealthy merchants are buried and the Provands Lordship, the oldest building in Glasgow.
Glasgow is a city with its own style. A style that is reflected in its modern retail centres (known as "The Style Mile”) which attract shoppers from all over Europe.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this City Tour?
Without doubt the best way to discover Scotland’s great cities is to enjoy one of our hop-on, hop-off bus tours. Take the full tour to orient yourself then use your ticket as the most convenient way of getting between the key sights and attractions. All our City Tours are operated by modern double-deck buses whose open-top design provides the best vantage point for sightseeing. There are frequent departures (up to every 15 minutes) and tickets are valid for 24 hours. All tours provide a full commentary in English and on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours in other major languages too. If you’re travelling with children these tours are a fun and entertaining way to discover your new surroundings - look out for the special kid’s commentary tracks.
Are admission fees included in the cost of the tour?
The ticket price is for the tour only and doesn’t include admission fees. In Glasgow, however, most of the city’s museums and art galleries are free of charge to enter.
Where can I board the bus?
The main departure points for the Hop-on, Hop-off tours are: Edinburgh - Waverley Bridge, next to Waverley Railway Station. Glasgow - George Square, next to Queen Street Railway Station. Inverness – Bridge Street, next to the Visitor Information Centre. In addition each tour has a number of stops where you can also board the bus – just exchange your voucher for a ticket from the driver.
Is this tour child friendly?
Absolutely and great fun too! Children aged 4 years and under travel free of charge plus there are special child prices for ages 5 to 15 inclusive. As well as the fantastic views to enjoy there is a special Ghoulish Glasgow kids commentary channel to keep your little travellers entertained.
What is the duration of the tour?
A full circuit of the tour route will take 60 minutes in Edinburgh & Inverness and 105 minutes in Glasgow.
- Transport by open-top bus
- Personal recorded commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From George Square
Glasgow G2 1DY
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Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
Children aged under 5 years travel free of charge.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Tour duration/Tickets valid/Departures
80 minutes/24 hours/every 15-30 minutes
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.