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This post provides details about the most interesting free walking tours in Glasgow.

These services focus on a variety of subjects including the history of the city, its culture and religious institutions, and more.


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If you want some help finding the most historic sites in Glasgow and learning about the significance of every major landmark, there are a few free walking tours you might want to consider.

The main type of tour you can take will cover the history of this city and provide an introduction with tips about the best places to eat and the best attractions to visit.

Glasgow City Chambers

There are also tours that cover both the culture of Glasgow and the most significant religious structures you’ll find in the city.

In addition to these opportunities, we will also include information about a few different self-guided tours which either allow you to experience Glasgow after dark or discover the fabulous street art and museums in the area.

A free walking tour is also known as a tip-based tour because the idea is to pay your guide however much you think the experience is worth.

While most people will offer £10-£15, you don’t have to pay a thing if you truly didn’t enjoy yourself. That said, each of these tours is very highly rated, so chances are that you’ll want to give them at least a small tip.

Even though there are some great pay-what-you-wish tours in Glasgow, you may want to consider a paid small-group tour if you’re looking for a different kind of experience.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Below is a calendar of some of the great free walking tours available in Glasgow. Click on the entry below to expand the listing for more details.


HISTORIC CENTRE 

These tours are a perfect introduction to Glasgow, providing a look at several notable landmarks in the historic centre of the city in addition to suggestions about the best attractions and restaurants to visit.

Aside from sightseeing, you’ll also learn important details about the history of Glasgow and how it developed into one of the most significant cities in the British Empire.

Glasgow's Central Station

You can expect to see some of the following locations on a free Glasgow historic centre tour:

  • City Chambers
  • Glasgow Green
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Central Station & Hotel
  • Victorian Fish & Fruit Market
  • St. Andrews in the Square Church
  • And more!

To find out more about these sites and more, consider one of the pay-what-you-want tours listed below.


Glasgow's Dark and Secret Past

If you're interested in learning about some of the more disturbing history of Glasgow, this tour will cover several different notorious events from the city's past.

Learn about Glasgow's past in slave trading, notable murders that took place, and stories of political intrigue from throughout the history of this location.

This tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and it is available daily at 10:30 am.

Learn more or book this tour.


Historic Glasgow: The Beating Heart of Scotland

This 2 ½ hours free walking tour will cover multiple popular sites in Glasgow while describing some of the most important moments in the history of this city.

St Andrews Church

In addition to offering an introduction to the historic centre, this outing also includes tips about the best bars, restaurants and shopping in the area.

You can enjoy this service from Monday - Wednesday at 13:00 (1 pm) or from Thursday - Sunday at 11 am.

Book the tour or learn additional details.


Free Tour of Glasgow

Discover some of the most important landmarks in the city on this pay-what-you-wish walking tour which includes both historical and cultural information.

Amongst the hundreds of positive ratings, several reviewers have indicated that their guide was friendly, punctual, and provided a lot of additional suggestions about other attractions to visit.

If you’re looking for an introduction to Glasgow that begins a bit earlier, this 2-hour tour begins at 10 am every Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more or book this tour.


GPS My City

Even if you can’t make it to one of the free walking tours listed above, you can always take these self-guided Glasgow tours anytime you want.

Although they aren’t designed to be done after dark, there’s certainly nothing stopping you from enjoying them at any time of the day or night.

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Each of these outings includes multiple stops at several popular landmarks and historic sites throughout the city.

This self-guided tour is offered on the GPS My City app, which is available on both iTunes and Android. Each guide includes a GPS-enabled map that you can use to find your way around the city from one stop to the next.


CULTURE AND RELIGION TOURS 

If you’re interested in learning more about the cultural, religious, and ethnic background of people from Glasgow, there is at least one free walking tour available which covers these subjects.

St. Mungos Cathedral

In addition to this option, there are also self-guided tours which include stops at notable places of worship, museums, and at least one neighbourhood filled with culture and entertainment.

While on these outings, you can expect to see some of the following locations:

  • Wellington Church
  • St. Aloysius’ Church
  • St. Mungo’s Cathedral
  • Glasgow Central Mosque
  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • St. Mary the Virgin Cathedral
  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • And more!

Learn more about these sites and many others while taking one of these pay-what-you-want walking tours in Glasgow.


The Culture of the Glaswegians

With a focus on the cultural diversity as well as all the different religions and backgrounds that make Glasgow what it is, this free walking tour provides a look at a different side of the city.

One of the more interesting aspects of this service is that your guide will take you to several different neighbourhoods in Glasgow, whether it be the city centre, the west end or the southside.

This 2 ½ hour walking tour is available Monday - Friday at 13:30 (1:30 pm).

Book this tour or learn more.


GPS My City

In addition to all the historic and introductory self-guided tours they offer, this service also provides a guide that covers the most notable churches and religious sites in Glasgow.

Sauchiehall Street Glasgow

There is also a self-guided tour of Sauchiehall Street, a neighbourhood filled to the brim with culturally significant attractions you may want to see.

These self-guided tours are available on the GPS My City app, and you can download it on either iTunes or Android. Each guide includes a GPS-enabled app to help you find your way around the city with ease.


ART AND MUSEUM TOURS

Although there aren’t any pay-what-you-wish guided tours covering artistic subjects and locations in Glasgow, there are a few self-guided tours you may want to consider instead.

Each of these outings is offered by GPS My City, and while some provide details about the most notable art and museums in the city, there is also at least one guide that provides details about street art in Glasgow.

Glasgow street art

If you’re interested in taking these tours, make sure to download the app onto your smartphone using either iTunes or Android and use their GPS-enabled map to make your way from one stop to the next.

In addition to these options, there is also a paid street art tour and a Glasgow Music Mile tour you might want to consider if you can afford them.


NIGHT TOURS OF GLASGOW

There aren’t any pay-what-you-want Glasgow tours currently available after dark or at sunset, but there is at least one self-guided tour that covers the best locations to visit at night.

Offered by GPS My City, this guide doubles as something of a pub crawl, as it provides several stops at clubs and bars all over the city.

The Garage, GLASGOW

In order to take this tour, you’ll need to download the app onto your smartphone with iTunes or Android. This guide includes a GPS-enabled map to help you find each stop on the tour.

If you’re looking for more of a historical tour after the sun goes down, there is also at least one paid Glasgow Ghost Tour and an Evening Dining Experience you may want to consider.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 22nd, 2021

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