Merchant City Past and Present Tour

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  • Brewery Tour Option
Child (16 and Under), Student or Unemployed

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Pre-booking is essential | Runs 11.04.20-31.10.20

Get under the skin of Glasgow’s vibrant music scene with this entertaining, guided walking tour of Merchant City and the East End.

Walking the oldest streets of Glasgow, your two-hour tour will be led by enthusiastic music performers, fans and writers.

Hear all the tall tales from the city’s past and present venues, the artists who played in them and the audiences that continue to fill them with life.

Discover cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall and the scene for the stage debut of comedy legend Stan Laurel.

Get off the tourist path and dive deep into the colourful characters, quirky stories and unique venues that make Glasgow a UNESCO City of Music.

The Merchant City has proved to be a creative stamping ground for everyone from Woody Guthrie to Billy Connolly, Simple Minds and Franz Ferdinand.

Come with us as we explore the stories of the veteran venues which have found a new lease of life; the fertile relationship between the city’s visual arts community and its musicians; the legendary pubs frequented by folk music giants, and the newer, noisier upstarts that keep the grassroots scene growing.


  • Starts at Clutha and Victoria Bar, 167 Stockwell Street.
  • Finishes at Mono on King’s Court.
  • Details are in the booking confirmation email.

Add on a Tennent’s Brewery Tour

Buy a ticket for our Music Mile or Merchant City Tour and you will have the option to add on a Tennent’s Brewery Tour and save money on the price of separate tickets.

With a joint ticket you can go behind the scenes of what was once called a ‘madman’s dream’ on the Tennent’s Story Heritage Centre and Brewery tour.

Your guided tour starts at the Tennent’s Story heritage centre where you’ll be taken on an immersive journey through the history of Scotland’s oldest brewery.

After exploring the Tennent’s Story heritage centre, jump forward to the present day and join your guide on a tour of Wellpark Brewery to discover why Tennent’s Lager is Scotland’s favourite beer.

After you’ve discovered the craft behind the legendary brew, you’ll be offered a free pint of brewery fresh Tennent’s Tank Beer poured straight from their impressive copper tanks.

Joint ticket holders must book their brewery tour direct with the Tennent’s Story Heritage Centre.

Brewery tour can be taken on same day as music tour or on different day. Brewery tours run Mon-Sun. Saturday brewery tours book up early.

Music tours run Saturdays only.

Minimum age for brewery tour is 12 and 12-18 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Tennent’s Story Heritage Centre T&Cs apply to brewery tour part of joint ticket.