Merchant City Past and Present Tour

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Merchant City & East End


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.