University of Glasgow Tours

Statue of Unicorn on top of Memorial GateAccess 550 years of history in Glasgow
Detail of stonework on main University buildingLearn about the design and construction of the University
Glasgow University from Kelvingrove park.Glasgow University from Kelvingrove park.
Glasgow University before the chapel was built.Glasgow University before the chapel was built.

The Tour

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Originally located on High Street in the city centre near Glasgow Cathedral, in 1870 it moved to the stunning collection of buildings perched upon Gilmorehill today, where it continues to watch over the bustling city and picturesque tenements of Glasgow’s West End.

This tour will take you on a fascinating journey around some of the university’s most significant spots - from philosopher Thomas Reid’s tombstone and the atmospheric cloisters, to the very same staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory - whilst discovering the connections of James Watt, Adam Smith and Isabella Elder whose names are inscribed on the university’s Memorial Gates.

For your consideration, we have prepared a video preview of the tour, which can be viewed below:


New opening hours from 5th July until further notice. Tours leave the University Visitor Centre Tuesday - Sunday. Tickets can be bought using the form below. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from SRC Reception in the John McIntyre Building or from the Tour Guide prior to the tour starting at 2pm


Groups of 8 or more should phone or email to arrange a tour to suit your needs


  • Adults £10.00
  • Concession (over 60s and students) £8.00
  • Families (2 adults and 2 children) £25.00
  • Under 18s £5.00
  • Under 5s free

Please note there is a booking fee of £1 per ticket.


Find Us

The Visitor Centre is situated within the main building, just through the gates on University Avenue.

The University is in the West End of the city, 2 miles from the city centre and round the corner from Byres Road and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Location map of the University of Glasgow

Bus: First Bus 4 and 4A stop directly outside.
Subway: Hillhead station - 5 minute walk.
Train: Partick station - 20 minute walk.
Car: Pay and display on surrounding streets.


Assistance dogs are permitted in all areas. The majority of the tour is accessible for wheelchair users, although the route will deviate slightly to accommodate lift access.

Due to the nature of University business access to all rooms cannot be guaranteed on all days.


Our guides would be more than happy to let you into the SRC’s Gilchrist Postgraduate Club after your tour if you fancy a coffee or a panini, open 10am-11pm Monday-Saturday and 12 noon-11pm Sunday. The Club serves a selection of hot and cold beverages, paninis, sandwiches, nachos and a lovely range of home-baking.


Please note there is a booking fee of £1 per ticket.
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