A-Z of Secret Glasgow: University

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Take a wander at your leisure through the stunning Neo-Gothic cloisters designed by George Gilbert Scott, or enjoy a guided tour of the university and discover 550 years of history.

Founded in 1451, it was originally located in the city centre near Glasgow Cathedral.

In 1870, it moved to the stunning collection of buildings perched upon Gilmorehill, where it continues to watch over the bustling city and red sandstone tenements of Glasgow’s West End.

NEXT: Discover the silent retreat ideal for students, bookworms and bohos.

The one hour tours are led by volunteer student guides and they’ll take you on a fascinating journey around some of the university’s most significant spots – from philosopher Thomas Reid’s tombstone and the camera friendly cloisters to the very same staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory.

Scheduled tours every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

 Adults £10. Concession £8. Families (2 adults and 2 children) £25. Under 18s £5. Under 5s free.

Gayle Anderson