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Walks in and around Glasgow

From April 2020, a selection of guided walks, in and around Glasgow, will be available. Led by Glasgow-born art historian, George Fairfull-Smith, these  cover a wide range of interests, including art and architecture; the homes of many of the city's…

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Wealth of a City Guided Walks

Several of the guided walks are based on research undertaken by George Fairfull-Smith, over the past 30 years.  His 2010 book, The Wealth of the City: A 'Glance' at the Fine Arts in Glasgow: Volume One 1641-1830, is the first…

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From Garnethill to Blythswood Hill

Originally initiated and produced for Glasgow's Doors Open Days' Festival, this walk has been expanded to cover recent developments and changes to the area covered in the walk. This walk commences at Hill Street, Garnethill, and ends at the top…

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Where Glasgow Used to Shop and Dine: Walk 1 Charing Cross to Buchanan Street

           Originally initiated and produced for Glasgow's Doors Open Days' Festival, this walk has been expanded to cover recent developments and changes. For many years, Sauchiehall Street was considered to be Glasgow's most vibrant thoroughfare, with…

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Where Glasgow Used to Shop and Dine: Walk 2 Candleriggs to Jamaica Street

               Looking north, up Candleriggs, from the Trongate.   Looking east, along the Trongate, from Argyle Street.   Originally initiated and produced for Glasgow's Doors Open Days' Festival, this walk has been expanded to…

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From Park to Sandyford, and Charing Cross

Originally initiated and produced for Glasgow's West End Festival, this walk has been expanded to cover the city's Park, Sandyford and Charing Cross districts. It commences at the Park Terrace entrance to Kelvingrove Park, and covers the history of the…

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David Hamilton 1768-1843: “Father of Architecture in the West of Scotland”

    View of Hutchesons' Hospital, looking north from Hutcheson Street. This short walk visits the main buildings designed by David Hamilton, and the sites of those which have been demolished. These include Hutchesons' Hospital and the Union Bank on…

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Glasgow’s Backbone: From the Saltmarket to the Cathedral

  In Glasgow's Treasure Chest, 1951, James Cowan refers to walking up "Glasgow's backbone, starting at the foot of the Saltmarket, and continuing up High Street to the Cathedral." This walk follows Cowan's, and looks at the massive changes that…

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Glasgow’s Great Architects: City Centre Walk 1

Late 19th-century view of the Glasgow Stock Exchange, at the corner of Buchanan Street and St. George's Place (now Nelson Mandela Place).   In the 1960s, Glasgow was described by John Betjeman as "the greatest Victorian city in the world".…

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Glasgow’s Great Architects: City Centre Walk 2

                                                     View of St. Vincent Street in the 1820s.                                                           Alexander 'Greek'…

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