Take a free guided tour of City Chambers, a historic building dominating George Square and housing the Glasgow City Council. An eminent example of Victorian civic architecture, the building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 based on a competition-winning design by architect William Young. Officially opened for business by Queen Victoria, the building hosted its first council meeting in October of 1889. The exterior features sculptures by artist James Alexander Ewing, who designed the central Jubilee Pediment in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The interior includes a grand staircase made of marble and alabaster, with a ceiling decorated in gold leaf and topped by a stained-glass dome. Daily tours of the site conclude on the upper gallery, offering a detailed look at the iconic dome. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to City Chambers by using our Glasgow trip builder site.
Tours to City Chambers
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Duration: 1h 20min
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BOOK WITH VIATOR Glasgow City Centre Daily Walking Tour: 10:30am & 5pm
Duration: 1h 30min
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City Chambers reviews
This building has functioned as the headquarters of Glasgow City Council since 1996, and of preceding forms of municipal government in the city since 1889. That's an impressive amount of time for a...
This building has functioned as the headquarters of Glasgow City Council since 1996, and of preceding forms of municipal government in the city since 1889. That's an impressive amount of time for a... more »
We were on the afternoon tour with Margaret and it was a very enjoyable experience. Margaret did a great job. Thank you. Will recommend.
We were on the afternoon tour with Margaret and it was a very enjoyable experience. Margaret did a great job. Thank you. Will recommend. more »
We came here for a tour but we were told by the many stately doormen outside, that we were able to visit inside... ONLY to sign our condolences for the Queen, and then leave promptly. Promptly?! Well then! We said yes please and bowed ackwardly. (Come on! They were in suits, what would you have done?!) What a gorgeous and opulent building inside. The stairwell up to the "Book of Condolences" was quite the regal climb, but much more satisfying waltzing back down...nice and slow, regal like. Nothing like strutting down marble and red carpet. Too bad no one saw us though! We looked good.
Tour was excellent, very informative. The building is amazing, so much marble. Well worth a visit.
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