University Tours

We run tours of the University Tuesday to Sundays at 2pm from the Visitor Centre. From 3rd of April an 11am tour will be available Tuesday through Sunday.

A tour in progress.

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 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.


Tours leave from the University Visitor Centre on Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets can be bought using the booking form. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from the SRC Welcome Centre 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.