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Glasgow's Music Mile Walking Tour

  • Go on a whistle-stop walking tour of Glasgow’s Music Mile

  • Follow in the footsteps of the famous bands that have played here

  • Get off the typical tourist trail and discover popular local haunts

Glasgow's Music Mile Walking Tour
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Glasgow's Music Mile Walking Tour

Glasgow is renowned for its thriving music scene and strong counter-cultural identity. On this walking tour of the city’s Music Mile, you’ll follow in the footsteps of famous bands and see the major musical sights. Get on stage at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (a popular place to catch up-and-coming acts), see the Royal Conservatoire, discover the creative hub that is the Glasgow School of Art, and more.

What to Expect
Glasgow’s Music Mile tour is a great way to see what makes the city's music scene tick.

Join us as we explore a neighbourhood rich in both musical myths and scuzzy backroom stages where the next generation of guitar heroes are paying their dues.

Your tour starts in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This is home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Celtic Connections - the world's biggest winter music festival.

Passionate audiences

While here, we time travel back and hear tales from the heyday of the Empire. A former neighbour of the Concert Hall, the Empire is long gone but its fierce reputation for having the UK's most critical and passionate audience lives on.

Our next stop is the Pavillion which has hosted everyone from Houdini and Charlie Chaplin to Sydney Devine, Glasgow's very own rhinestone cowboy. 

The former Odeon gets a mention here. First and foremost a cinema, it was also a stomping ground for bands like The Beatles, Little Richard and The Rolling Stones.

Moving onto the Conservatoire, your guide has plenty stories about associated hobbits, Outlander stars, Dr Who actors and even Bob Dylan.

Musical heritage and contemporary culture

The tragic 2018 fire at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building and the ABC badly damaged two venues which have played large parts in Glasgow's musical heritage. In a small way, we like to think that our tours help keep that heritage alive while the fate of the buildings is decided.

This section of the tour explains how Glasgow School of Art was and is a band factory that helped many a would-be performer make the jump from arts to charts.

The tour pauses at Nice 'n' Sleazy, a big-hearted dive bar that plays an instrumental part in nurturing young talent. As well as offering the opportunity for guests to buy a refreshment, Sleazy's is where we tell visitors all the rock 'n' roll legends from the late, lamented Apollo.

It is also where guests hear about the changing sounds of Sauchiehall Street, an area that has been the city's night-time playground for decades.

The Music Mile tour finishes at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut where you have the opportunity to follow in the early footsteps of Oasis, Blur and the Manic Street Preachers.

Depending on access, you may have the chance to stand under the lights at King Tut’s and grab a selfie on the stage that helped launch so many great acts. 

Great stories

Lasting a little over two hours, the Music Mile tour covers diverse genres and eras from dancehall and traditional jazz to punk, pop, and today's guitar heroes.

It has plenty of detail for the dedicated music fans but, like all our tours, it is packed with great stories that will entertain the casual fan who wants a different way to see the city.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
step back in time

going on this tour was so nostalgic for me it took me back to being a teenager and remembering the feeling of waiting all week for the weekend when we would put on the gear and go to either the Barrowland or ( n0 longer...More

Thank biff23
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Biff23, We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and love that it took you back to putting on your gear to go to Barrowland or the Dennistoun Palais. Thanks for coming out and for taking the time to review us, we...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018
Music Mile Tour - Fantastic Tour

Glasgow has long had a rich musical history and has always had a reputation of attracting the biggest and best acts for concerts. I had seen a advert for the Edinburgh Music Walking Tour, but on closer examination it showed that the company is based...More

1  Thank wanderer_scotland
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Thanks so much for your review wanderer_scotland, we're delighted you enjoyed the tour and welcome your positive feedback. Hope to see you on our other tours soon!

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Fun and interesting

We were visiting Glasgow because we love the local music scene, so this tour was a no brainer! Fiona and Alison are friendly, interesting and very well informed about all sorts of music in Glasgow. We enjoyed hearing about historic venues that are no more...More

Thank Spiggiewiggie
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Cool name and lovely review, Spiggiewiggie. Many thanks. Yep, we love Sleazy's too. All the best, Jonathan

Reviewed 27 May 2018
Enjoyable and Informative.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour yesterday. Our guide Phil was fantastic! He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music of any genre and any decade you care to pick. His passion for music and for Glasgow came across strongly. The information and anecdotes...More

Thank Dory321
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

What a great review, Dory321. Thanks you so much and I'll make sure that Phil sees it. Our guides are passionate about Glasgow's music scene and we hope it always shines through. Hope to see you on the Merchant City tour. Best wishes, Jonathan

Reviewed 22 May 2018
A Music Lovers Nostalgia Tour

A lovely way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Our guide Fiona was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, providing us with lots of interesting facts and anecdotes about the Glasgow Music Scene. It brought back a few memories of the music scene but...More

Thank Nick W
Jonathan_GCMT, Manager at Glasgow Music City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Nick W. Good memories, great gig stories and a few laughs is what we aim for. So glad you enjoyed the tour. All the best, Jonathan

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