City Chambers
City Chambers
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1888, Glasgow City Chambers dominates George Square and is currently home to Glasgow City Council. The grand marble staircase and banqueting hall are among the building's many highlights. Free guided tours are conducted at 10:30am and 2:30pm on weekdays except public holidays and special events.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • 797dennisp
    Montrose, United Kingdom30,912 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cupola ceiings
    Just missed out on the tour by a few minutes so muct remember on my next visit to Glasgow to turn up at the appointed hour. No access to the upper floors but what was on view on the ground floor was quite outstanding. Amazing cupola ceilings and grand marble staircases.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Florida19
    113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, stunningly beautiful
    Beautiful staircase, ceilings, so much marble, more than the Vatican. Wedgewood ceilings, just so impressive. Such an incredible historic building, staff were very friendly and offered lots of information. Do pop in, you won’t be disappointed
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Coco
    Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful, informative tour
    We went to the City Chambers as a group of retired professionals on a weekday morning. Guided by the knowledgeable ’William’ it was nearly two hours filled with interest and wonderful views of this 19th century building. The Grand Ballroom was unavailable that day but it didn’t detract from a lovely day out.. Thank you from the ‘FROGS’ of Fairlie.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 24, 2023
  • VNORVI
    San Francisco, California365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A few minutes snd remarkable
    Remarkable spot. The marble is the big thing and it is massively marble. The guard will make up any excuse not to let you in. But they will let you wander around. The reason the city does not want you going around is the story behind the building….. it was almost entirely built on thr dksbe trade.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • NickofSurrey
    Surrey, United Kingdom990 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive exterior in any city
    imposing building in George Square in the centre of Glasgow. The Square itself given over to a Christmas event.very nice lit up in different colours. A one day visit to the city and leave in the morning. A very nice city centre,good atmosphere and definitely worthy of its own city break
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Dan Mc
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Given this is a free tour of what is, in effect, a council building, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, it was so grand inside, it was well worth the visit. One of the others in our tour group asked to use the lift and that was easily accommodated, so don't be afraid to go on this tour if you can't easily climb the stairs; they'll make it work for you too!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Beverley M
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this
    I chose to do this tour based on the amazing photos I had seen online. Even so, it exceeded expectations. Margaret, our tour guide, was both extremely knowledgeable about the building and absolutely committed to ensuring that everyone had a fantastic experience. I have some mobility issues and she went out of her way to ensure that I was accommodated and had access to a lift instead of the stairs. That said, every room on the tour (about an hour) was even more breathtaking than the last. It was an amazing experience and completely free. Not to be missed.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 12, 2024
  • Kevin G
    Regina, Canada5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    We did the free tour of Glasgow City Chambers building at 10:30 am. We picked up our tickets at 10:00 opening time and then went out and toured George Square and came back before 10:30 for the tour. The building is incredible to see. The tour guide Margaret had a great deal of information about the building. Well worth it.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 23, 2024
  • Ros
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing guided tour
    Last month I visited the City chambers located in the center of Glasgow together with my class and it was a truly positive experience for everyone. When we arrived in the building we were kindly welcomed by the staff who immediately introduced us to our guide. The 45 minute tour was very interesting and well argued, we were shown some very fascinating rooms and objects. My class mates and I were very enthusiastic because the palace is really lovely to visit and the staff is very friendly. I highly recommend this stop if you are in Glasgow because I'm sure you won't regret it. But remember to book your free tour on the Glasgow council website. Very pleasant experience, highly recommended.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 4, 2024
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Ros
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Last month I visited the City chambers located in the center of Glasgow together with my class and it was a truly positive experience for everyone.
When we arrived in the building we were kindly welcomed by the staff who immediately introduced us to our guide.
The 45 minute tour was very interesting and well argued, we were shown some very fascinating rooms and objects.
My class mates and I were very enthusiastic because the palace is really lovely to visit and the staff is very friendly. I highly recommend this stop if you are in Glasgow because I'm sure you won't regret it.
But remember to book your free tour on the Glasgow council website.
Very pleasant experience, highly recommended.
Written June 4, 2024
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Malgorzata
12,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Glasgow City Chambers is situated just off George Square, the central square in the heart of Glasgow. It houses the seat of Glasgow City Council. Stunning building when you walk inside you will be suprised at the decor. The staircase is marble and really impressive . Beautiful Victorian civic building. Built in the years 1882–1888. Staff friendly and helpful. Very beautiful interior , must visit when you are in Glasgow.
Written October 11, 2020
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Norman J
Woking, UK528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Much of the City Chambers is closed to the public as a working government building but the ground floor is well worth a visit. The ornamentation screams the glory of 19th century Glasgow. Very visitor friendly and a free brochure on entry. Highly recommended.
Written May 9, 2022
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Coco
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We went to the City Chambers as a group of retired professionals on a weekday morning. Guided by the knowledgeable ’William’ it was nearly two hours filled with interest and wonderful views of this 19th century building. The Grand Ballroom was unavailable that day but it didn’t detract from a lovely day out.. Thank you from the ‘FROGS’ of Fairlie.
Written September 25, 2023
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Beverley M
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I chose to do this tour based on the amazing photos I had seen online. Even so, it exceeded expectations. Margaret, our tour guide, was both extremely knowledgeable about the building and absolutely committed to ensuring that everyone had a fantastic experience. I have some mobility issues and she went out of her way to ensure that I was accommodated and had access to a lift instead of the stairs. That said, every room on the tour (about an hour) was even more breathtaking than the last. It was an amazing experience and completely free. Not to be missed.
Written April 12, 2024
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Dan Mc
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Given this is a free tour of what is, in effect, a council building, I wasn't sure what to expect.

However, it was so grand inside, it was well worth the visit.

One of the others in our tour group asked to use the lift and that was easily accommodated, so don't be afraid to go on this tour if you can't easily climb the stairs; they'll make it work for you too!

Written December 21, 2023
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JHA
Sheffield, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
The building is lovely but you’re not allowed past the first floor and there are no tours. The whole experience shouldn’t take past 15-20 minutes. Best to pass by and check it out if you’re already in the area instead of planning a visit there.
Written April 6, 2022
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Kevin G
Regina, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We did the free tour of Glasgow City Chambers building at 10:30 am. We picked up our tickets at 10:00 opening time and then went out and toured George Square and came back before 10:30 for the tour. The building is incredible to see. The tour guide Margaret had a great deal of information about the building. Well worth it.
Written May 23, 2024
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GibGrub
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The City Chambers is well worth a visit. Stunning building. Margaret in the entrance desk was so helpful. She was a joy to deal with and helped source the information I was looking for. Thanks Margaret!
Written July 6, 2022
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northants90
Northampton, UK3,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Located on George’s Square this is really beautiful part of town. The main square of the city with the city building and statue taking centre stage. Lots of bars and restaurants surround the square. Great place to visit and perfect for people watchers too.
Written July 3, 2021
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