George Square


Stately George Sq is the civic centre of Glasgow, dominated by the town hall – City Chambers – on the eastern side. The large open space is dignified by statues of famous folk from Glasgow and the surrounding area, including Robert Burns, James Watt and Sir John Moore, and, atop a column, Sir Walter Scott. A pair of charismatic lions guards the war memorial.

Seen World War Z? Some of the Pittsburgh scenes were filmed at this spot in Glasgow.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Glasgow attractions

1. City Chambers

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The grand seat of local government was built in the 1880s at the high point of Glasgow's wealth. The interior is even more extravagant than the exterior,…

2. Gallery of Modern Art

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This contemporary art gallery features modern works from local and international artists, housed in a graceful neoclassical building. The original…

3. Hutcheson's Hall

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This noble Merchant City edifice was built in 1805 as a hospital and a school for the poor with a bequest from the brothers whose statues stand in the…

4. Trades Hall

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Designed by Robert Adam in 1791 to house the trades guild, this is one of Merchant City's most notable buildings, with its dignified neoclassical facade…

5. Tobacco Exchange

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The solid Tobacco Exchange flanks pretty Virginia Court. Sugar and tobacco were traded here in the 18th and 19th centuries.

6. The Lighthouse

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Mackintosh’s first building, designed in 1893, was a striking new headquarters for the Glasgow Herald. Tucked up a narrow lane off Buchanan St, it now…

7. Daily Record Building


This narrow lane seems no showcase for a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, but here it is. The former headquarters of the Daily Record tabloid now…

8. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

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This extraordinary mechanical theatre is located at the Trongate 103 arts centre. Russian sculptor and mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, now resident in Scotland…