Merchant City

Glasgow Walks: Merchant City

Glasgow has a rich history and no where celebrates that more than the Merchant City. It was a district that in recent decades fell into disrepair. However over the last twenty years there has been a great investment into the area. Old abandoned warehouses were converted into offices, theatres, restaurants and bars, accommodation and much more. This walk will also give you a brief history of the tobacco merchants who gave Glasgow a worldwide name in terms of trade especially in sugar and tobacco. As one of Student Tours Scotland's favourite parts of the city you'll sure to hear many tales as you venture around.

Photos from previous "Merchant City" walks

January 2013: HERE

August 2013: HERE

History of the Merchant City

While on this walk take the time to listen to your Student Tours Scotland guide as they relate each place to the history of the area. The Merchant City has a grim history of links with the slave trade and the tobacco and sugar industries. Although not always positive the history of the area has often championed change - from helping to stop the trade in human slaves to redeveloping abandoned warehouses into a modern living and working environment.

Unique Architecture

The walk will pass many buildings of importance in the Merchant City (and some of Student Tours Scotland's favourite ones) - often key buildings in the history of Glasgow. These include the tobacco merchant houses and mansions of Royal Exchange Square, Mitchell Street and beyond; the galleries both old and new; George Square and it's stunning buildings and the unique public art displays hiding around the district as well.

Pubs and Cafes

Glasgow's Merchant City is also home to some of the best hidden places for drinking, eating and going out. Student Tours Scotland will do it's best to show of some of these fantastic hidden gems as you travel around.


The golden rule with every Student Tours Scotland trip is to have fun. No exceptions. To do this you will need to take some information into account. Remember that Scotland has ‘interesting’ weather. It can be beautifully sunny one minute and then raining the next. It can be cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon. Every day is different. You need to be prepared. Always dress for the rain and the cold. Wear good shoes or at least a pair you are comfortable in. You can always leave things on the coach if the weather allows.

Remember your camera. The scenery in Scotland is among the most beautiful in the world. You won’t want to miss out on those precious memories.

If you have a smartphone or device with internet access remember to bring it with you. There will be social media competitions along the way.

Most importantly stay safe. Listen to your guide. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe when out and about. If you follow the advice and signs then you will be sure to have fun.