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City Chambers, Glasgow

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Government Building Architectural Building
Take a free guided tour of City Chambers, a historic building dominating George Square and housing the Glasgow City Council. An eminent example of Victorian civic architecture, the building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 based on a competition-winning design by architect William Young. Officially opened for business by Queen Victoria, the building hosted its first council meeting in October of 1889. The exterior features sculptures by artist James Alexander Ewing, who designed the central Jubilee Pediment in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The interior includes a grand staircase made of marble and alabaster, with a ceiling decorated in gold leaf and topped by a stained-glass dome. Daily tours of the site conclude on the upper gallery, offering a detailed look at the iconic dome. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Glasgow holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the City Chambers and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The interior of this building is beyond words - the beauty of the marble and the mock-marble is amazing. And the tour is free. It would have been better if the tour groups were kept to a maximum amoun...  more »
  • We popped in here as we heard they offer free tours. it was our last day and had left our cases at the station, only a minute or two walk away. A must see! Lovely architecture inside, definitely did n...  more »
  • The interior of City Chambers is opulent. I don't know if this is true, but somebody told me that the inside has been used in a film to represent the Vatican and indeed I think they would have got awa...  more »
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  • The building is gorgeous. Was quite excited to see the interior after somebody mentioned how beautiful it was. It is beautiful, very beautiful. However, the on staff receptionist was quite rude. Looking at the reviews, I'd guess this is a familiar experience.
  • (For Tourists) gorgeous interior design to peek at. When planning your day around, you can leave a short 30 min time for a public tour that they host twice per day (10:30am & 2:30pm, Monday~Friday). Come by and ask the receptionist about the availability of the tour! Easy to plan and learn a little something about this gorgeous space!
  • Absolutely useless. When i phoned, every option I selected kept telling me to go on the website and every time I spoke with a real person when pressing "all other enquiries" They had absolutely no idea how to get me through to the place I needed. terrible. I phoned again and the woman told me that there was nothing to do because that was the way that they set it up, so my options were to follow the options or go on the website. No help what so ever for someone who doesn't know what they are doing.
  • Receptionist was rude and ignorant. Keot sighing and so unhelpful. Evetually put me through to education services and chap i spoke to was lovely and tried to help but would have had put me through to reception again. No way i was stressed enough with her first time round !!! A BRIGHT AND HELPFUL MANNER GOES ALONG WAY WHEN A RECEPTIONST....... SOMEONE PLEASE TELL HER !!!+
  • Crazy beautiful building, like a civic Versailles. Staff very helpful and patient. Free to walk in tour twice a day.

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Glasgow's revitalized city center offers outstanding accommodations--along with some of the finest shopping outside London. Considered one of the finest Victorian cities in Britain, Glasgow is renowned for its centrally located hotels. Spacious rooms overlook the historical city center, and award-winning restaurants and trendy cafes occupy the lower levels. Farther away from the central areas, which are often noisy and crowded with tourists, is a world of small B&Bs and guesthouses. These considerably cheaper options offer quality lodging in quiet neighborhoods less frequented by weekend revelers and rowdy nightlife lovers.
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