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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to City Chambers by using our Glasgow trip builder site .
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  • I needed to go on the tour as I walk past regularly but have never been in. Much more impressive on the inside than it looks on the outside. Huge amount of Italian Marble on the 3 floor staircase and ...  more »
  • If you're a fan of architecture, you do not want to miss visiting the City Chambers in Glasgow. A stunning building both outside and inside, the amount of detailed work (stone, wood, etc) in the build...  more »
  • They do 2 free tours of the building at 10.30 and 2.30 Monday to Friday, and you do not book, simply turn up 30 minutes beforehand. Alas, when we turned up on 20th March for the 2.30 tour, we were tol...  more »
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  • Amazing building.They do 2 free tours of the building at 10.30 and 2.30 Monday to Friday, and you do not book, simply turn up 30 minutes beforehand. Alas, when we turned up for the 2.30 tour, we were told that it had been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances but We were allowed instead to wander freely on the ground floor as a taste of what we missed so that was okay. The building opened in 1889 with gorgeous Italian marble staircases, and, appears to be exceedingly well maintained. Please leave a like.
  • The worst council i have dealt with ever. GC bullied private owners to pay out eye-watering £45k on renovation under S30 without offering grant despite pleas. The renovation lasted over two years while property was not habitable, yet the Council only gave 6 months' Council Tax exemption. Finally decided to cut all ties with Glasgow council and sold the house, now being chased for Council Tax for the period after the property was sold. I provided all proofs and solicitor contacts on three occasions, yet I am still bombarded with their threatening bills! Absolutely a disgrace!
  • Just one stunning building when you walk inside you will be suprised at the decor. The staircase is marble and the biggest in Europe. That alone is worth visiting the Building. there is tours you need to check with local council on opening hours. well worth a visit when your on vacation in Glasgow and its free.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Visitors should try and go on one of the tours, 10.30 & 14.30, daily. There are on a first come first served basis. At other times visitors can still look around the ground floor.
  • Great place to visit. Open to general public daily at certain times. Please check.
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