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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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  • Such impressive architecture. This building is amazing. Simply stand in George Square and admire the view. It even looks amazing in the poring rain.  more »
  • This standard of marble floors and ballastrads, mosaics, and architectural integrity was seldom seen after the Renaissance, and a couple hundred years extra wear can show.  more »
  • By visiting Gasglow, which visitarás the square George Square where is located City Chambers.
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  • FREE tours are available at 10.30 and 2.30 weekdays. Ask at reception desk half an hour before a tour starts as tickets are on a first come first served basis. Very interesting tour with knowledgeable guides. 3 storey Marble staircase very impressive ...the Vatican only has a 2 storey marble staircase!
  • I grew up in Scotland, but never saw this magnificent building. It rivals the best in London and Europe. Thank you Google for letting me see it.
  • They send thousands of penalty notices for bus lanes in Glasgow to Car rental companies. If you are a tourist and rent a car in Glasgow they will send you a fee for entering the bus lanes (you should be very lucky to notice and understand how you should drive in Glasgow center to avoid these lanes and hidden cameras) . On top of that your rental company (Europcar for instance) will charge you with a fee just for receiving a fee in their name!!! That's incredible! You'll end up spending hundreds of pounds just for renting a car in Glasgow. That's how they treat their tourists! Good job City Council and Glasgow's Car Rental Companies I hope that you gain a lot by destroying Scotland's tourism!
  • Speedy Shaun disapproves. The government are slags, ma da wis working on the oil rigs when they made him redundent, goverments faiult, thersea may needs to go, as well as that granny-bashing niclda stourgeon.
  • Glasgow City Council should hang their heads in shame - they organise events in the City centre and do not give any consideration to the people who work in and around George Sq. I work in Queen St. night shift and for example the bike ride that is on today 27/8/17 - the streets are closed from 6am - 6pm I finish at 8am and I have had to move my car to half way along Duke St to avoid being stuck in the city centre or worse, my car being lifted to who knows where?. It's a disgrace - there are plenty of parks and stadiums that should be used for events - the people who work and live in the city centre should not be inconvenienced by these closures, which seems to be on every other weekend. Glasgow City Council need to get their act together.

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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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