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Glasgow - A Stroll around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A Stroll around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

(12 reviews)
Glasgow West End, Glasgow, United Kingdom
30 mins

About the tour

Join me on a stroll around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the leafy West End of Glasgow. Designed by Sir J.W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen and opened in 1901; the Kelvingrove is now a category A listed building. This means it is a building of special architectural or historical interest and an outstanding example of a particular period, style or building type. Having 22 galleries and displaying over 8,000 objects and paintings, Kelvingrove is one of the top tourist attractions of Scotland. Paintings by artists such as Avril Paton, Salvador Dali, Claude Monet and Sir Henry Raeburn are some of the highlights of the collection. Children like Sir Roger the elephant, the sarcophagus of Pa-Ba-Sa or the Armour in the Italian Art gallery. Very attractive are also the Mackintosh and Glasgow Style gallery and the collection of paintings by the Glasgow Boys. But today we will only see the museum from outside; we will have a glimpse of the Kelvinhall building from 1927 across the street and briefly stroll into Kelvingrove Park where we will see the amazing building of the University of Glasgow in the distance.

Meet your local guide


Starting out in the Black Forest, Sven was living in Berlin and London before moving to Glasgow in 2010. Being interested in cities, museums, architecture, anthropology and photography he studied Art History and Sociology at the Open University in London and Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow, from where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2013. Between 2014 and 2018 he was Heritage Officer at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society in Glasgow. It is in this role he started to offer walking tours. After living for nine month in Barcelona he returned to Glasgow just before lockdown.

Sven has been guiding since Aug 2014

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Glasgow with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Glasgow. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Violet W.

10 April 2021

Unfortunately the building was closed as we knew it would be, therefore it would have been better if he had included information regarding the surrounding area and buildings instead of just sayo.g they were not included in this tour. As it was a lot of the information regarding the gallery came from the tour participants. Perhaps a 'local' guide would have been able to add more of a local flavour and information to the tour. Also I couldn't understand the recommendation of the 'famous restaurant'. Yes it is well known in that area but he did not give any on depth history as to why. From an architectural standpoint Sven can give information but did not portray the unofficial motto 'people make Glasgow'.

Kevin T.

08 April 2021

Really enjoyed this tour, the guide Sven was very interactive, professional and knowledgeable. He deserved my good tip :)

Edwin W.

08 April 2021

Lovely tour today.

Tasos K.

08 April 2021

Excellent tour

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07 April 2021

Great job!

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