University of Glasgow

Walking Tour of the University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow.

During my trip to Scotland, I knew that our time in Glasgow would be limited. In what little research I did, I knew that if it were at all possible, I wanted to see the University of Glasgow.


After my mother and I visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which I shared about in this post, we decided that we were close enough to walk up to the University of Glasgow.

We left the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum when it closed at 5:00 p.m.

Walking to the University.

We could see the tower, but following Google maps was a little tricky since the campus is spread out. We ended up crossing the River Kelvin and entering through the South Gate. The climb up Dumbarton Way was steadily uphill and quite strenuous after an entire day of walking.

I ended up with so many photos that today will be an exterior walk.


The University of Glasgow. It is the fourth oldest University in the United Kingdom and the second oldest in Scotland.

The University of Glasgow also has more listed buildings than any other University in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1451 by a charter or papal bull from Pope Nicholas V, at the suggestion of King James II, the original campus was located in the city’s High Street.

The University relocated to Gilmorehill in 1870 and this was the location of the building that I was hoping to see.

The Gilbert Scott building is named after its designer, Sir George Gilbert Scott. He designed many of the University’s buildings during the Gothic Revival movement of the late 19th century.

He died before the building was finished, but his son John Oldrid Scott completed the building in 1891.

The tower is a Glasgow landmark and stands 278 feet high.

Once we made it to the top, we rested at a bench by the University Flagpole. There are great views of the city and from here we could see the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and how far uphill that we had come.

After resting a bit, and planning how we were going to make it back to the hotel after such a long day, I decided to explore a few more doorways.

Travel Tip.

The University offers guided tours and even lists a self-guided tour. Unfortunately, I did not find out about that until much later. If I’ve learned anything about traveling, it’s to do a lot more research on the front end. Since this part of the trip was due to the last minute change in plans, there isn’t much I could have changed about this visit.

However, I did get lucky and stumble upon the architectural masterpiece that was the original catalyst in my desire to visit this building.

I saw some people walk through this entrance and decided to see where it led.

…Be still my heart.

Check back tomorrow afternoon when I take you through this entrance of the University of Glasgow and show you what was on the other side.

Walking Tour of the University of Glasgow



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16 thoughts on “University of Glasgow

  1. I’m always staggered by the dates and ages of architecture, charters, etc in the UK and Europe. 1451! It makes our history insignificant in comparison.

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