Glasgow Central Tours aims to open up not just the history of Glasgow Central Station but also connect it with the great social history of Glasgow and its people. Glasgow Central Station is far more than just a transportation hub for passengers. It has been a meeting point for countless romances, a crossroads of historical events and the first sight of Glasgow for millions.
Glasgow Central Station Historian and Senior Tour Guide Paul Lyons, brings all this to the tours. He will transport you through time with powerful story telling. Using his famous ‘Glesga Patter’, he weaves in and around major historical events of not only Glasgow and Scotland but also the World, all of which have a Glasgow Central Station connection. Prepare to be informed, moved, and entertained on Glasgow’s number one tour.
Glasgow Central Station was opened by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 on the north bank of the River Clyde. There were eight platforms linked by a railway bridge over Argyle Street to Bridge Street station on the south bank of the river. At its earliest the station was congested and in 1890 a temporary solution, that of expanding the bridge over Argyle Street and constructing a n additional station platform, was completed. However it took until 1901 before further development work on the station took place to solve the congestion problem. A solution that works well to this day.
Glasgow Central Station is the larger of the two present main-line railway terminals in Scotland’s largest city and is currently one of 17 UK stations managed by Network Rail. With over 38.9 million passenger entries and exits between April 2011 and March 2012, Glasgow Central is the busiest in Scotland and the second busiest outside London. Glasgow Central Station is registered as a Category A listed building under the Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas (Scotland) Act 1997.
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On the Glasgow Central Tour you will be given an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Glasgow Central Station. You will walk in subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow’s streets, visit railway vaults that drove Glasgow’s industrial expansion to become ‘The Second City of The British Empire’, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station.