One of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks

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


Tour FAQs

Yes, the minimum age is 12 years old. Children aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult and there is a maximum of three 12-15 year old children per accompanying adult.

The Glasgow Central tour meeting point is located on the left hand side of Boots in the main concourse. 

Safety on the railways is of absolute importance. The tour allows access to operational areas and, as such, you must follow the exact instruction of the tour guide. You will be issued with safety clothing and must wear it at all times.

Please ensure you wear sturdy, sensible footwear (no open toed shoes or any heels).  Failure to follow any of these instructions may mean that you will be unable to attend the tour.

No, all tickets are non refundable. The email confirmation of a booking will set out the details of the tour tickets purchased and the total amount paid, including the booking reference number (“booking reference”).  Once this confirmation has been sent, the ticket price is non-refundable. The date and time of a booked and paid for ticket will not be transferable to another date and time. Glasgow Central Tours is not responsible in the event that the User selects the wrong tour when booking tickets via the Web Site, or, for reasons out with the control of Glasgow Central Tours.

No, once a gift voucher has expired the voucher code is disabled on our system and cannot be extended.

This is a unique experience, in one of Scotland’s main operational railway station. Therefore, issues of Health and Safety or operational needs may necessitate certain areas being inaccessible.

You will need to be of reasonable fitness as the tour involves walking for over an hour and there are stairways and steady inclines to ascend and descend.
(there are regular rest breaks throughout the tour.)

Yes, a maximum of 15 person permitted on each tour.

Sturdy, sensible shoes or boots. No high-heels/ stiletto shoes, opened toed sandals or ballet pump type shoes.

Impaired mobility does not rule anyone out from taking the tour and we will do everything reasonably possible to assist mobility impaired persons, in line with Network Rail’s Mobility Assistance Policy. However it must be noted that the tour accesses historical areas of the station that are not suited to wheelchair access or someone who requires to support their full weight on crutches or walking sticks to move through the tour.

No alcohol is allowed on or near the tour.
If someone is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even if consumed prior to tour, they will be removed from the tour and asked to leave the station.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Please allow 2 hours for the whole tour including safety briefing and putting on safety headgear etc.

You should arrive at least ten minutes before the tour time at the designated meeting point.

The tour costs £13 per person.

At this point in time there are no discounts available.

Online bookings are paid using PayPal.
Please note that you do not require a PayPal account to make payment, Select “Checkout at Guest” at the PayPal payment screen where you will be given the option to pay using a credit/debit card.
Cash bookings can also be made by special arrangement at Glasgow Central station.

Safety on the railways is absolutely paramount. You will be issued with safety headgear and a Glasgow Central Tour high visibility Tabard. You must wear these items at all times

Photos may be taken in some areas of the basement, but only with the agreement of the tour guide.

  No video footage is allowed at any point on the tour.

The Tour 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.

Our Tour Guides Paul Lyons and Jackie Ogilvie, bring all this to the tours. They will transport you through time with powerful storytelling. With emotion and humour as the stories weave through 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 20 UK stations managed by Network Rail. With over 32.8 million passenger entries and exits between April 2018 and March 2019, 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.

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Our News

24 Oct


A fantastic collection of images of Glasgow Central taken by Iain Waterston.


many thanks to Iain for spending time with us and providing the photographs.

12 Jul


We are delighted to announce an addition to the Glasgow Central Tours.

The Glasgow Central Tours Penny Press.
Located across from Marks & Spencers next to the Mobility Point.

The Penny Press is a very unique and successful souvenir machine that presses pennies into souvenir elongated coins.
We have 4 Customised designs to choose from.

22 Jan


Listen to Paul Lyons interview by Radio Scotland presenter John Beattie on the story of Glasgow Central Tours.
(Interview starts at approx. 47 minutes into the show.)

21 Dec


Displayed below are the posters created in French, German and Spanish by Bellahouston Academy pupils after their visit to Glasgow Central Station.

14 Nov


The 1879 Central Station. Platform numbers were in reverse order to what they became after the extension.

07 Oct


Shereen Nanjiani interviews Paul Lyons on BBC Radio Scotland Sunday morning guest panel show.

Shereen speaks with Paul Lyons, the man behind the hugely popular behind-the-scenes tours of Glasgow Central Station.

Paul tells Shereen how after 18 years working on the railways, he’s found his true calling not just as tour guide, but custodian of the social history hiding in every nook of the building. Shereen started by asking him when his interest in history began.

First Broadcast on 16th May 2015

06 Oct


Glasgow Central Christmas tree & model railway December 1965

26 Sep


Notice the congestion on the small concourse

23 Sep


Platform 11 Glasgow Central Station 1956. Pilgrims going on the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in France.

22 Sep


The Glasgow Central Station glass roof is one of the world’s largest, with over 48,000 panes of glass.

07 Aug


What a fantastic image of a Clutha ferry bringing passengers into the city centre. It can be seen approaching the first Caledonian Railway lattice bridge that linked the Central Station on the north bank of the river Clyde with Bridge Street Station on the south bank. Built by Sir William Arroll in 1878. The bridge supporting piers were cast iron caissons sunk onto the river bed, in matching pairs, and then filled with concrete to give a solid base upon which to build the granite stonework above the water line. If you look closely you will see a steam engine pulling carraiges across the bridge! The bridge steelwork was removed in 1967 but the  supporting piers remain in place to this day, a testament to outstanding Victorian engineering.

25 Feb


Hear about Britain’s largest ever train disaster, the 1915 Quintinshill rail tragedy and the heartbreaking story of three unidentified Glasgow children, thought to have come from the city’s Maryhill area, who were among those killed in the multi-train crash at Quintinshill.