As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow couldn’t be more different to the winding cobbled alleys, green cliffs and medieval architecture of its eternal rival Edinburgh. Once heavily industrialised, the Scottish city has long forgotten its grey past and has completely transformed into the blooming cultural hub that it is now. It will come as no surprise that Glasgow was recently named the top cultural and creative centre in the UK by the European Commission.
One of the creative initiatives by the Glasgow City Council that provides an excellent way to explore the city is the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, an unmissable display of graffiti works by local and international artists that bring to life the once empty façades. This is perhaps one of the most attractive ways of discovering Glasgow’s buzzy charm.
Jump to see the Glasgow Mural Trail map.
With the largest contemporary art scene in the UK outside of London, Glasgow has flourished with museums, galleries and a rich collection of street art. Since 2014, the Glasgow Mural Trail has brought empty walls back to life and brightened up otherwise forgotten spots of the city. There’s a mural for all tastes – quirky, thought-provoking, radical, anti-establishment and of course, plenty of Glasgow-related ones!
Artists are continuously adding projects to the mural trail so there’s always a new one popping up somewhere around the city. The Glasgow City Mural Trail includes individual pieces by Smug One, Guido van Helten, Klingatron, Rogue One, Art Pistol and Stormie Mills. Plenty of collaborations between some of these artists can also be spotted.
Of course, I couldn’t go to Glasgow and not include our guide to the Glasgow Mural Trail. And to make it even better, our start and finish points are really close to my favourite brunch place in Glasgow, and the famous Tennents Brewery. So why not start your day with some tasty food at Single-end (vegan and veggie dishes galore) and end this trail with a cold pint? You can thank me later!
Glasgow Mural Trail map
Follow our Glasgow Mural Trail map below, from Klingatron’s “Glasgow’s Crocodile“, through Glasgow city centre, to the Tennents mural outside the newly opened visitor centre. Make sure you zoom in to see the exact location of each mural too.
Glasgow Mural Trail highlights
Below are all the murals marked on our map above:
- Glasgow’s Crocodile
- Charing Cross Birds
- The Lost Giant
- Shadow Hand Puppets
- Crazy Cat Lady
- The Musician
- The Gallery
- The Swimmer
- Glasgow’s Tiger
- Dr Connolly I presume?
- The world’s most economical taxi
- Honey…I shrunk the kids
- Wind Power
- Glasgow’s Panda
- Are ye dancin’?
- Argyle Street Cafe
- Billy Connolly
- The Clutha
- Study of a woman in black
- Study of a woman in black (2)
- Space Man
- Fellow Glasgow Residents
- Strathclyde University
- St Enoch and Child
- St Mungo
We hope you enjoy exploring Glasgow and hunting down the murals!
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