Explore Glasgow’s Oldest Buildings During Doors Open Days


During Glasgow Doors Open Days you can visit a wealth of historical and significant buildings. Here we’ve put together 8 of the OLDEST buildings that you can visit. Nearly all of them do not require booking, you can just show up!

1. Provand’s Lordship (1471)

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The house was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas’s Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow. As the only house to survive the medieval city of Glasgow, this building is a historical MUST SEE!

There is no booking required for the tours in the building that are on during opening hours:

Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm
Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm

For information on how to get to this building, click here!

2. Glasgow Cathedral (1197)

Glasgow Cathedral Nave and West Window 3

Glasgow Cathedral Exterior © Historic Scotland
Glasgow Cathedral is one of Scotland’s only to have survived the reformation in 1560 and is also thought to have been built upon the burial place of St.Mungo. A magnificent and historical building that also requires no booking to join the tours! The opening times are as follows:

Tours available on request (45 minutes duration)
Mon – Sat 10am, 11am, 12pm, 3pm
Sunday –  1pm, 2pm, 3pm

More information is available on our website here






3. Provan Hall (16th century)


A visit to Provan Hall will present you with one of Glasgow’s most historical hidden gems! Both buildings constructed in the 16th are rich with the area’s local past, including tales of Bishops and Queens. Live actors will enchant you with stories!

Saturday  17th and Sunday +18th between 10am – 4pm. Tours are available on request.

More information available here!

4. Pollok House (1752 with alterations in 1888 – 1908)

Pollock House 2

Pollok House is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family. The present house dates from around 1752 and contains one of the finest collections of Spanish art in the United Kingdom together with furniture and furnishings appropriate to an Edwardian country house.

There is no booking required for Pollok House and you can pop in at any time Sunday the 18th between 10am and 5pm!

More information here!

5. St. Andrew’s in the Square (1754)

St Andrew in the Square (c) Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
St.Andrew’s in the Square is an 18th Century Church that has been restored in the heart of Glasgow. This year, St.Andrew’s in the Square is the Festival Hub where you can pop in and get into about what’s going on all week. Open to all visitors Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (except during lunchtime talks 12.30pm – 1.30pm)

To check out our list of talks, see here!

Pop in, learn about the building and find more information about what’s on during Glasgow Doors Open Days 12-18th September!




6. The Tron Theatre
 (1793, 1889, 1999)
Rotation of P9190007 Tron Gate Clock


The 16th century clock tower that fronts the Theatre is one of the oldest surviving landmarks of the historic Merchant City. Join a tour to discover the compelling past and visit areas normally closed to the public including the wardrobe department!

Places for Tron Theatre tours require booking

Tours are available Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm; on the hour: 1 hour duration. Children’s tours 10.30am-3.30pm every hour: 1 hour duration

Tickets can be booked from  www.tron.co.uk 
or 0141 552 4267 or www.tron.co.uk

More information is available here




7. Castlemilk Stables (1790, 2007)

Castlemilk Stables Front Elevation of Principal Range after © Keith Hunter










A fine and rare example of a grand late Georgian stable block and one of the few remnants of the old Castlemilk House and estate. Visit to learn about the people who lived and worked in the Stables, the surrounding woodland and the restoration.

There is no booking required for access to this building and the opening times are as follows:

Wed 2pm – 5pm
Thurs 5pm – 7pm
Sat 10am – 4pm

More information found on our website here!

8. The Trades Hall of Glasgow (1794, 1837 – 8, 1888)

Trades Hall of Glasgow

Use of Glasgow’s Trades Hall dates back to 1794 as a meeting place for the 14 Incorporated Trades of Glasgow. Visit this magnificent, stunning and historic building and discover its importance in the city today!

There is no booking required to attend tours for this building and opening times are as follows:

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

More information found here!