From the Calton to the Riot Act

Walking Tour

Bridgeton Cross Umbrella 1 Bridgeton Cross G40 1BN

A walk through some of the most significant radical history sites in Glasgows East City Centre, highlighting often forgotten sites and people in the shaping of Glasgows Red Clydeside .


Welcome to a walk through Glasgow East End and city centre. You will stop at sites and memorials marking some of the most prominent socialist, radical and trade union traditions of the city, from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Your guides will restore for you the history of sites and personalities that earned Glasgow its reputation as Red Clydeside.

From Jimmy Maxtons Bridgeton, you will go via the Calton Weavers burial place and the Templeton Memorial Gates to the citys iconic Glasgow Green. Here youll see the Peoples Palace and a Chartist monument before visiting a reformers house and a revolutionarys platform. Then its on to the former Scottish Daily News cooperative, an anarchist print shop, ending in George Square, where Nelson Mandela danced and scene of the 1919 40-hour week strike riot!

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: In both walks you are offered penetrating illustrations of Glasgows Industrial Heritage, and the pioneering role of the workers who built it.

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Tour Times

Tue 2pm; 2 hours

Advanced Booking Essential

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.

Spaces are limited per person.

Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.

If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.


No Disabled Access
No age limit. But must frequently keep pace with pedestrian traffic and road crossings. Robust footwear recommended.


Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Bridgeton

Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply



Scottish Labour History Society & Glasgow Friends of May Day

0141 423 2952

[email protected]



From the Calton to the Riot Act

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From the Calton to the Riot Act
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