Trades Hall of Glasgow, The


85 Glassford Street  G1 1UH

Robert Adam, 1794; David Hamilton, 1837-8; James Sellars, 1888

Category A Listed

Use of Glasgows 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. Last entry for tours 3.30pm.

Born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Robert Adam (1728 1792) became one of Scotlands most famous architects. Adam was renowned for his classical designs of fine buildings, country houses, furniture and interiors throughout Britain which were inspired and influenced by Italian classical design and ancient Roman architecture. His more famous commissions include Sion House, Chiswick Park and Kenwood House in London. Apart from the Trades Hall, his most enduring Scottish works include Edinburghs Charlotte Square, the Old College of Edinburgh University and Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. He was Architect of the Kings Works under George III from 1761 to 1768 and was responsible for the layout of Portland Place in London. In 1791, Adam was commissioned to design a new Trades Hall in Glassford Street as a meeting place for the Incorporated Trades and Trades House of Glasgow. Today, the Trades Hall is the only major work by Adam surviving in the city. He worked on the Trades Hall at the very end of his career and died two years before its completion. His brothers, James and William, were responsible for finishing the Trades Hall, which opened in 1794. Robert Adam is buried in Westminster Abbey, London.

Part of the Childrens Programme: Our Craftsmans Gallery museum has a child friendly timeline along the walls along with educational games.

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: Collection of trades and the industries that were key in Glasgow.

Number in Brochure: 35

Opening Times

Sat & Sun 10am 4pm

Tours: available on request; 1/2 hour

Meeting Point: Front foyer


Full Disabled Access


Disabled Toilet
Hearing Loop
Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Queen St, Argyle St and Central Station

Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply
24 hour parking for £4.50 at Glasshouse Car Park on Glassford Street when token is validated in machine in foyer of Trades Hall


0141 552 2418

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Trades Hall of Glasgow, The

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Trades Hall of Glasgow, The
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