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The Merchant City is Glasgow’s historical and cultural
hub and is located in the eastern part of the city

History and today

Glasgow’s historic heart, the Merchant City, has always been at the forefront of the city’s history from St Mungo, who founded Glasgow at the Cathedral, to the eponymous City Merchants’ who grew the city’s once vast prosperity, to leading arts and cultural entrepreneurs now spearheading the current city renaissance. Today the area is witnessing a remarkable rebirth. Previously redundant historic buildings now house cutting edge theatres and galleries interspersed with shops, cafes and restaurants. A growing local residential community, the civic focus of the seat of local government, together with the strong presence of university and academic campuses on its fringes complete the diverse picture – Merchant City – Glasgow’s foremost mixed use quarter.

Where is the Merchant City?   Directions pdf

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History of the Merchant City

Summon any historic view of Glasgow and it will most likely be of the Merchant City. To find out more about how this area developed click here 

Merchant City History pdf

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Merchant City Public Art Trail

Newly launched this walking tour takes in many of the city’s finest public art from the 17th Century to the present day and encompasses traditional sculpture, decorative art and contemporary installations.  

Merchant City Trail pdf

Obscure History leaflet

The Obscure History

From colourful characters to the grisly murder of a flea the Merchant City has a plethora of rich tales and sinister stories. See our Obscure History Guide  

Obscure History pdf

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The Merchant City Today

Characterised by buzzing bars, award wining restaurants, design shops and artist galleries, step into your high heels or take to your trainers and enjoy a tour around the area’s attractions. Find out more on the Merchant City Tourism and Marketing Group website