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The Trades Hall of Glasgow

Built 1794, 1837-8, 1888
85 Glassford Street, Glasgow
G1 1UH

This is a fantastic opportunity to freely explore or be shown around Trades Hall, the only remaining Robert Adam building in Glasgow, full of architectural delights, historic paintings and artefacts with its own museum describing its fascinating history.

In 1791, Adam was commissioned to design a new Trades Hall on Glassford Street as a meeting place for the 14 Incorporated Crafts of Glasgow. He worked on Trades Hall at the very end of his career but sadly died two years before its completion. His brothers, James and William, were responsible for finishing the building which opened in 1794.

There are four beautiful stained glass windows, and the magnificent Grand Hall has a stunning ceiling with a seven metre dome containing the Coat of Arms of the 14 Incorporations and their mottos and a 64 metres (210 feet) frieze painted by Belgian artists shortly after the Boer War. The Museum, originally a Free Trade School, contains interesting artefacts donated by the 14 Crafts, some dating back to 1500.

Tel: 01415522418

Other Information


Nearest Train and/or Subway: Glasgow Queen Street/Argyll Street
Parking: Parking: No – Parking Vouchers are available for the Glasshouse NCP Car Park in Glassford Street cost £7 for 24 hours. Pick up when visiting Trades Hall.


Physical Access to Building: Limited Access (only part of the building is fully accessible (e.g. ground floor is wheelchair accessible but other areas are only accessible via stairs – please explain below)
Further details: All areas are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the Deacon Convener’s Suite and Library which are up two flights of stairs. Please note that whilst we do everything possible to make your visit to Trades Hall as accessible as possible, the building is very old which unfortunately limits accessibility to some areas.


Organisation Information:

Trades House is a charity focusing on both Educational Initiatives and supporting people in need. We give donations of more than £750,000 annually to deserving causes and individuals.

To achieve this we have built strong relationships with establishments from nurseries to universities working to motivate and assist those in learning from pre-schoolers to apprentices. We also work closely with third sector groups to ensure the donations and funds we distribute are given to worthwhile causes and the individuals that will benefit the most.

Visit This Building

Saturday and Sunday @ 10am till 4pm – No booking necessary

Tours Saturday and Sunday @ 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30 pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm – Booking essential 

Tour duration: 1 hour