George Square, Glasgow

Queen Victoria, George Square, Glasgow

The largest open space in central Glasgow, George Square, laid out in 1781 and named after George III, may be considered the centre of the city itself. In 1837 it was crowned by Glasgow’s tribute to the great Edinburgh novelist, Sir Walter Scott: an eighty-foot high Doric column surmounted by a statue – the first to be raised to Scott. Around him, closer to ground level, are other immortals, including Burns, Watt, Livingstone and Peel. It is a traditional treat for Glaswegian children to be taken to see ‘the statues’ for the first time. On the right-hand side, to the east, are the buildings of the City Chambers, built in 1883-8 by William Young in Italian Renaissance style. Backing away at the top left of the square is Queen Street Station, and its track, running to the north and east of the country, can be seen disappearing through the tunnel behind it.


George Square is a must-see attraction on any Scotland tour to Glasgow, contact Ireland and Scotland Luxury tours now to organise your visit.