Armchair tour of city's sites

THEY are some of the best known buildings in Glasgow and now it is possible to tour them from the comfort of your armchair.

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Audio tours are available for some of Glasgow's best-known buildings
Audio tours are available for some of Glasgow's best-known buildings

A team of experts has created audio tours of the City Chambers, Clydeport, Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis, Glasgow School of Art, St Andrew's in the Square, St Vincent Street Church and the Gallery of Modern Art.

The project is to compliment the Wee Doors Open Day, which is taking place on Wednesday, July 23.

It aims to provide an opportunity for visitors and locals to tune in and learn about some of the city's dramatic architecture during Games time. Listeners are able to download the audio tour and choose the recordings they want to listen to.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: "Glasgow city centre is blessed with many great and interesting buildings and a tour such as this gives everyone taking part a new perspective on our architectural heritage."

Torsten Haak, director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust, said: "The Wee Doors Open event and audio tour will help to encourage people to learn more about Glasgow's built environment in a fun, engaging and accessible way."

The Open Day event will involve 18 landmark building across the city.

They will showcase Glasgow's hidden heritage from the city's oldest music hall to the shipbuilding industry.

And two free buses will ferry passengers from the city centre to Glasgow Gurdwara, the Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls.

A free ferry over the Clyde will link the Tall Ship at Riverside Museum with Govan Old Church and Fairfield Shipyard offices.

Pauline McCloy-Turtle, ­National Doors Open Days co-ordinator for the Scottish Civic Trust, said: "Glasgow's Wee Doors Open Day offers an early glimpse to some wonderful examples of the city's buildings and is a perfect taster of what is to come later in the year."

Copies of the Wee Doors Open Day leaflets, including a map, are available in all city libraries and from the Tobacco Merchant's House in Miller Street.

To access the audio tour, go to

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