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  • Visit the Burrell Collection, which recently underwent a major refurbishment and redisplay

  • Follow the work of key figures including Robert Adam, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and explore the worlds of the Glasgow Boys and Glasgow Girls

  • Take a trip to the Isle of Bute for the lavish Victorian Mount Stuart, and explore Dumfries House, a Palladian mansion featuring an outstanding collection of 18th century furniture

"I learnt a great deal on this tour and found it very enjoyable"

- ACE customer on a 2023 Glasgow: Patrons, Art & Innovation tour

Glasgow has established itself as a vibrant cultural city with activity in every area of the arts, and several of the region’s museums and great country houses have benefitted from major conservation programmes.


The magnificent Burrell Collection, amassed by Sir William Burrell (1861–1958), was bequeathed to the City of Glasgow, and its purpose-built home in the beautiful Pollok Country Park has undergone a major refurbishment. In recent years, the wide-ranging and eclectic collections of fine and decorative art – which include late Gothic and early Renaissance European art, important stained glass and 19th century French painting – have been beautifully redisplayed.


A visit to the Burrell Collection will be at the heart of our tour exploring Glasgow’s artistic highlights. We will consider the art, architecture, crafts and historical collectors of this great industrial city, and also take in the beautiful landscape settings of some of the grand houses of the Scottish aristocracy.


Highlights within Glasgow range from the modern Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, to the splendid and little-known neoclassical interiors of Holmwood House. Outside the city, Dumfries House, rescued from sale and the dispersal of its contents through the intervention of His Majesty The King when Prince of Wales, is a little-altered gem designed by Robert Adam and home to Chippendale furniture made specifically for the house.


Mount Stuart, which we will visit on an excursion to the Isle of Bute, was built for the vastly wealthy 3rd Marquess of Bute, who also counted Dumfries House amongst his numerous properties. The interiors at Mount Stuart reflect the Marquess’s own distinctive taste and the influence of his friend, the architect William Burges, and embody the wonderful craftsmanship of Welsh workshops.


Further highlights of our tour will include a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, focusing on the works of the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists, and tea at the beautifully restored ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’ tearooms.


We will stay throughout at the refurbished four-star Radisson Blu Hotel, a smart and contemporary property conveniently situated in the city centre.


This tour will be led by art history expert Julia Marwood, MA, a lecturer and tour guide specialising in Scottish art as well as the arts of Manchester and Germany. An accredited Arts Society lecturer and guide at Manchester Art Gallery, Julia originally studied at the universities of Durham and Manchester. She has a passion for travel and for sharing the joys of looking at art, and is currently learning Scottish Gaelic.


Tour Director Julia Marwood writes: “There’s nowhere in the world I’d rather visit than Scotland, and Glasgow is one of my favourites places in that endlessly fascinating country. I particularly love the art of the Glasgow Boys, Glasgow Girls and Scottish Colourists, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to show you many examples of their finest work held in the outstanding art collections of this great city.”

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Included: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, six breakfasts, tea at ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’ tearooms, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £495.

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