Merchant's House

Merchant's House, Glasgow: Hours, Address, Merchant's House Reviews: 4.5/5

Merchant's House
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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annronnie
Belfast, UK3 contributions
Nov 2019
Convenient for city centre.
Beautiful, well-maintained building.
Stained glass interesting. Also historical value.
Written 26 November 2019
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Bill R
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,121 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Large building on one of the corners of George Square. Built by the city merchants who made fortunes from the sugar and tobacco trade. All of this underpinned by the slave trade.
Written 6 November 2018
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Helmut
Kirkland, WA4,327 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
Yes, it was a nice building. But I would not call it memorable. While it is a great place for the dinner event we had, I do not think I would otherwise be tempted to visit...
Written 19 October 2018
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK918 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Like others,I have admired the exterior of this building and gazed up at the 'Ship and Globe' above the Dome.
Built in 1877, the elegant John Burnet interior can only be viewed if you are lucky enough to attend a function here or to be involved with the Merchants House organisation itself .
However on 'Open Sesame' or rather Glasgow Doors Open 2018, all was revealed.
Opulent marble staircase, stained glass ,ornate ceilings and panelled walls bearing names of generous donors past and present.
The welcome was as splendid as the surroundings. Excellent video intro, leaflets and volunteers in each stately room ready to answer our questions. The Lord Dean and other members of the Board spoke of the history of this famous house and its charitable role right up to present day - sounds boring? Wrong. These highly entertaining speakers could be on 'Newsnight'- it really is how you tell the story and they told it well !
Funds are not just given to individuals in need but to a range of charitable institutions in the City. Obviously quite a portion of the profits from the events hosted here are channelled into the charity.
Hopefully the doors will open again next September or even more hopefully you can attend a function or concert here. Anyone cancels, I shall be happy to take a seat in that fine 'Grand Hall'
Written 29 September 2018
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pharming_48
Halifax, Canada359 contributions
Sep 2018 • Business
Attended a private event and the room was full of Scottish/Glasgoian history. Listened to a history of the building past and present. Piping in of the Haggis. Quality food and service!
Written 23 September 2018
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MOUMAR09
Winchester, UK128 contributions
May 2017
Recent renovation has highlighted the grand scale and classy decoration of this old building. 18th century charity boards and paintings line the walls of the great hall, while a smaller room has Georgian touches, and overall there is a feel of something very lovely available for many uses.
Written 13 May 2017
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MIB-53
Larkhall, UK629 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
This place is right in the heart of the City, but the exterior gives no clue to what the inside holds.

Have been to a number of events here, the place hold years of the History of the Glasgow Merchants.

I will have to arrange a tour the next time I visit.

Dining in the main hall you can feel a great sense of history and opulence. With the name of past Merchants and their bequests to the city on every wall.

Well worth a visit.
Written 10 December 2016
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Amin A
Repton, UK1,978 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
Architectural beauty. A beautiful building over looking the square. History dates back to 17th century. Didn't go inside because I couldn't find the entrance. I assume it is not open to the public, at least not today. Still lovely to see it abd read about it.
Written 26 November 2016
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Sarah Garden
Glasgow, UK1,556 contributions
Jul 2016
Architecturally interesting merchants house from the golden age of glasgows expansion. Stunning interior reveals a darker history in slaves and tobacco trade. Interesting but slightly elitist. Not always open to the public but worth a visit. Open on yeh annual open doors day weekend.
Written 16 July 2016
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CHILL617
Boston, MA809 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I had a great tour from Ted as he was nice to showing me around. I have to go back to US tomorrow so he was able to accommodate me. I missed the open doors day when is when you usually see this merchant house. Brochure was very informative too!
Written 5 October 2015
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Merchant's House is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00