Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival: 12-18 September 2016

FREE festival getting you behind the scenes in Glasgow. Access to fascinating buildings, city tours, talks, children’s events and more! 12-18 September.
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House for an Art Lover – Empire Exhibition 1938 Tour


Walking Tour

Meeting Point: House for An Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road

Step back in time to 1938 when Bellahouston Park hosted the Empire Exhibition, a colossal modernist celebration of industry, architecture and engineering which attracted 13 million visitors. Tour guide James Winnett will guide you around the park using archive material and digital imagery.

For six months in 1938 Bellahouston Park was transformed into a city of striking modernist architecture, wide boulevards, fountains and other stunning water features. At night the Exhibition shone like a beacon visible for miles around.

Empire Exhibition Tait Tower 2Although over 100 strikingly modern buildings were constructed, including the 300ft ‘Tait’s Tower’ which could be seen 100 miles away and the largest amusement park in Britain, there is little evidence today that such a remarkable vision of the future ever happened at all.

This walking tour will shed light on the sheer scale and ambition of the exhibition, examine some of the key buildings and provide an insight into the ideas of the architects who made it a reality. You will also visit the Palace of Art, the only remaining building from 1938 and will conclude the tour at House for an Art Lover’s Heritage Centre.

Number in Brochure (Heritage Walks & Tours): 22

Tour Times

Saturday 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 1.30pm

Advance Booking Essential

Booking will open 10am 24th August. Book via 0141 427 9557 or


Limited Disabled Access.

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Dumbreck Train Station/ Ibrox Underground

Parking: Car park available on site – free of charge

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