Women’s Heritage Walks

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Glasgow Women’s Library’s Women Make History group launched Glasgow’s first Women’s Heritage Walk in June 2007 as part of the West End Festival programme. There are now 9 different walks around the city and a Heritage Bike Ride for those who prefer to travel on two wheels. Walks are open to all and give a unique and inspiring insight into the hitherto unsung women who made Glasgow; pipe-smoking forewomen, revolting schoolmistresses, suffragettes, the brazen women of Glasgow Green, Battling Betty, and many, many more!

We run each walk several times each year – take a look at our upcoming walks, or sign up to our mailing list to receive updates. Places on these walks always book out quickly, so if you’re part of a larger group you may wish to consider booking a custom walk. The walks have been developed with grown-ups in mind but are suitable for young people and children too.

“I LOVED the whole thing, especially the warm, informal, inviting and entertaining approach the guides took to delivering any information.”

GWL learners, volunteers, sessional staff and members of the Learning Team are involved in the development of these walks and we are always looking for more content and information, whether you want to contact us through the website or input your ideas during or after a walk. There are lots of ways to get involved in the Women Make History project.

Get a taste of our women’s heritage walks

Book a walk for your group

We offer any of our six Women’s Heritage Walks to closed groups of up to 20 people. In the past we have guided groups of students, conference delegates, and study groups, highlighting the hidden histories of Glasgow’s women and offering an alternative introduction to the city’s rich and varied heritage.

Key information for closed group walk bookings

Cost: £200 for a 2 hour walk led by three guides. This is one of our income-generating activities and funds generated go to sustaining the work of the organisation.

Timings: we can only offer walks during our opening hours.

Lead-in time: we require a minimum of 8 weeks’ notice from the first enquiry. Due to staff and volunteer capacity, please note that it can take up to 5 weeks to confirm whether or not we are able to provide the walk.

Volunteer availability: these walks are delivered by volunteers and we are therefore unable to accommodate all requests.

Please complete the enquiry form below and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  

    Heritage Walk Closed Group Enquiry Form

    Preferred walk
    East End Heritage WalkGarnethill Girls Heritage WalkGlasgow’s Women and the NecropolisWest End Heritage WalkWomen of the Gorbals Heritage WalkWomen of the Merchant City

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