City Centre Mural Trail
City Centre Mural Trail
Glasgow was named the 4th best city in the UK for street art (research by South Western Railway, Aug 2022). Huge murals can be found on the side of city buildings, which, put together, form the city centre mural trail.
Glasgow street art regular Smug created this mural that can be found on a gable end on High Street. The mural depicts a modern-day St Mungo and references the story of The Bird That Never Flew. Fittingly, the nearby Glasgow Cathedral is the final resting place of Glasgow's patron saint.
St Enoch and Child
Around the corner from the modern day St Mungo is St Enoch and Child, also by Smug. This tender and detailed mural, at the corner of High Street and George Street, is a contemporary interpretation of the city's founding story; St Thenue/Enoch cradling her beloved St Kentigern/Mungo.
Be surrounded by bubbles in the city centre's Renfield Lane. Created in 2019, this fun mural was a joint commission by street artists Rogue and Art Pistol and features a French Bulldog and two young girls playing with bubbles.
Rogue and Art Pistol strike again with this fantastic mural of a musician, tucked away in Sauchiehall Lane.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
On Mitchell Street, you'll find this colossal image depicting a girl with a magnifying glass. Catch it at the right angle and it looks as if she's plucking people off the street! Created by artist Smug, it's within walking distance of Glasgow Central Station.
As Good as Gold
As Good as Gold by street artist duo Ciarán Glöbel and Conzo Throb is a comment on inflation via the popular chocolate bar Freddo, which used to only cost 10p to buy. This mural can be found near Buchanan Street, down the lane beside Princes Square.
South of the River Clyde in Tradeston you can find this mural of a group of women cooking. Highlighting the growing African community in Glasgow, the mural promotes inclusivity in the city.
The World's Most Economical Taxi
You'll find this floating taxi on Mitchell Street adjacent to Glasgow's Buchanan Street, created by artist Rogue.
Today We’re In Love Aren't We?
This striking, 20-metre-high mural was installed in 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Glasgow’s Doors Open Days Festival. It can be found on Brown Street, not far from the River Clyde, and was painted by an all-female group of artists called the Cobolt Collective.
Billy Connolly and Dr Connolly I Presume?
Created to mark the 75th birthday of the much-loved Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly in 2017, you'll find two brilliant murals around the city created from original pieces of artwork, brought to life by street artist Rogue. Jack Vettriano and John Byrne were commissioned to portray the 'Big Yin' in their respective styles.
Fellow Glasgow Residents
Marvel at the gable end wall on Ingram Street and you'll find all manner of Scottish wildlife coming from the spray can of Smug. You'll need a few photos to capture all of this huge mural.
This cosmic installation by Recoat and Ali Wyllie brings a touch of colour to New Wynd. Wyllie's work is inspired by comic book and graphic design culture, lending to his use of slick, clean lines, colour choice, and geometric backgrounds.
The Lost Giant
The Lost Giant is part of a series, which Australian artist Stormie Mills has created across towns and cities all over the world. The Glasgow version wears a scarf made from Glaswegian tartan and can be found near the entrance to Sauchiehall Lane.
Another by artist Smug, this mural was one of the first commissioned to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. You'll find this huge mural down at the Kingston Bridge.
Across the road from The Swimmer you'll find Smug's collaboration with Scottish Power, created to mark the legacy of COP26 in the city. The artwork of a child planting wind turbines calls for a greener energy future.
Are Ye Dancin'?
Are Ye Dancin' is the first mural of artist Conzo Throb and co-artist Ciarán Glöbel to be part of the City Centre Mural Trail. Situated just off Argyle Street, down a lane on your way to Sloan's Bar and Restaurant.
Strathclyde University Wonderwall
Covering more than 1,000 square metres and several stories, Strathclyde University's Wonderwall was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Charter which granted the University's status and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Clutha Portraits
The Clutha Bar features a fantastic mural on the outside wall paying homage to many of the famous faces that have been associated with the venue. Curated by Art Pistol, multiple artists and painters worked collectively to create The Clutha Portraits.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
The trailblazing architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is the subject of a second mural at the Clutha Bar. The design by Rogue and Art Pistol was commissioned by the Radisson RED Hotel to mark the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh's birth in 2018.
Another imaginative image from Rogue and Art Pistol, Wind Power, which can be found on Mitchell Street, was originally conceived as a live installation as part of Doors Open Day 2014. The mural celebrates the diversity of sustainable energy production throughout Scotland.
Our World by the River Clyde represents inspiration of youth, the vision of future generations for the world, opportunity and hope. Inspired by COP26, it is the first surface mural within the city.
Rogue One and Art Pistol joined forces to create this modern reimagining of Thomas Muir. An 18th century Scottish political reformer and lawyer, Muir injured his face during canon fire involving the British naval fleet.
Garnethill Garden Mural
Aritst Ida Henrich created this beautiful mural to brighten up the lane between the Glasgow School of Art and St Aloysius College. Children from the Garnethill were involved and able to see their ideas come to life.
Bow Down, Honour the Roots
This stunning mural on Brunswick Street features faces of the Indigenous community who attended the COP26 conference. Led by Fearless Collective, the work is a monument to their sovereignty and their stories. Text surrounding the mural is a poem created by workshop participants involved in the creation of it.
Ways to enjoy the trail
- Go on a self-guided adventure by using our guide above
- Download the City Centre Mural Trail map
- Listen to the audio guide whilst on the trail or from home
- Join a guided street art tour with Walking Tours In Glasgow
- Download the Glasgow City Pass app (search ‘Glasgow Walking Tours’ on Google Play Store to download on Android and App Store to download on Apple).
Article last updated: March 2023