If you're out and about in Glasgow city centre, then you'll most likely have come across some huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's buildings. Read on and discover where you can find these vibrant splashes of colour, and how they've been brightening up local areas as well as supporting local artists by providing a space for their unique creations. Listed as a top attraction by TripAdvisor (Travellers Choice Award 2020), explore the city centre mural trail and learn more about the inspiration behind them on a Street Art Tour led by knowledgeable locals or by taking a self-guided tour - download the handy City Centre Mural Trail Map or listen to the new Audio Map.
Take a walk down Glasgow city centre's Renfield Lane and you'll be surrounded by bubbles! 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.
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. The city's latest mural can be found just off Buchanan Street, down the lane beside Princes Square.
This striking, 20 metre high mural was installed in 2019 to celebrate the 30 year 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. The words which feature are from the Liz Lochhead poem, The Bargain, and were chosen by the Cobolt Collective for the way in which they describe Glasgow.
You'll find this fantastical floating taxi on Mitchell Street adjacent to Glasgow's Buchanan Street, also created by artist Rogue. Capturing the attention of all who walk past, it's a great piece to start off your trail.
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 own respective styles and we think you'll agree that the end results are an amazing tribute to one of the greatest comedians of all time!
Marvel at three examples of intricate stencil detail with the study of a Woman in Black mural series by Street artist James Klinge (aka “Klingatron”). The first mural can be found at Saltmarket (near The Briggait), the second next to the grand St Andrew's Square and the latest piece near Royal Exchange Square in the city centre.
Again 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.
Glasgow street art regular Smug created this mural that can be found on a gable end on High Street. Depicting a modern-day St Mungo and referencing the story of The Bird That Never Flew. Fittingly, the nearby Glasgow Cathedral is the final resting place of Glasgow's patron saint.
Just around the corner from the modern day St Mungo is the complementary 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.
The recent addition to the city centre mural trail is a series of portraits by Klingatron on Midland Street, near Glasgow Central Station. Currently, there are three portraits which have been completed; the first, a self-portrait of the artist himself, and the others are DJs who have performed at or were regular attendees of the former nightclub, The Arches.
Did you know Glasgow has its very own Panda? You'll find this piece from artist Klingatron at Gordon Lane, close to The Lighthouse, which is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's most famous buildings in the city.
Take a look at the gable end wall overlooking the Ingram Street car park 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.
You can't miss this huge mural of Scottish badminton player Kieran Merrilees in the heart of Merchant City by Guido van Helten. Commissioned to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it now stands as a testament to sporting success.
A feline-inspired piece at the site of the former Victoria's nightclub on Sauchiehall Street from Rogue. A number of cats play and nap around their owner's feet, as she knits, whilst sporting a pair of cat slippers.
The Lost Giant is part of a series, which Australian artist Stormie Mills has created and installed across various major towns and cities all over the world. The Glasgow 'Lost Giant' is specially decorated with a scarf made from the Glaswegian tartan. The atmospheric character stands over the entrance to Sauchiehall Lane, adjacent to the well-known traditional pub, The Griffin.
Continuing the theme of wild animals, you'll find another of James Klinge's designs on North Street at Charing Cross. This amazingly detailed crocodile was created using multiple layers of hand-cut stencils, and it's the perfect addition to the urban jungle.
Right alongside the Charing Cross Croc is Art Pistol and Little Book Transfers' continuation of their ‘STALK’ series depicting birds, foliage and fruit together.
Another by artist Smug, this mural was one of the first commissioned to celebrate the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. You'll find this huge mural down at the Kingston Bridge, cleverly placed to greet stopped cars.
This underpass at Cowcaddens has been brightened up by Rogue with his series of hand shadow puppets, presenting his masterful painting in the most unlikely of places.
Are Ye Dancin' is the first mural of artist Conzo Throb, along with 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, this playful addition is one not to miss.
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 conferred the University's status and also the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Rogue and Art Pistol strike again with this fantastic mural of a musician, tucked away in Sauchiehall Lane. Sauchiehall Street is a great place to visit for new music, with plenty of venues hosting regular music nights.
The Clutha Bar features a fantastic mural on the outside wall, celebrating many of the famous faces that have been associated with the venue. From Alex Harvey, Frank Zappa, and Woody Guthrie to Billy Connolly, Benny Lynch and Stan Laurel, this piece of art highlights the unique people of the city's history. Completed by Rogue, EJEK, and Art Pistol, find out the stories behind these famous faces on the Glasgow Music City Tour.
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. The stunning design depicts the Glaswegian icon and his distinctive art deco and rose motif style.
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 within the Glasgow area and throughout Scotland.
Article last updated: October 2020