In Glasgow City Centre, there are huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's buildings. Together these form the city centre mural trail, which is listed as a top attraction by TripAdvisor (Travellers Choice Award 2020). 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. You can either explore the city centre mural trail on a self-guided tour - download the handy City Centre Mural Trail Map - or enjoy from home by listening to the new Audio Guide.
Be surrounded by bubbles in Glasgow 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.
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.
The World's Most Economical Taxi
You'll find this fantastical floating taxi on Mitchell Street adjacent to Glasgow's Buchanan Street, also created by artist Rogue. The city's very own floating taxi never fails to capture the attention of all who walk past.
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 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!
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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.
Fellow Glasgow Residents
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.
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.
Hand Shadow Puppets
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.
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 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.
The Clutha Portraits
The Clutha Bar features a fantastic mural on the outside wall paying homage to the history of the area and celebrating 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, which highlights the unique people of Glasgow.
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.