A view looking up from directly under the structure of Glasgow Tower

The Tower is open today

Glasgow Tower

Glasgow Tower is now open for the 2024 summer season. The Tower's operation is weather-dependent and its operating status can change at short notice throughout the day. 

Subject to daily checks and conditions, the first lift up boards at 11:00 and the last at 16:30.


Wondering what's on in Glasgow? Then look up! Amazingly, Glasgow Tower is the only structure on earth capable of rotating 360° into the prevailing wind and holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world. At 127 metres high — the equivalent of over 30 double-decker buses — Glasgow Tower is the tallest freestanding building in Scotland.


The Glasgow Tower experience starts down on the ground, where you can learn about the history of Glasgow and the site on which the Tower is built. View archive images while you journey through a timeline tunnel, highlighting key events in the city over the past 100 years. You’ll arrive at a five-metre long map of the Clyde where you can see historic images and watch footage of how the local area has changed over the years. Glasgow Tower pushes the boundaries of engineering and our people will be on hand to give you an insight into the complex design and incredible science behind the revolutionary structure.

Take the 2.5 minute journey to the Tower cabin and enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of the city, the Clyde and the landscapes beyond.

As a world first, Glasgow Tower pushes the boundaries of engineering and is an iconic machine.


  • Glasgow Tower is only open for the summer season.
  • Glasgow Tower is designed to move in the wind. Some visitors find the swaying sensation in windy weather unnerving. This is why the Tower closes when the wind speed exceeds gusts of 25 mph at cabin height.
  • In the event of an emergency or if wind speeds rise above 25mph whilst in the Tower cabin, visitors to the Tower cabin will be evacuated via the 523-step spiral staircase. Due to this safety procedure visitors need to be able to walk down the stairs unaided. This means that those with limited mobility, expectant mothers, those with underlying health conditions or young children may not be able to visit the Glasgow Tower. We would ask anyone concerned about descending the steps to speak with us before they visit by calling us on 0141-420-5000.
  • For visitors who do not get to experience the Tower cabin we can offer an experience to visitors at no additional cost and will get to learn about the history of Glasgow and the site on which the Tower is built. This includes a timeline tunnel showing highlights of the city over the past 100 years using archive images; a 5m long map of the Clyde featuring touchscreens where visitors can access historic footage and images showing how the local area has changed over the years. Visitors will also be treated to images of the striking views they can expect from the top of the Tower along with graphics on the walls that showcase the unique Guinness-World-Record holding structure.

Take a Virtual Tour of Glasgow Tower

You can go behind-the-scenes of Glasgow Tower for an all-access tour in the video below.


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