Treasure Hunt Glasgow

Have fun and see Glasgow a different way

You’re going to Glasgow and you want to have some fun. With so much to see, from the stunning architecture to the vibrant streets, it's hard to know where to begin.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you uncover the city's hidden gems, or will you find yourself stranded out by the motorway?

You're aware Glasgow is renowned for its art, culture, and vibrant music scene, not to mention its historical buildings. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Glasgow

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.

Scour Glasgow's lively streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
The iconic statue of the Duke of Wellington and his traffic cone

Follow a carefully designed route around Glasgow. Wander through the Merchant City, admire the majestic City Chambers, and enjoy the iconic River Clyde. Take the lesser known path but still see Buchanan Street and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like a 'bouquet' of tools, perched up high.

Learn some fun facts and stories like the story of the Duke of Wellington statue and his ever-present traffic cone. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. If you're tempted by a quirky cafe or a hidden bar, that's cool. There's no rush, take your time.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Are you organising a special occasion? 🎉

Treasure Hunt Glasgow will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

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It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Glasgow.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Glasgow!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Glasgow

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy a break in Glasgow Green? Or perhaps popping into the People's Palace? Take it at your own pace and enjoy the city's rich offerings.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If your plans change and Glasgow is no longer on the cards, you can reschedule or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Glasgow!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

Discover more than just Buchanan Street

No spoilers, you'll see the famous spots like the bustling Buchanan Street, but the real fun is uncovering hidden spots.

George Square - the city's magnificent main square, surrounded by stunning architecture.

A statue of Sir Walter Scott up high in George Square, with City Chambers in the background

The Duke of Wellington statue - famous for his quirky cone hat, a true symbol of Glasgow's fun spirit.

A bronze statue of the Duke of Wellington on his horse, both of them have traffic cones for hats

River Clyde - Glasgow's historic waterfront, once teeming with shipbuilders, now buzzes as a lively cultural spot.

A footpath running alongside the River Clyde, with a bridge in the background

Buchanan Street - this lively car-free street is lined with sleek shops, restaurants and cultural gems.

A bustling pedestrian street in Glasgow with diverse architecture, people walking, and an ornate stone building on the right

Glasgow Green - a green oasis by the Clyde, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

A serene scene of Glasgow Green park with lush green grass, a vibrant display of yellow daffodils in the foreground, and leafless trees against a cloudy sky

City Chambers - Glasgow's grand city hall, boasting impressive marble staircases.

The imposing facade of Glasgow City Chambers with classical architecture and the Cenotaph war memorial in front, under a partly cloudy sky

The Clutha - iconic pub with a heart, known for its live tunes and vibrant atmosphere.

The rustic interior of The Clutha. It has stone walls, a large tree trunk, skylight, and wooden furniture, creating a cozy atmosphere

Merchant Square - a lively spot in the old Merchant City, great for food, drinks, and markets.

The curved facade of Merchant Square in Glasgow on a sunny day, with a corner café and clear blue skies above

Argyll Arcade - a Victorian gem filled with glittering jewellery stores.

Interior of the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow, showcasing Victorian architecture with a glass roof, ornate shopfronts, and people browsing

Tolbooth Steeple and Mercat Cross - standing tall, these landmarks tell the tales of Glasgow's medieval past.

A cityscape view featuring the Tolbooth Steeple, an iconic Glasgow landmark with a clock, set against modern buildings under a clear blue sky

By the end, you'll have got a good grasp of Glasgow. You'll also probably have spotted a pub to revisit!

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can duck into one of Glasgow's pubs or ornate arcades. There's no time limit.

If it's pouring, feel free to switch days. Or you could start one day and finish on another.

If it's really chucking it down and you'd rather not get washed away in the Clyde, we offer a full refund - even if you've started.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

You won't get totally stuck, going in circles around George Square...

Will I have fun if I'm from Glasgow?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 2½ miles walking, but Glasgow's streets are lined with plenty of spots to rest and refresh.

Ready for a different way to see Glasgow?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Glasgow.
  • See Glasgow's finest spots, like Buchanan Street and George Square and enjoy a scenic riverside walk along the Clyde.
  • Kick off your adventure whenever suits you best, and take it at the pace you prefer.
  • 2–3 hours of exploration and fun, all outdoors.

How does it work?
Play the demo 📱 (win a prize!)

Getting organised?
Plan your day 📋

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

Telephone: 0141 673 7474
Text us: 07380 309380

The Merchant City Adventure starts from:
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH