George Square acts as the social and cultural space of the city where many public gatherings, parades and ceremonies take place. This historic square is named after King George III and dates back to the 1780’s. Standing majestically over the square’s eastern edge is the Glasgow City Chambers, a stunning Victorian structure built in the 1880’s and home to the Glasgow City Council.
This attractive civic space hosts many city related events and in the winter is the location of an ice skating rink and winter festivals. The square is decorated with 12 well known sculptures and statues all of which have graced the square for over one hundred years. Situated on a corner of the square, one of the most eye-catching is the monument for Queen Victoria, erected in 1854. One of the most famous events to take place on the square was the Black Friday riots of 1919.
The square is bordered by Queen Street to the west and Frederick Street to the east with George and Vincent as the north and south boarder respectively. The square is a short walk from Central Station, walking up Union Street in the opposite direction of traffic and turning right on Vincent.