The port city of Glasgow is celebrated for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture that reflects well through its buildings as you stroll down the city. You can start your tour around Glasgow with a visit to some iconic buildings, its various museums and galleries and entertainment options.
For history and architecture admirers, City Chambers and magnificent Glasgow Cathedral should be the point of start. For those who wish to educate themselves with something interesting should visit Glasgow Science Centre or the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery to find exhibitions and collections. You can also aboard the Tall Ship, a reminiscent of Glasgow's ship-building heritage, present till today.
Some of the must visits are: The Willow Tea Rooms, The Lighthouse, House for an Art Lover, and the Glasgow School of Art. Your kids would love to visit Loch Lomond Aquarium and Snow Factor, located just a short distance away from the city. The best way to explore the attractions of Glasgow is to hop on to the open deck bus and soak in the beauty of the city and its many highlights.
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What to Do in and around Glasgow
Enjoy 37 best Glasgow attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, United Kingdom
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Glasgow Museum is a very important tourist attraction in Glasgow. Not only is the museum wonderful with great displays and a number of things to see but the building of the museum itself is absolutely stunning. Located on Argyle Street, this beautiful museum is an amazing place to visit.
The wonderful interiors and the gothic exteriors are sure to transport you back in time. The McLellan galleries form the most important aspect of all the objects on display. But there is a very impressive collection of ammunition from the history of Scotland. While there is a lot to see, the Piece de Resistance of the temple which is certainly not to be missed is the famour painting by the celebrated Salvador Dali. It is called Christ of Saint John of the cross and people come to see it from around the world. Art lovers and culture seekers should not miss this place.
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Cathedral Square, Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, United Kingdom
09:30 am - 04:30 pm
Glasgow Cathedral is also known as "High Kirk of Glasgow" or "St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral".
This medieval cathedral is a very important part of the lovely gothic architecture of Scotland. The church is indubitably stunning. The stone architecture is a matter of great pride for the place as well. The light flooding through the vibrantly painted stained glass windows is the kind of experience that will stay with you forever or maybe even keep you coming back for more. In fact, the church prides itself on its stained glass work. It is one of the most impressive you will see in Britain, for sure.
Moreover, the Glasgow cathedral is also a functioning church. The regular masses and prayers that are carried out might interest most culture seekers. It also has a lively tradition of church music and listening to a hymn concert is a wonderful experience.
For these reasons, a visit to Glasgow will remain incomplete without visiting this timeless piece of beauty.
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97-99 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NP, United Kingdom
Merchant City is an area within Glasgow. The place is full of historical buildings and places that are sure to enchant you. The old buildings give the area a very rustic feel.
Bars and restaurants of all sorts can be found here and there is a lot to explore in this lovely area. There are also quite a few nice shops for the shopaholics. Moreover, popular events are always underway in this culturally lively area. Although it is a shopping and entertainment area today, one cannot separate it from its rich and varied history. If you are looking for a place to shop, eat and enjoy, it couldn’t get more picturesque than this.
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50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA, United Kingdom
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Glasgow science Centre is a fascinating place where education as well as fun will come together. Most ideal for families and kids it is Scotland's must-see guest attractions for almost everyone. There are several activities to do. Being an interactive site, there are also several workshops and exhibitions that one can participate in
Science comes alive in this place. There are also quite a few shows to be seen as well. There is also a lovely planetarium as well as an IMAX theatre. You can try out the different attractions like the Vortex tunnel, Ames Room and the Phantom Hand. There is also an underwater section. The purpose of all the exhibits is to inculcate curiosity and inspire thought so there won’t be a single boring moment while you are here. If you want to learn and be informed while having fun, this is an ideal attraction for you.
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730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, United Kingdom
07:00 am - 05:30 pm
The Glasgow Botanical Gardens are an impressive place. With an enviable collection of rare plants on display, the Botanic gardens are certainly a must visit for nature lovers. Located the West end, they also house the Kibble Palace which is a huge glass house worth seeing.
A stroll down the paths looking at the lovely flowers and plants is sure to be the most stress relieving thing you have ever done. They also have tea rooms where you can get your hands on a delicious cuppa if you are in the mood. There are tours provided in case you want to know more about the plants and trees preserved and nurtured here. it isn’t just about the beautiful plants though. You will be able to learn a lot about the uses of plants and trees. A visit to these gardens is sure to be an enriching and relaxing experience so do put it on your itinerary.
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167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, United Kingdom
10:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Glasgow school of art is a part of the old city of Glasgow making it full of beautiful old buildings. The famous Mackintosh building which is a part of the campus is the main attraction for tourists here.
The Mackintosh building aside, there are many lovely things to see here. being an arts school the atmosphere is full of enthusiasm and several events are arranged in the premises very regularly. They also have a charming exhibition of the artwork of the students from the institution.
One wouldn’t think that a school would be a touristic site but this one surprises you. With several places to see, getting a feel of the place is a must for any Glasgow tourist. They also have a shop in case you are tempted to take any of the gorgeous pieces of art, made by the students, home.
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University Ave, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8QQ, United Kingdom
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is certainly an educational institution par excellence. Well known and ranked amongst the universities in the world, this place is also a pioneer in all manner of research. Several noted Academics are alumni of this university.
But why would all that affect the tourist? Well, the reason for that is that the university is also simply breath-taking to look at. This makes it an equally well known touristic site as well. The old gothic buildings are a wonderful sight to see. Taking in the lovely rustic atmosphere is something that every tourist and especially youngsters must do.
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100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS, United Kingdom
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
A recent addition to the Glasgow tourism scene, this eclectic museum is quite intriguing. The building that houses the museum is a real marvel to begin with. The eccentric architecture of the building itself makes it a sight worth viewing.
However, the real things to see are the lovely collections of different Glasgow transport vehicles that have been preserved and put up on display here. From Steam engines to trams to more modern modes of transport, an array of vehicles have been put up on display. Vintage cars that were used as taxis, buses and even ships have been set up for display. It is certainly something very unique to see in Glasgow so do give it a shot.
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70 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Glasgow City G4 0UZ, United Kingdom
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Necropolis is a beautiful and eerie place to visit in Glasgow. The place is a solemn sight but still a very beautiful one. Greats like Alexander "Greek" Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh have been responsible for designing it. It is something like a garden cemetery and it is exactly their Victorian design that makes this place so well-known.
The designs have been brilliantly executed with great precision. The stunning area that forms the final resting place of many residents of Glasgow as well as quite a few famous people is a somber but interesting place to visit. Walking down the intricately decorated, imposing graves is a surreal but wonderful experience. European cemeteries are considered to be a very prestigious sight to see and this one is one of the noted ones among them. So if you wish to see the sinister beauty of the place put this one on your list.
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George Square, Glasgow City G2 1DU, United Kingdom
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Glasgow city chambers are the heart of the political functioning of the city. Not only that, they are also a part of it’s past. The lovely Victorian architecture of the building is certainly a sight to see. The four story building is an impressive one standing in the heart of the city of Glasgow.
The official rooms are quite well decorated and for the most part the older charm of the interiors has been retained. Even though it is a functioning office building, it still hosts guided tours twice daily that allow entry into most of the halls and rooms. Not to be missed is the huge and impressive Banqueting hall. Also be sure to see the upper gallery. This attraction brings you the best of both worlds; the image of Victorian Scotland as well as the modern state it has become. Culture-seekers should certainly visit it.
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17-21 Drury St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 5AE, United Kingdom
09:00 am - 11:59 pm
The horseshoe bar is a lovely little establishment in Glasgow. The place has everything from the charm to the hearty food that a typical Scottish bar needs. There is no need for presence here; the place is a good old fashioned bar and eatery making it a favorite for all types and tastes of people. This restaurant has been around for a long time and has created quite a reputation for itself too!
Even though varied types of people come here they do agree on one thing; the pie. If you are going to visit the horseshoe bar or any area under it, it is a given that you must get a taste of their delicious pie and maybe wash it down with a pint of ale. There are also an array of scrumptious dishes to sample and drinks to savor here as well. Do pay this one a visit if you want an authentic Scottish experience with a laid back and charming air.
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2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow City G41 4AR, United Kingdom
The Park is Glasgow's biggest park in Glasgow. Lovely trees and manicured gardens make it the perfect tourist attraction. The park has retained all of its grandeur from the time it belonged to the wealthy Maxwell family. Today, it is home to the Burrell Collection. The impressive collection of paintings includes Islamic and Chinese art, sculpture and also artifacts from the medieval period. It is certainly an interesting place to see.
You can also spend the day on the lovely grass or take a walk around Pollock park’s picturesque landscape. The Pollock house is another interesting sight to see. There is plenty to do here as the park also has a children’s play-area and many scenic walkways. It is a wonderful place to just unwind and relax on your Glasgow Holiday.
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Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G41 5BW, United Kingdom
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
In Bellahouston Park you will be able to find a lovely building called A House for an Art Lover. Originally designed for a competition by the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it was constructed later according to his best laid plans.
The beautiful building is a quaint little construction that has been appreciated by people from around the world. The building was designed for an imaginary person by Mackintosh; which he pegged to be a connoisseur of arts. The lovely sun-lit rooms, the grand lawn out front and the simple and elegant architecture certainly reflect this idea. Lovely, minimalistic objects decorate its interiors and the stained glass work is very pretty too. The house is evidence to the fact that one need not be extravagant to be artistic. Do pay this one a visit whether you are an art lover or not.
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Balloch, Alexandria, Glasgow G83 8PA, Scotland
The Loch Lomond is a beautiful lake in Glasgow. Surrounded by gorgeous hills that change colors with the seasons, this place is certainly a must see. The habitat is rich in flora and fauna and the lake is sprawling over several miles.
There is a lot to do in this area. Since the lake has been put under the conservation spectrum, you will be able to see a lot of wild life and birds in the vicinity. There are also several activities to do from jet skiing to boating and many more. This huge lake is an ideal spot for a day trip and picnic with family and friends in Glasgow.
A natural beauty par excellence, it makes sense to stay in the area to watch the sun go down and the leaves and trees change color. It is also ideal if you are looking for a peaceful and quite haunt in the city.
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11 Exchange Pl Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 3AN, United Kingdom
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
In the Downtown area of Glasgow you will find this lovely restaurant. The specialty of the Rogano is its lip-smacking and fresh seafood. They have an amazing variety of dishes on offer in a variety of different styles. They also have separate afternoon tea and breakfast menus to choose from as well. The place is divided into a few different venues. The oyster bar serves amazing drinks and quite a few snacks as well as light meals. The actual restaurant is fine dining styled. There is also a cafe that serves up light snacks as well as delicious vegetarian food as well. You can also avail their private dining facilities if you are looking for something a bit more intimate.
You will need to make reservations and dressing is generally on the formal side but delicious seafood is always worth that kind of effort.