From discovering amazing stories in brand new walking tours to trying out adventure sports at the city's canal to revisiting your favourite attractions with all the family, here is our list of 11 things that you can do in the city right now.
Glasgow has been named one of the 'top 5 UK cities for food and drink' by Which? members. If you're feeling overwhelmed by choice from Glasgow's vibrant food scene, then try out the stunning surrounds of Merchant Square - a great place for a catch up with friends and family.
Dating back to the 1800s, this former merchant’s marketplace is home to many top-notch bars and restaurants including Bar Soba, Steak, Cattle & Roll and Metropolitan, where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails in the beautiful courtyard. Visit the Merchant Square website for more information.
2. Explore the city by bicycle with Glasgow Bike Tours
Ride along and take in the sights of the city with Glasgow Bike Tours. Visit locations where you can see spectacular views of the city, not possible by bus or car. The entire tour is outdoors, and the route is generally flat. It has been designed using cycle paths, river and canal pathways and minor roads with very little traffic. A 15% discount is currently being offered to group bookings of six people. Head to the Glasgow Bike Tours website to book.
3. Visit one of the city's free museums
The People's Palace and Doulton Fountain on a sunny summer's day in their parkland setting of Glasgow Green
The People's Palace is now open and is a brilliant museum for visitors of all ages, as it takes you on a journey through how Glaswegians lived through the ages. Pre-book a free ticket from the Glasgow Life website. Other Glasgow Life museums and galleries now open include, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, Tramway and Gallery of Modern Art.
The newest cinema to open in Glasgow is the Vue at St. Enoch Centre. Every seat is a luxury leather recliner with a table for your snacks and drinks. With a varied line-up of blockbusters and kid-friendly films, you will be spoilt for choice on what to watch on the big screen. Screenings to look forward to include Free Guy, Paw Patrol: The Movie, The Suicide Squad and Reminiscence. Book tickets via the Vue's website.
5. An amazing family day out for curious minds
It’s time to reconnect with the cosmos!
The Planetarium (@GSCPlanetarium) is back from Monday 2 August with space shows to thrill & inspire visitors of all ages.
Families will be delighted to get back to the Glasgow Science Centre. They may have provided kids with lots of fun-filled virtual experiences during the past year, but nothing can beat seeing the interactive exhibits and live science shows in person. The Glasgow Science Centre has a brand new exhibition called Explore! which will inspire you to see the world around you in a new way. And the popular planetarium is also open now. Be sure to book in advance via glasgowsciencecentre.org.
6. Try out an adventure sport at the city's Play Port
Three urban sports attractions have teamed up to create an adventure playground along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Wake Park and The Loading Bay Skatepark have joined forces to create Play Port, offering a brilliant range of experiences for all ages. Whether a beginner or an adrenalin lover, there is something for everyone including stand up paddleboarding, skateboarding, BMXing and wakeboarding. Visit the Play Port website to find the right adventure for you.
7. Browse the shelves in one of the UK's best cities for shoppers
A couple walking down the middle of the spacious Buchanan Street
Just recently, Glasgow was named a 'best large city for shopping in the UK', as voted for by Which? readers. The city's range of independent shops, vibrant high street and shopping malls, combined with good value for money and great food options, were reasons why Glasgow was one of only three UK cities to make it onto this list. The pedestrianised Buchanan Street is the place for those looking for high street brands, while The Hidden Lane in Finnieston with its community of artists, designers and independent traders is ideal for picking up handmade treasures.
8. Visit Mackintosh at the Willow for a decadent afternoon tea
Mackintosh at the Willow, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed tearoom, offer a scrumptious afternoon tea in the magnificent surroundings of their Salon De Luxe room. The experience includes a champagne afternoon tea as well as a talk by a Mackintosh expert and entry to the interactive exhibition. While you are there check out the rooftop terrace for drinks and dining in the sunshine. You can book your experience on Mackintosh at the Willow's website.
9. Enjoy a gig in a legendary music venue
The stage and lighting is ready for a band to once again take to the stage at King Tut's
One of the country's best-loved music venues, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut is now open and is hosting its Summer Nights Festival this month. The festival will showcase fresh Scottish music talent to audiences, including the likes of Cara Rose and NOVA. There are a total of 75 bands across 19 evenings to choose from. So check out the full list of acts at King Tut's website and get your tickets now.
Get your dancing shoes on and head for a night out at one of Glasgow’s most iconic nightclubs, The Garage. Reopening on August 26 with a special opening party, check out The Garage’s Instagram to keep up to date. Gigs restart in September too!
11. Treat yourself to an overnight stay in the 'UK's best city break' destination
Glasgow recently took the top spot in Condé Nast Traveller's 'best city breaks in the UK to take in 2021'. The respected travel magazine stated that the city's outdoor spaces, architecture and nightlife would steal your heart. So why not book an overnight stay and find out for yourself just why Glasgow is topping so many must-visit lists in 2021. Enjoy being one of the first guests at the newly opened YOTEL. Book a super-functional YOTEL cabin and be sure to check out their stylish top floor restaurant, bar and bowling alley called VEGA.