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11 things you can do in Glasgow now

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. 

1. Enjoy dinner and drinks at Merchant Square

Entranceway to Merchant Square, Glasgow with two trees Entrance to Merchant Square © Merchant Square

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

Bicycles from Glasgow Bike ToursA full station of the Glasgow Bike Tour bikes ready to be taken out for the day © Dan Burnam Photos

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 brown sandstone People's Palace with the large terracotta Doulton Fountain in front of it stand against the backdrop of a blue sky. Leaves from surrounding trees appear around the edges of the photoThe 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.

4. Watch a film at the new Vue Cinema

Vue2 1The escalator leading up towards the VUE Cinema © St. Enoch Centre

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

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

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 look at one another whilst walking down the middle of the spacious Buchanan Street with shops on either side, including the city's famous House of FrasersA 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

Exterior ornate signage of Mackintosh at the Willow, GlasgowExterior ornate signage of Mackintosh at the Willow © Mackintosh at the Willow

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 King Tuts logo on the side of a wall within a darkened atmospheric room with smoke and blue lighting coming from the stageThe 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. 

10. Dance the night away at The Garage

Signage within The Garage nightclub in Glasgow which reads 'ended up at the garage'.© The Garage

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 

A neatly made double bed in the centre of a hotel room, which has a large TV screen on the wall that says Welcome to Glasgow. The room is bright with large floor to ceiling windows.One of YOTEL Glasgow's minimalist cabins ready for a visitor's arrival. © YOTEL

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.


Visit our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city.

Article last updated: August 2021