Top Instagrammable spots in Glasgow

We know everyone loves to capture and share photos of amazing places and experiences so we've come up with our top Instagram-worthy locations across the city that are sure to inspire you to make your NEXT STOP GLASGOW. 

1. Views from The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture is also a great place to capture some amazing views across the city's urban landscape. Capture a shot through the wrap around glass windows in the Viewing Platform or climb the 134-steps spiral staircase to the buildings highest exterior point for breath-taking views across the city centre roof tops.

2. Glasgow Necropolis 

The Necropolis, located in the city’s east end is full of wonderful architecture, sculptures and fascinating stories.  Modelled on the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, it is a must-visit for those looking for something a little bit different.  It offers amazing views of the medieval Glasgow Cathedral too!  

3. Glasgow City Chambers 

The City Chambers is one of the Glasgow's most important and prestigious buildings.  Overlooking George Square, it has been the headquarters of the city council for over a hundred years. Make sure to take a free guided tour to see the grand interior - said to have more marble than the Vatican - and learn about the history of this magnificent building. 

4. Ashton Lane

Ashton Lane is a cobbled back street in the city’s west end neighbourhood that is lined with a mix of great bars and restaurants and even an independent cinema. The lane is lit with twinkling fairy lights in winter and in summer it’s a hot spot for al fresco eating and drinking in the sunshine.

5. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for things to do in Glasgow.  This iconic red standstone building, which sits majestically in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park, houses a world-class collection of art and artefacts.  

6. The Cloisters at the University of Glasgow

The stunning Neo-Gothic University of Glasgow is rumoured to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts.  The Cloisters are an iconic part of the University and have featured in TV and films including Cloud Atlas and Outlander.

7. House for an Art Lover

No visit to the city would be complete without photographing some of the magnificent works by architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  His unique style can be seen across the city.  House for an Art Lover is full of contrasts, from the intricate detail of the dark-panelled Dining Room to the bright light and colour of the Music Room. 

8. The Riverside 

The River Clyde will always be synonymous with Glasgow but where there once stood shipyards, icons of the city’s industrial past, you’ll now find modern landmarks including the Riverside Museum, Glasgow Science Centre and The SSE Hydro.  

9. Highland Cows in Pollok Country Park

The award-winning Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park and is steeped in rural history.  It’s home to the stunning Pollok House, tranquil woodland walks and exhilerating mountain bike trails, as well as a friendly herd of Highland Cows who are always camera ready! 

10. Royal Exchange Square 

Royal Exchange Square, located in the heart of the city centre, is home to a variety of bars, restaurants and designer stores.  The centre piece of the square is the elegant neo-classical building that houses the Gallery of Modern Art.  Visit during the autumn and winter evenings when the square is lit with a canopy of twinkling fairy lights. 

11. City Centre Mural Trail

Marking the 75th birthday of the much-loved Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly, you'll find three brilliant new murals that have been added to the city's already popular Mural Trail, created from original pieces of artwork by Jack Vettriano, John Byrne and Rachael Maclean.

12. Barrowland Ballroom

As the UK’s first ever UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow's vast musical offering is equalled by iconic venues.  The Barrowland Ballroom and it's colourful star-spangled signage is known and loved by musicians and audiences all over the world.  

13. Buchanan Street 

Leading from Sauchiehall Street down to St Enoch Square, Buchanan Street is the city’s main shopping boulevard lined with fantastic stores and stunning architectural gems too.  

14. The Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green 

The magnificent Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, stands proudly outside the People's Palace museum in Glasgow Green. If you look east, the flambouyant facade of the Templeton on the Green building can be seen in the background. 

15. Food Glorious Food

Rough Guides recently named Glasgow as "one of the best places to head for culinary experimentation" thanks to its ever-evolving food scene.  There is always a hip new restaurant or café opening each with their own mouth-watering dishes that are sure to give your friends some serious food envy! Check out our food and drink guide for more inspiration!

 

Now you've got all you need to head to Glasgow and get Instagramming! Remember to tag your photos with #peoplemakeglasgow you could end up featuring on our site or on our Instagram

 

 

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