Top 10 reasons to visit Glasgow
Top 10 reasons to visit Glasgow
Glasgow topped Condé Nast Traveller’s list of best cities to visit in 2021 and if that’s not enough to make you want to book a break, here are some more great reasons to visit.
1. World-class museums and attractions
The city has world-class museums, galleries and attractions including The Burrell Collection (winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023) and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There are also hidden gems like the Britannia Panopticon - the oldest surviving music hall in the world. Families will enjoy Glasgow Science Centre or Riverside Museum and if cutting-edge art is your scene then check out Tramway or the Gallery of Modern Art. Visit our attractions hub for info on museums, galleries and experiences.
2. Iconic music scene and live entertainment
Glasgow has it covered when it comes to entertainment. It has a legendary music scene with many iconic venues, including the Barrowland Ballroom, Time Out's Best Venue in the UK (2023). The city is an UNESCO City of Music, home to all but one of Scotland’s national performing arts organisations and an exciting calendar of world-class festivals and events. Visit our Glasgow for music lovers hub for everything you need to know about the music scene and visit our what's on section for event listings.
3. Dear Green Place
Meaning ‘Dear Green Place’ in Gaelic, Glasgow has over 90 parks and gardens to enjoy. Discover Pollok Country Park and its fold of Highland cattle or Queen's Park and its cityscape viewpoint in the southside. Or head to the west end to Kelvingrove Park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin or Glasgow Botanic Gardens, known for its impressive glasshouses and tropical plant collections. Visit our parks and gardens page to find out more about the city’s green spaces in each of the neighbourhoods.
4. First for friendliness
Glasgow regularly tops the charts as ‘world’s friendliest city’, most recently in the Conde Nast Readers' Choice Awards (2022) and Time Out Index (2022). People really do make Glasgow! Whether chatting to taxi drivers or tour guides, creators at markets or locals in whisky bars – you'll discover a down-to-earth Scottish personality with a progressive urban outlook.
5. Scottish experiences
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Visit Glasgow for the ultimate urban Scottish experience. Enjoy a distillery tour, take a whirl at a ceilidh, get a photo with a Highland cow or tap your toes to some live traditional music at a world-renowned festival. You can also discover the taste of Scotland with a meal at a Scottish restaurant. Visit our Scottish experiences page for more info.
6. Ever-evolving food scene
Glasgow is known for its mix of cool, quality and affordable venues. From brunch to afternoon tea, street food to Michelin star dining, Scottish seafood to plant-based menus, the city has plenty of tasty options. Visit our eat & drink pages for inspiration.
7. History and heritage
Glasgow is a city steeped in history and a great way to learn some fascinating facts is on a guided tour. There are lots of walking tours on offer, themed around everything from food and music to history and architecture. You can also take guided tours of many of the city’s venues, including Tennent's Brewery and Glasgow Central Railway Station. Check out our tours page for more details.
8. Architecture and design
Walk around and be amazed by Glasgow's architecture. From the neo-Gothic University of Glasgow to the Art Nouveau wonders of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the city's heritage strides the centuries. Discover the city's flair for design through the work of amazing makers at markets and in creative hubs like The Hidden Lane. You'll also find stunning urban artworks wherever you go in the form of street murals. Find out more from our City Centre Mural Trail article and our Mackintosh Trail page.
As Glasgow is a compact city and easy to get around, you can explore more than one neighbourhood in a day. From the buzz of the city centre to the laid-back vibes of the west end, each neighbourhood has its own distinct character. There is the historic east end and the leafy southside while the north is an urban playground. Visit our neighbourhoods pages to find out more.
10. Unmissable day trips
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Glasgow is the gateway to Scotland's great outdoors, with beaches, castles and rugged coastlines to discover. Experience unmissable day trips less than the average daily commute away – from the historic Stirling to the breath-taking bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, there are legends and adventures to uncover. Visit our unmissable day trips page for ideas.
Article last updated: October 2023