No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a trip to one of the city owned museums and galleries. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for things to do in Glasgow, it has a diverse, world-class collection of art and artefacts from Natural History to Arms and Armour. It's also one of the many museums that are free to visit! Welcoming over one million visitors a year, housed in an iconic red sandstone building which sits majestically in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park, it’s arguably the top must see attraction in the city.
Glasgow has a rich and varied architectural heritage. From the Art Nouveau wonders of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the medieval Glasgow Cathedral to the Neo-Gothic University of Glasgow – rumoured to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Glasgow’s wealthy past has also left a legacy of the finest Victorian architecture in the UK like the Necropolis and iconic City Chambers. The appearance of Glasgow’s buildings is so striking, they have been used as the backdrop in many Hollywood films including World War Z, Fast & Furious 6 and Cloud Atlas. So when you're wandering around the city don't forget to look up!
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The 120 year old Glasgow Subway is the third oldest underground system in the world after London and Budapest. With only 15 stops and two lines, it’s handy for reaching some of the city’s best attractions, for dipping into local life in one or two of the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods (the lines serve the city centre, west end and southside), and almost impossible to get lost!
Glasgow’s music scene is legendary and with so much variety – the city hosts around 130 live gigs every week - it can be difficult to know where to start. So why not take a guided walking tour of the city’s top venues with the help of the team at Glasgow Music City Tours. These lively and informative tours bring to life the people, places and performances that have helped shape the city’s music scene. From the world’s oldest surviving music hall and the World War II music haunts of Woody Guthrie, to the bars where Scarlett Johansson hung out in when she was filming in the city to the venue that launched the career of Oasis; the city’s musical heritage will astound you.
Tennent's is to Glasgow as Guinness is to Dublin so no visit to the city would be complete without taking a tour of the historic Wellpark Brewery where it's created. The tour around the brewery also focuses on its passion for Scottish football and proud musical heritage, as it takes you through more than 450 years of history. And yes, you’ll be able to enjoy a wee tipple at the end.
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. Be sure to make a stop at the Ubiquitous Chip – one of Glasgow’s finest Scottish restaurants - where you can try the house speciality of home-made haggis and their bar, the Wee Pub, is a great place to go for a pint or a wee dram.
Glaswegians are known for their passion for the beautiful game so a tour of one of the city’s iconic football stadiums is a must. Visitors can take guided tours at both Celtic and Rangers Football Clubs. Glasgow is also home to Scotland’s National Stadium,Hampden Park where you can visit the Scottish Football Museum to discover some of the oldest football memorabilia in the world and find out why Scotland has such an important place in the history of the game.
As a great sporting city, Glasgow's world-class venues also play host to a number of global sporting events. In the summer of 2018, Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
8. Have a wee dram and hear Scottish music in a traditional pub
For a true Scottish experience, be sure to visit one of the city's oldest bars and restaurants, Sloans, for the Friday night ceilidh, where you can dance the night away with the friendly locals who will help you perfect your moves! If you’re after something a little more laidback, there are also plenty of pubs like Ben Nevis, Babbity Bowster and The Clutha, where you can sit back and enjoy a wee dram of whisky and some traditional Scottish folk music. For more inspiration read about Glasgow's traditional pubs.
Glasgow is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. Buchanan Street is the main pedestrianised shopping area, connecting Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street, all lined with big names you’d expect from the great British high street. But it’s the city’s neighbourhoods where you will really uncover the unique shopping treasures. The cobbled streets and lanes of the West End are where you will find a mix of vintage stores and independent boutiques. Wander along to The Hidden Lanein Finnieston to uncover a really quirky mix of designers and crafters who you can see hard at work while you peruse the goodies they have on sale. Or head to the Merchant City, the lively cultural quarter, to discover designer boutiques and independent galleries.
Meaning ‘dear green place’ in Gaelic, Glasgow really lives up to its name! The city has over 90 parks and gardens to choose from so whether you’re looking for a place for the kids to explore, delve into hidden gardens or simply somewhere to escape from the city buzz, you'll be spoilt for choice. The west end is home to the picturesque Kelvingrove Park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin, and Glasgow Botanic Gardens, known internationally for its impressive glass houses and extensive tropical plant collections. Glasgow Green in the East End, is the city’s oldest park, where you'll find the spectacular Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, and the beautiful McLennan Arch.