If you’re thinking about heading to Glasgow to explore it’s tourist attractions I wouldn’t blame you if the last place you’ve got on your to-do list is the University of Glasgow. After all, who wants to walk around a boring university surrounded by a load of dusty old books and smelly students?
If you ever visit Glasgow by train the end of your line will more than likely be Queen Street station in the centre of the city. From there most people will either catch a bus to one of Glasgow’s many tourist attractions or walk around the city square on their way to the shops, totally bypassing one of the most important historic sites in the city.
Glasgow is a city that’s chock-full of tourist attractions, from the busy Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde to the tranquil Botanic Gardens in the West End, and not only are most of the city’s attractions top-notch but all the best ones are completely free too.
One of the things I really love about Glasgow is the fact that it’s so chock-full of fantastic tourist attractions, many of which are completely free to visit. And one free attraction that stands head and shoulders above most others is the Riverside Museum at Pointhouse Place on the mighty River Clyde.
If you’re in Glasgow and looking for something to do that’s a bit out of the ordinary I can’t think of anywhere better to visit than the 37-acre Necropolis next to the city’s imposing cathedral.
One of the highlights of visiting Glasgow is heading down to the River Clyde and having a look around The Tall Ship, the 19th-century sailing ship moored alongside Pointhouse Quay.
This gallery has to be one of the highlights of a visit to the city centre and there are several reasons why you really should make the time to pop inside and take a look around this popular tourist attraction.
The gardens showcase a huge variety of plant species from across the globe and amongst the immaculately manicured lawns you’ll find great swathes of flower beds, herbs, tropical fauna, and ornamental plants, all surrounded by hundreds of trees and ferns in a setting that begs to be explored.
Glasgow Cathedral is widely recognised as one of the top tourist sights in the city, a distinction that’s totally justified in my opinion because this building is one of the most beautiful in Glasgow, if not the whole of Scotland.
This impressive example of Scotland’s world-leading engineering skills lifts boats over 115 feet into the air between the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, and since opening in 2002 it’s seen over 1.5 million people take a boat trip on this extraordinary lift.
Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the new year in the world where an incredible 100,000 visitors (on average) descend on the city to enjoy three days of spectacular events.
One of the best botanic gardens in the UK is located in Edinburgh, and a short bus ride from the city centre will allow you to explore over 13,000 different plant species in the most beautifully landscaped and manicured grounds you’re ever likely to see.