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Attractions like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum of Transport and The Tall Ship draw thousands of visitors to Glasgow each year. Discover these attractions and many more in this complete guide to visiting Glasgow.

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The best places to visit in Glasgow

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Glasgow? The River Clyde perhaps, or maybe shipbuilding, Billy Connolly and summer festivals.

For others, Glasgow conjures up images of amazing tourist attractions that some might say (whisper it in hushed tones if you’re in the southeast of Scotland) easily rival those in Edinburgh.

Or how about Tennent’s lager, enormous city parks and world-class shopping. All symbols of the city in their own right and all things that Glasgow is rightly proud of.

There’s certainly an exciting feeling in Glasgow compared to other cities in Scotland. It just feels more modern and it has an edge to it that mirrors London, but without the oppressive overcrowded atmosphere.

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The amount of cultural venues in Glasgow is nothing short of gob-smacking and not only are there a fantastic selection of theatres, restaurants, museums, art galleries and tourist attractions but it’s also a hub for creative talent, and music and performers can be seen and heard on virtually every street corner in the city centre.

It’s a real family city thanks to the number of green spaces and themed attractions spread across it, and unlike the tourist rip-off prices you’ll find in some cities (cough-Edinburgh-cough) many of Glasgow’s best venues are completely free to visit.

I’ve included a map of the best places to visit in Glasgow along with contact details for the top attractions and descriptions about them. Further down the page, you’ll find useful information to help you travel around the city and know when the best times to visit are, as well as what to expect from the weather.

Map of places to visit in Glasgow

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  1. The People’s Palace
  2. Gallery of Modern Art
  3. Glasgow Botanic Garden
  4. The Tall Ship
  5. Riverside Museum of Transport (behind #4)
  6. St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
  7. The Necropolis
  8. Glasgow Cathedral (behind #6)
  9. The University of Glasgow and The Hunterian Museum
  10. A = Kelvingrove Park
  11. B = Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Indoor places to visit in Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem
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Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

Contact details: Telephone 0141 276 9599, email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

This attraction – located in Kelvingrove Park – is one of the city’s highlights and absolutely has to be at the top of your list of places to visit in Glasgow.

Set inside an ornate red sandstone building, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been wowing visitors since opening in 1852 and if you get the chance to visit it you’ll be taken on a journey through Ancient Egypt, the animal kingdom, modern art, Scotland’s cultural heritage and much more.

What I like most about Kelvingrove is that it’s basically two attractions in one, with galleries dedicated to the fields of fine art and others concentrating on history, culture and science.

The curators have arranged each gallery in a way that’s enjoyable for all ages and parents will be kept just as entertained as their children, which makes this free attraction a perfect venue for a family day out.

Although there are lots of permanent fixtures (like the restored Spitfire hanging from the ceiling of the East Court) many exhibits in the Life (showcasing natural and human history) and Expression (featuring fine art) galleries are rotated, so going back for another visit later in the year always gives you something new to look at.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum currently displays 9,000 exhibits across 22 state-of-the-art galleries, with the fine art collections being widely recognized as some of the best in Europe where you can see masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir and Glasgow’s favourite home-grown designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The attraction is a great place to wander around if the weather turns grey but as it’s in the middle of Kelvingrove Park you can always head outside to enjoy the sun when the clouds clear.

There’s even a decent restaurant on-site, and Kelvingrove is close to Glasgow University and The Hunterian Museum so it’s easy to visit both attractions in one day.


Glasgow University and The Hunterian Museum

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Address: The Gilbert Scott Building, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Contact details: Telephone 0141 330 4221, email hunterian-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to the University of Glasgow, A Guide to the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow

Strictly speaking, this is actually two separate attractions, although the Hunterian Museum is located inside the university’s Gilbert Scott Building so I’m combining them into one section.

The University of Glasgow is the 4th-oldest university in the world and features the most striking buildings in Glasgow – and possibly the whole of Scotland – looking more like a cathedral than a place of education.

These beautiful buildings are located close to Kelvingrove Park which you can walk to in just 10-minutes, so it’s well worth taking the time to visit the university if you’re in the area.

It’s an extraordinarily scenic place, full of Gothic towers and hidden archways and it absolutely oozes with atmosphere because it’s so old, having been founded all the way back in 1451.

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The 150-year-old Gilbert Scott Building is located in the centre of the university complex where you’ll find the iconic cloisters, and Bute Hall which is a very grand hall where students graduate.

If you follow the staircase that leads away from The Cloisters you’ll find The Hunterian Museum which is a real hidden gem of an attraction.

This fascinating collection of exhibits opened in 1807 when private collector and anatomist William Hunter gifted his life’s work to the university, and since then it has been extended into a museum that covers fields of study including Roman history, dinosaurs, evolution, metals, minerals, medicine and much more.

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Turn right from the main entrance and you’ll enter the main hall – a huge area set over 2 floors that contains the bulk of the artefacts while the space opposite the main entrance houses a collection of pieces from the Roman Antonine Wall.

They’ve managed to cram a huge number of artefacts inside each exhibition space and the displays never get boring, though I suppose they’ve had the time to get it just right seeing as The Hunterian is the oldest museum in Scotland.

Each display case is meticulously arranged and full of interesting objects from meteorites to dinosaur bones and ancient human tools to old medical instruments, and there’s so much to look at I defy anyone to get bored during their visit.

And did I mention it’s free to get in? Seriously, what’s not to like about that?


Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral
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Address: Cathedral Precinct, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0QZ

Contact details: Telephone Historic Scotland Custodians 0141 552 6891, Contact form

My complete guide: A Guide to Glasgow Cathedral

This medieval cathedral was built in dedication to Saint Kentigern (also known as Saint Mungo) who is believed to have been buried on the site in AD 612.

After his death, worshippers flocked to St. Mungo’s shrine and a small community grew around it. Over time, the community attracted tradespeople and shopkeepers and within a few hundred years Glasgow was founded.

The cathedral as we see it today wasn’t finished till the mid-1200s but take a look at it and you can understand why it took so long to build.

It’s beautifully sculpted and mightily impressive – kind of like a mini York Minster – and thankfully it’s managed to survive the last 900-odd years pretty much intact through religious upheavals and world wars.

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Step inside the nave and you’ll be amazed by the intricate carvings in the stonework and the awe-inspiring stained-glass windows. It’s an incredible space and It’s not really surprising that even today, Glasgow Cathedral remains one of the city’s most-visited buildings.

The cathedral is joint run with Historic Environment Scotland so there are frequent exhibitions held inside and you can book yourself onto a free tour if you really want to discover its history, but I personally recommend wandering around at your own leisure to soak up the atmosphere.

And speaking of atmosphere, when you visit make sure you head downstairs to the crypt which is the final resting place of St. Kentigern.

It’s really goose-bumpy (that’s an actual word, right?) down there and there are information panels so you can learn about the story of both the cathedral and the saint, but if you develop a thirst to know more there’s a decent shop near the entrance that has lots of history books to browse through.

If all that leaves you craving more I highly recommend you take a walk across the cathedral precinct and head inside St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art – which just so happens to be the next attraction in this list.

St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
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Address: Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH

Contact details: Telephone 0141 276 1625 , email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

This is another Glasgow Museum that’s well worth visiting, not just because it’s free and next door to the cathedral but because it’s genuinely interesting whether you’re a religious type or not.

I’ll be honest with you here, I’ve got absolutely no interest in religion, but I really enjoyed my visit to St. Mungo’s Museum and I think people will find it interesting regardless of their background.

I’ve got a mind-blowing fact for you – this is the only museum in the world that’s solely devoted to the subject of religion. Ok, that’s not exactly mind-blowing but it is a wee bit interesting, and I reckon it’s worth visiting this museum just for that fact alone.

What impressed me most about St. Mungo’s Museum is that it doesn’t cram religion down your throat and instead aims to inform and educate you about religions the world over. You’re then left to make up your own mind, which is a great approach to take.

To achieve that aim each room is full to the rafters with religious paintings, statues and objects collected from all over the globe and there are lots of information panels along with each exhibit and display case so you can learn about the origins of each religion and how it ties into modern life.

Take a walk around the floors and you’ll see a Nigerian tribal screen sat next to a statue of the Indian god Shiva, and Buddha statues resting in front of Christian stained glass windows.

Of course, the biggest section is devoted to St. Mungo himself so you can’t fail to learn a little about the saint and his links to Glasgow.

While all this is great for adults I think youngsters are going to find it hard going but at least there’s a good café downstairs with outside seating if you want to give them a break.


The Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport

The Riverside Museum of Transport
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Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Contact details: Telephone 0141 287 2720 , email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to the Riverside Museum of Transport

This really is a first-class tourist attraction because not only is it next to The Tall Ship – more on that later – but it’s full of the greatest achievements in motoring history.

Take a walk around this museum and you’ll find pristine examples of Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce, as well as more down-to-earth cars like the Ford Anglia and VW Beetle.

You can dust your flares off and imagine being back in control of a 1970s Ford Cortina or strap on your deeley-bobbers (if you’re under 30, Google it) and pretend you’re manning the helm of a Sinclair C5.

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But it’s not just cars on show. Raleigh Choppers, Penny Farthings, steam and diesel trains, ambulances, trams, horse and carriages – you name it, if it’s been used for transport there’s a good chance an example of it is somewhere to be found in this museum.

By the way, that last example, the horse and carriages, are part of the best display at the attraction where the curators have installed a recreation of an entire Glasgow street inside the main hall, complete with shops, café, subway station and even a good-old-fashioned spit-and-sawdust boozer (booze not included, unfortunately).

This entire display is absolutely fantastic and you can walk inside most of the shops for a really authentic taste of what life would have been like in the last century.


The Tall Ship

The Tall Ship
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Address: 150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Contact details: Telephone 0141 357 3699, Contact form

My complete guide: A Guide to the Tall Ship

If you step outside the Riverside Transport Museum as it faces the River Clyde you can’t fail to miss the enormous sailing ship moored outside.

This 19th-century three-mast ship is the Glenlee, and she offers a glimpse into what life on the seven seas would have been like over one hundred years ago.

The Glenlee is one of only five Clyde-built tall ships that are still afloat today and she’s open to visitors to explore every nook and cranny to discover why these ships were used so extensively back when Glasgow was a shipbuilding powerhouse.

It took six years to fully restore the vessel and the owners have done a superb job, with everything looking new and ship-shape from the main deckhouse all the way down to the cargo hold.

There are information panels installed throughout the ship and you can get hands-on in most areas, though some of the displays like the galley and the kitchen are cordoned off at the door.

A Guide to Visiting The Tall Ship in Glasgow
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Speaking of the galley, food is very much alive and well on the Glenlee because they’ve managed to fit an entire cafeteria and gift shop into the 2nd-level deck. The fact that the café and shop only take up half of the floor space gives you some idea of just how big the vessel actually is.

The lower decks have a children’s play area and an education room complete with mini-cinema and there are even more information panels on the walls to tell you all about the ship, the crew that manned her, and Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage.


The Gallery of Modern Art

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
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Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Contact details: Telephone 0141 287 3050, email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art – or the GOMA as it’s more commonly known – is the city’s primary gallery for modern art and it has been entertaining locals and visiting tourists since 1996.

While the gallery in its current incarnation isn’t that old the building that contains the collection most certainly is, having been originally built in 1778 as the townhouse of the tobacco merchant William Cunninghame before being taken over by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1817.

The building is in the cultural heart of the city, not far from George Square and in between Buchanan and Queen Streets – both popular attractions in their own right thanks to the number of shops, malls, bars and restaurants in them.

The gallery hosts artworks by many of the world’s greatest contemporary artists and walking around each floor gives you access to pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Margaret Tait and many others in a range of media including paintings, sculptures, photos and video.

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But the GOMA isn’t just about showcasing modern art because it’s also used as an educational venue where visitors are free to unleash their inner artist in regular classes and workshops held throughout the year.

Although the GOMA is free to visit there are frequent premium exhibitions that have an entrance fee, with tickets around £5-10.

There’s also a good café on-site and a great shop that has lots of art and culture-themed books if you’re interested in that type of thing.

To be honest, I don’t think this is a good attraction to take young children as they’ll find it a bit boring, but if you’ve got 13+ teenagers they’ll more than likely have a great time at the GOMA.

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Outdoor places to visit in Glasgow

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park
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Address: Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, Glasgow

Contact details: Glasgow City Council website

My complete guide: A Guide to Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow

As mentioned above, Kelvingrove Park is home to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – one of Scotland’s most visited free tourist attractions, and a walk around one wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the other afterwards.

The Victorian park covers an expansive 85 acres and it’s worth visiting whether you want to look at the monuments that are spread across it in every direction or walk along the miles of footpaths.

Walking north along Kelvin Way will take you to the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre which was used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the Kelvingrove skate park is nearby if you’ve got sports-loving kids with a penchant for skateboards.

A Guide to Visiting Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow
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There are also 3 children’s play parks if you’ve got younger offspring that need to be kept occupied and there are a couple of cafés if you fancy a caffeine fix away from the claustrophobic city centre.

Kelvingrove is a very accessible park and the majority of the paths are well-maintained tarmac, with the path that runs alongside the River Kelvin as it meanders towards the River Clyde being a firm favourite with locals.

The Kelvin Walkway is a real oasis right in the heart of Glasgow and it’s home to geese, kingfishers, foxes and even otters, while the rest of the parkland is set to lawn with copses of trees and the occasional pond.


The Glasgow Necropolis

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Address: Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0UZ

Contact details: email chair@glasgownecropolis.org

My complete guide: A Guide to the Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis is the final resting place of over 50,000 Glasgow residents, many of whom were instrumental in forging Scotland into the country that it is today.

Across this vast 37-acre site you’ll find a dizzying number of Gothic tombs, monuments and gravestones with a spiders-web of paths threading their way between them.

One thing I recommend you do before setting off is to download a map and then go on a hunt for the graves of Scotland’s most famous great and good – like John Knox and Charles Rennie Mackintosh – because it makes the whole experience even more interesting.

You can download a good map here.

A Guide to Visiting The Glasgow Necropolis
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There are around 3,500 monuments at the Necropolis and most of them are very decorative, but possibly none more so than the very first monument that was installed there for the 16th-century preacher, John Knox.

Knox’s monument sits on top of a hill overlooking Glasgow Cathedral and it’s a great spot to get an elevated view of the city. If you haven’t visited the cathedral by this point you’ll find it’s just a 5-minute walk from the Knox monument.

It’s just a shame that Knox isn’t actually buried there. Instead, you’ll find him tarmacked under the car park at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh!


Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Garden
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Address: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, G12 0UE

Contact details: Telephone 0141 276 1614, email General Manager

My complete guide: A Guide to Glasgow Botanic Garden

Glasgow’s Botanic Garden’s easily rival those in Edinburgh (high praise as you’ll know if you’ve been there) and they’re a must-visit if you’re in Glasgow but don’t want to spend all day indoors.

The gardens are home to over 12,000 different specimens that are spread across lawns, flower beds, riverside woodland and a gigantic conservatory, all of which have been carefully managed since 1842 when they were first opened to the public.

The Victorian conservatory known as the Kibble Palace is particularly impressive because not only does it house a mini maze, a collection of beautiful statues and a pond, but it’s also the home of Scotland’s national collection of ferns – some of which are over 120 years old.

A second, modern steel-framed greenhouse sits nearby which isn’t anywhere near as attractive on the outside but more than makes up for it on the inside, where you’ll find a tropical jungle, a copse of exotic trees and lots of rare flowers collected from all over the world.

Another attractive part of the gardens is the walkway along the River Kelvin which offers a lovely riverside setting that makes it all too easy to forget you’re in the middle of a bustling urban metropolis.

The Glasgow Botanic Gardens also has a restaurant in the former Curator’s house near the front entrance where you’ll be able to sample a delicious range of home baking.


Glasgow Green and The People’s Palace

Glasgow Green and The People's Palace
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Address: Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT

Contact details: Telephone 0141 276 0788, email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

My complete guide: A Guide to Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace

The People’s Palace is proof if it were ever needed that Glasgow is rightly proud of its social history.

Set in Glasgow Green, the ‘Palace’ (it’s a nice building, but not really up to royal standards) was opened in 1898 as a cultural centre for Glasgow’s residents and at one time housed reading and recreation rooms until it was converted into a social history museum in the 1940s.

Although it fell into disrepair for a few years it has now reopened and has been renovated to include photography exhibitions, museum exhibits about the city’s history, a café, and the Winter Gardens.

The Winter Gardens are basically a miniature version of Kibble Palace in the botanic gardens and they offer a lovely green oasis whatever the weather is doing outside.

Outside the People’s Palace is the Doulton Fountain that was created in 1888 to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria, while landmarks like Nelson’s Monument – built 30 years before Nelson’s Column in London – can be found in the centre of Glasgow Green.

Other points of interest are the McLennan Arch that sits at the Saltmarket entrance and various statues that commemorate leading figures from the city’s history.

This park is yet another example of Glasgow’s fondness for green spaces and most certainly contributes towards the fact that it is officially the second greenest city in Britain after Edinburgh.

Glasgow Green is also the venue for some of Scotland’s biggest annual events with TRNSMT (which you can read about in my Complete Guide to the TRNSMT Music Festival) being one of the highlights along with The World Pipe Band Championships.


Glasgow Mural Trail

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My complete guide: A Guide to the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail

The last attraction in this list of the best places to visit in Glasgow isn’t an attraction as such, more of a series of artworks spread across the city.

The mural trail has gained something of a cult following among visitors to Glasgow because it’s one of the few ways to see the more off-the-standard-tourist-route areas while still being able to do a bit of sightseeing.

The trail is a fairly recent addition that was created as a way to dress up the ‘less-salubrious’ parts of Glasgow while offering potential visitors an incentive to go for a walkabout.

Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail
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The Glasgow Mural Trail is a way for Scotland’s best young artistic talents to create a series of clever murals that highlight the role that Glasgow and its people have played in Britain in modern times.

Many of these murals are absolutely enormous and they’re surprisingly high quality – think along the lines of Banksy but much more colourful, and you won’t go far wrong.

While it’s possible to just wander around the city and stumble on the odd one here and there, if you want to see them all you need to head over to the official Glasgow Mural Trail website and check out their map.

Don’t be surprised if during your walk you find the occasional mural has mysteriously gone missing though, because this metropolis is constantly in motion and walls and buildings are getting torn down and replaced all the time.

So while you might miss out on some artworks you can rest assured a different one will be going up somewhere else to replace it, which just means you get to explore even more places in Glasgow the next time you visit.

How to travel to Glasgow

One of the reasons the city is so popular is that it’s really easy to get to if you’re visiting from overseas thanks to the excellent transport infrastructure both inside the city and on its outskirts.

If you’re choosing to fly you’ll find Glasgow Airport (address: Paisley, PA3 2SW) is just a 15-minute bus ride using the Glasgow Airport Express service 500.

These buses are ultra-efficient and depart every 10 minutes so you’ll never wait long to catch one, plus they operate 24/7 (except for Christmas Day). You’ll find them at the airport stance 1 when you arrive and Buchanan Bus Station stance 46 when you depart. They’re reasonably priced at around £20 for a family ticket.

Be warned though that Glasgow Airport is enormous – understandable considering it’s an international travel hub serving more than 30 airlines – and it gets very busy so I’d advise getting transport to your destination as soon as possible.

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With that in mind if you want to steer clear of the buses you can grab a taxi from dedicated taxi ranks at the airport entrance or take a train into the city centre from Paisley Gilmour Street station which is around a mile from the terminal.

The other major airport you could use is Glasgow Prestwick (address: Prestwick KA9 2PL) which is quite a bit further out at 32 miles from the city centre but has its own railway station that connects to Glasgow Central Station in 45 minutes.

This airport also has shuttle services to outlying car parks if you’d rather drive and it has bus services that connect to the city centre. Check out the Stagecoach website for further details.

If you want to find out more about Scotland’s airports and how to travel between them take a look at my Complete Guide to Scotland’s Airports.

Another popular travel option is the train and you can reach the city centre from the south of Scotland at Glasgow Central Station or from Edinburgh and the north of Scotland at Queen Street Station.

Both stations are easily accessible from the city centre and make travelling to the rest of the country an absolute breeze, especially if you’re intending to combine a visit to Glasgow with Edinburgh as the train journey between them only takes one hour.

How to travel around Glasgow

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Much like Edinburgh’s 18th-century New Town design, Glasgow is built on a grid system which makes it easy to navigate. There is an extensive bus network provided by First Bus and taxi’s can be hailed from pretty much anywhere in the city centre.

Due to the fact that many of the best tourist attractions are spread across the city I recommend you take advantage of the SPT Subway system which runs in a circle around the most-visited areas and then walk to your destination from the nearest available station.

The subway – the only one in Scotland – is insanely convenient and only takes 24 minutes to complete a circuit of its 15 stations.

The carriages are clean, modern and the tickets are reasonably priced at around £4 for an all-day adult smartcard.

As a top tip I recommend heading to the SPT website and downloading a copy of their station map. That way you can walk around the city’s attractions and find your most convenient subway stop at the end of your day.

Alternatively, head over to Google Maps as they also list all the SPT stations. Honestly, where would we be nowadays without Google?

Glasgow’s buses meanwhile, have to contend with jam-packed streets and I’m afraid they’re not a patch on Edinburgh’s beautifully clean Lothian Buses.

That being said, First Buses cover the entire city and you can get an adult day ticket across all city zones for around £5 which is a cheap way to go sightseeing.

As far as taxis are concerned they’re by far the easiest option, but also the most expensive.

Glasgow Taxis are the official licenced service and they have an amazing website and app that makes booking an absolute doddle.

They have a fleet of over 800 taxis and operate 24/7, 365 days a year so you’ll always be able to get to your destination no matter what the other modes of public transport are doing.

I’ve listed most of this information on my Glasgow Travel Information page so remember to bookmark it so you’ve always got this information to hand.

The weather in Glasgow

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Due to the fact the west coast is close to the Atlantic you’ll frequently find temperatures are a little bit cooler than the east coast, although because Glasgow is set inland it misses out on many of the downpours that the coastal towns are subjected to.

July and August (so says holidayweather.com) are regarded as the hottest months with average temperatures sitting around 15 °C while January tends to be the coldest with average temperatures of 3 °C.

Bear in mind that these are average temperatures and day-to-day conditions can vary considerably, so don’t be surprised to find yourself in blazing mid-20’s sunshine in summer and below-freezing blizzards in winter.

That being said, you can pretty much guarantee that outside of the summer months you’ll be subjected to quite a few rainy days and unfortunately Glasgow doesn’t fare too well when it comes to getting a good-old-fashioned British downpour.

December and January suffer the worst of the wet weather with an average 25 rainy days per month and even August gets between 10 and 15 days of rain, so you might want to pack an umbrella if you’re thinking of visiting.

But at least Glasgow gets plenty of summer daylight and you’ll find the sun rising around 5 am and setting at 10 pm, giving you a full 17 hours of light to enjoy.

This is in contrast to winter where the sun rises around 8.30 in the morning and sets around 4 pm, giving you a miserable 7 and a half hours of light which might be worth bearing in mind if you’re thinking of visiting the city in the colder months.

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Well, that wraps it up for this list of awesome places to visit in Glasgow and I hope it has given you some inspiration for places to visit.

If you would like to find in-depth reviews of Glasgow’s top tourist attractions please take a look at the Glasgow category in this website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Glasgow?

Glasgow Airport (address: Paisley, PA3 2SW) is a 15-minute bus ride away from the city centre using the Glasgow Airport Express Bus service 500. The other major airport is Glasgow Prestwick (address: Prestwick KA9 2PL) which is 32 miles from the city centre but has its own railway station that connects to Glasgow Central Station in 45 minutes.

How do I get around Glasgow?

There is an extensive bus network provided by First Bus, and taxi’s can be hailed from virtually anywhere in the city centre. Additionally, the SPT Subway system runs in a circle around the most-visited areas of the city.

What is the weather in Glasgow like?

July and August are regarded as the hottest months with average temperatures around 15°c. January tends to be the coldest month with average temperatures of 3°c. December and January suffer the worst of the wet weather with an average 25 rainy days per month while August gets between 10 and 15 days of rain on average.

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