The Best Places to Visit in Glasgow – Ultimate Visitor Guide

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is famous for its superb collection of free attractions that include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum of Transport, and The Tall Ship, all of which welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

But there’s more to this city than museums and art galleries and a visit can easily include expansive parks, bustling shopping centres, and world-class theatres, all located within easy distance of each other.

Discover the best places to visit in Glasgow in this ultimate visitor guide that includes overviews of the top attractions, a map, and lots of useful visiting advice.

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The best places to visit in Glasgow – from parks to museums

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.

Or how about Tennent’s lager, enormous city parks, and world-class shopping?

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

There’s certainly an exciting atmosphere in Glasgow compared to other Scottish cities. It feels more modern and has an edge to it that mirrors London, but is without a doubt a friendlier place than the English capital.

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

It’s a family-friendly city too 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 enter.

In this article you’ll discover the best places to visit in Glasgow from museums and art galleries to public parks and botanic gardens.

In the following sections you’ll find a map of the main attractions along with descriptions of each one and lots of useful information to help you travel around the city and plan your visit. The article is constantly being updated with new information so please bookmark it for future reference.

Discover Glasgow in 360° with this article: Virtual Tours of Attractions in Glasgow.


Map of places to visit in Glasgow

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The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

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

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Glasgow Gallery 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 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.

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 costing around £5-10.

There’s also a good on-site café and a great shop that has lots of art and culture-themed books that you’d struggle to find anywhere else.

Perhaps the best thing about visiting the GOMA is the fact that as it’s so centrally located in Glasgow it’s close to lots of other attractions – including George Square which is detailed next.


George Square

Address: Glasgow, G2 1DH

Contact details: NA

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George Square

While it might not be the most show-stopping attraction in Glasgow, George Square is definitely a place that’s worth visiting.

To be honest, due to its location it’s actually difficult not to visit Glasgow’s main civic square as it’s situated directly outside Queen Street train station on the junction of Queen Street and George Street – two of the busiest roads in the city.

The focal point of the square is the Scott Monument in the centre, but visitors might like to spend more time looking at the statues surrounding it as they depict famous figures from Scotland’s history including poet Robert Burns and Prime Minister William Gladstone.

There are plaques set into each statue’s plinth that tell you the name and dates of each person that’s memorialized, but if you really want to know more about their history I recommend downloading the official heritage trail guide which explains the full story of each monument in detail.

On the eastern side of the square lies The Cenotaph memorial that’s dedicated to all the Scots that fell in the great wars, while behind it you’ll find the Victorian City Chamber which is the city’s main civic building.

The City Chamber is open for guided tours twice daily and I recommend popping your head inside and enquiring when the next tour is on as you’ll have a fascinating walk around a building that’s absolutely beautiful inside, with lavish amounts of marble and polished mahogany that rivals any other historic building in Scotland. Tours are free and last around 45 minutes, and you can get tickets by enquiring at the reception desk.

The other reason to visit George Square is for the festivals that are staged there throughout the year – the largest of which are the Piping Live and Glasgow Loves Christmas events – but there are dozens of smaller events held at various times. To find out which events are coming up, check out the eventbrite website.


Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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

Contact details: Telephone 0141 276 1614, email General Manager

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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 is 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 Cathedral

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

Contact details: Tel 0141 552 6891, website contact form

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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 the city of 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 – similar but smaller than York Minster – and thankfully it managed to survive the last 900-odd years pretty much intact through religious upheavals and world wars.

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 a stunning building and It’s not really surprising that even today, Glasgow Cathedral remains one of the city’s most-visited attractions.

The cathedral is joint run with Historic Environment Scotland who offer a self-guided audio tour but I personally recommend just wandering around the building at your own leisure to soak up the atmosphere.

That being said, the audio tour is genuinely interesting and is worth purchasing for first-time visitors, but be aware it’s downloaded onto your mobile phone so you’ll need to remember to take headphones with you.

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

The crypt is fascinating and there are lots of 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 is one of the few museums in the world solely dedicated to religion.


Glasgow Green and The People’s Palace

Address: Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT

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

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Glasgow Green and The People's Palace

The People’s Palace – located within the grounds of Glasgow Green public park – is proof if it were ever needed that Glasgow is rightly proud of its history.

The ‘Palace’ was opened in 1898 as a cultural centre for Glasgow’s residents and it housed reading and recreation rooms until it was converted into a social history museum in the 1940s.

Although it fell into near-ruin in the 80s and 90s, 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 similar to a miniature version of Kibble Palace in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens (see later in this article), and they offer a lovely green oasis whatever the weather is doing outside.

Outside the People’s Palace you’ll find 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 in the park are the McLennan Arch that sits at the Saltmarket entrance, and various statues that commemorate leading figures from the city’s history.

Glasgow Green is yet another example of Glasgow’s fondness for green spaces and 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 The Complete Guide to the TRNSMT Music Festival) being one of the highlights along with The World Pipe Band Championships.


The Glasgow Mural Trail

Address: See the City Centre Mural Trail website for current mural locations

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Glasgow Taxi Mural

The City Centre Mural Trail isn’t really an attraction as such, but it’s very popular and attracts thousands of tourists each year who search the city streets in the hopes of finding a number of pop-up artworks.

The mural trail has gained something of a cult following among Glasgow’s visitors because it’s one of the few ways to see the more off-the-standard-tourist-route areas that are never mentioned in guide books.

The Glasgow Mural Trail also allows Scotland’s best young artistic talent to display their art in a collection of scenes that highlight the role that Glasgow has played in Britain’s history.

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

While it’s possible to just wander around the city and stumble on the occasional mural 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 updated map.

Don’t be surprised if during your walk you find the occasional mural has suddenly gone missing though, as they are designed to be replaced by new murals whenever the walls they are painted on are demolished.

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 parts of Glasgow the next time you visit.


The Hunterian Museum

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

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

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The Hunterian Museum

The 150-year-old Gilbert Scott Building is located in the centre of the University of Glasgow, officially the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

It’s there where you’ll be able to explore the Hunterian Museum which is widely regarded as one of the best hidden gems in the city.

To find it, head to the iconic cloisters and follow the staircase that leads towards Bute Hall where you’ll find the museum directly opposite.

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 expanded into a museum that covers fields of study including Roman history, dinosaurs, evolution, metals, minerals, medicine and much more.

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 the first medical instruments. Admittedly it’s a far smaller collection than you’ll find at Kelvingrove, but it’s no less interesting for it.

Like all the best attractions in Glasgow, The Hunterian Museum is completely free to enter, and as it’s located close to Kelvingrove it’s easy to combine a visit to both in one day – perfect if you’re trying to entertain bored children when it’s raining.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

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

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem

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. During a visit 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 art galleries featuring collections of fine art and exhibition halls that showcase artefacts from the fields of history and science.

The curators have arranged each gallery in a way that’s enjoyable for all ages and adults will be as entertained just as much as 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 an incredible 9,000 exhibits across 22 state-of-the-art galleries, with the fine art collections widely recognized as among the best in Europe.

These galleries house works by many of the world’s most famous artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Glasgow’s favourite home-grown designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Although there’s no on-site parking, Kelvingrove features a superb café and gift shop and as it’s located in Kelvingrove Park it’s easy to let children run wild in the play park after your visit.


Kelvingrove Park

Address: Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, Glasgow

Contact details: Glasgow City Council website

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Kelvingrove Park

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.

This Victorian park covers an expansive 85 acres and it’s worth exploring whether you want to look at the monuments dotted around it or walk along the miles of footpaths that thread their way across open grass areas, the River Kelvin, play parks, and sports venues.

Walking north along Kelvin Way will take you to the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre that 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.

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 paths are comprised of well-maintained tarmac so it’s an accessible space for pushchairs as well as wheelchair users. The path that runs alongside the River Kelvin as it meanders towards the River Clyde is arguably the highlight, but the path leading to the ornate Stewart Memorial Fountain comes a close second.

If you find yourself in the mood for a longer walk, The Kelvin Walkway is a wildlife oasis located in the heart of Glasgow that’s home to geese, kingfishers, foxes, and even otters. The walkway starts at Kelvingrove Park tennis courts and follow the river for six miles to Dawsholm Park, situated to the north-west of Glasgow city centre.


The Glasgow Necropolis

Address: Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0UZ

Contact details: email chair@glasgownecropolis.org

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The Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis is the final resting place for 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.

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 already visited the cathedral, 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!

One thing I recommend you do before setting off to explore the Glasgow Necropolis is download a map of the site and then go on a hunt for the graves of famous Scots such as John Knox and Charles Rennie Mackintosh because it makes the whole experience even more interesting.

Failing that, you might consider joining one of the free tours provided by The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis. These tours are extremely popular and are often filled months in advance, so I recommend taking a look at their website before visiting to see if there are any available spaces.


The Riverside Museum of Transport

Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

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

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The Riverside Museum of Transport

This really is a first-class tourist attraction because not only is it situated 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 from 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 40, Google it) and pretend you’re manning the helm of a Sinclair C5.

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 which is a recreation of an entire Glasgow street inside the main hall complete with shops, a café, a subway station, and even a good-old-fashioned spit-and-sawdust boozer (booze not included, unfortunately).

The entire display is very realistic and you can walk inside most of the shops for an authentic taste of what life would have been like in the last century.


The Glasgow Science Centre

Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA

Contact details: Tel 0141 420 5000

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Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow is renowned for its amazing free tourist attractions, but there are many more paid attractions that take a visit to the city to a whole new level.

Chief amongst these has to be the Glasgow Science Centre situated on the River Clyde waterfront. Though designed primarily for children, this superb five-star attraction is equally worth a visit by adults and the available activities will see you soaring to the top of a 127-metre viewing tower, watching a mesmerizing show in an IMAX cinema, and having fun with lots of high-tech science-themed exhibits.

The Glasgow Science Centre is split into three sections and you can purchase tickets for each separately or save a wee bit of money and buy all-in-one tickets, including a ‘Science Passport’ which allows free re-admittance for the following 12 months.

The most impressive section is the enormous Glasgow Tower which is officially the tallest fully rotating structure in the world. There’s a lift that takes visitors to the very top where you can view the city from a viewing platform that offers a full 360° panorama and having been up there twice I have to say the view is nothing short of breathtaking.

The next section features a bizarre-looking bowl-shaped building which is, in fact, the IMAX planetarium. You don’t have to be a child to be enthralled by the immersive shows that are played out on the state-of-the-art screens, but they’re generally aimed at visiting schoolchildren so each show has an element of education to it. If you have children with you, I guarantee they’ll love it.

The final section is the science mall which is where all the interactive exhibits are located. This is the most child-themed part of the attraction as it’s filled to the rafters with things to prod and poke that demonstrate science in all its forms, from forces and energy to optical illusions.

There are enough activities at this attraction to keep visitors occupied for the majority of the day, so it’s just as well there’s a café on-site to keep hungry bellies filled up and if the kids are complaining they don’t want to leave at the end of the day you can always bribe them with something from the on-site gift shop.


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The Scottish Event Campus Centre

Address: Glasgow, G3 8YW

Contact details: Tel 0141 248 3000

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Glasgow SECC

The Scottish Event Campus Centre isn’t actually a tourist attraction, but it’s certainly somewhere that’s worth taking a look if you’re wandering along the River Clyde walkway.

The SECC is located a mile east of the Riverside Museum where it’s divided into three main buildings – the Armadillo, the Hydro, and the SEC Centre. Each of these buildings serves as a stage for various events throughout the year, primarily music concerts but also a number of exhibitions.

The reason why I’ve included it in this list is that two of the buildings – the Armadillo and the Hydro – are completely unlike any other building in Scotland, and possibly the whole of Britain. They’re stunning examples of British architecture and a selfie or two in front of them has become a bit of a must-do for tourists during their sightseeing walks around Glasgow.

It won’t take long to walk from the Riverside Museum or the Tall ship to the SECC (maybe 20 minutes) and it’s an enjoyable way to see the River Clyde, with a bonus being there are plenty of other things to see in the immediate area.

Directly opposite the Hydro is the Finnieston Crane which is one of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks. The enormous crane is one of the few reminders that at one time Glasgow was one of the world’s largest shipbuilders which at its peak employed more than 70,000 workers in 19 yards. Photos of the crane with the Clyde behind it almost have to be part of your photo gallery.

The Glasgow Science Centre and Festival Park lie on the opposite side of the river, and Clydeside Whisky Distillery is situated to the west of the SECC car park, but if you’d rather get back to the city centre you’ll find the exhibition subway station on the other side of the A814 (via an overpass).


The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Address: Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH

Contact details: Tel 0141 276 1625

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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 situated next to the cathedral, but because it’s genuinely interesting whether you’re religious or not.

I have to say I have absolutely no interest in religion but I really enjoyed my visit to the St. Mungo Museum and I think people will find it fascinating regardless of their background.

One thing worth mentioning is the fact that this is the only museum in the world that’s solely devoted to the subject of religion so you’re unlikely to find a collection of artefacts like this anywhere else.

What impressed me most about the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is that its primary purpose is to inform and educate people about religions the world over, without suggesting any one is superior to the other.

To achieve that aim each room contains a varied collection of religious paintings, statues, and objects collected from all over the globe along with lots of information panels next to each exhibit.

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 during your visit.

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, and of course Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis are located within a few minutes walk of the museum.


The Tall Ship

Address: 150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Contact details: Tel 0141 357 3699, website contact form

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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 next to it.

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 a 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.

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 University of Glasgow

Address: The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Contact details: Telephone 0141 330 4221

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Glasgow University

Like the SECC, the University of Glasgow isn’t a tourist attraction in the truest sense, but it’s somewhere that has become part-and-parcel of every guided tour around the city.

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 – which look 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’ve already been to Kelvingrove Museum

Much like Edinburgh’s Old Town, the university is an extraordinarily atmospheric place that’s full of Gothic towers and hidden archways and it absolutely oozes with history – as you’d expect having been founded all the way back in 1451.

When you visit you’ll notice a number of information boards that point you in the direction of the Hunterian Museum and the Hunterian Gallery, but there’s also a nice wee university gift shop and a couple of cheap cafés in the campus.

The public are free to explore the exterior of the oldest buildings at their leisure, but as it’s a working university it’s not possible to enter all the buildings as a tourist.

My advice to make the most of your visit is to check out the official university website which has a pre-made self-guided tour that you can follow as well as details of how to book a guided tour.


The best tours in Glasgow

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Glasgow is an amazing city to visit but it can also be a confusing place due to its large sprawling layout that sees many of its top attractions spread across the city centre and beyond to its borders.

Unlike Edinburgh which has virtually all of its attractions located within walking distance of each other, a sightseeing tour of Glasgow means you’ll have to combine foot power with bus, subway, and possibly taxis.

So what can the busy visitor do to maximize their time?

The obvious answer has to be joining a professional guided tour with an experienced guide who knows the city like the back of their hand. They’ll be able to take you around all the top attractions as a small group in the most direct route, saving you time, and in many cases, money.

That being said, not everyone likes being part of a tour group which is why the other option for being shown where to go – the hop-on hop-off tour bus – is one of the most popular ways for visitors to see Glasgow.

The following list features a selection of the best-reviewed tours on the Get Your Guide website (one of the biggest tour booking services) held that are daily, along with options for tour buses.

Glasgow: City Centre Guided Walking Tour – Of all the tours you can choose from, this is the pick of the bunch for visitors that want a general overview of the city. The tour starts outside the grand City Chamber in George Square and continues around all the main attractions including the cathedral, the Necropolis, Glasgow Green, and many more. BOOK NOW.

City Sightseeing Glasgow: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour – Purchasing a ticket for a hop-on hop-off bus means you can visit all the top attractions on a partially-open bus that drives between all the main sites throughout the day. The tour bus features audio guides of each attraction so you can decide which ones you’d like to hop off and view at your leisure. When you leave, simply wait for the bus to return and hop back on to visit the next destination. BOOK NOW.

Glasgow: Glengoyne Distillery Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting – If you’ve never been on a whisky distillery tour, visiting Glengoyne will be the perfect introduction to the world of Scotland’s greatest export. Glengoyne isn’t the biggest brand by any means but their tour is one of the best thanks to a fascinating walk around the whisky-making facilities and a tutored tasting of 3 generous samples from the vaults. BOOK NOW.

Glasgow: Street Art Guided Walking Tour – As mentioned in an earlier section, the Glasgow City Mural Trail is a great way to see the city, but some murals can be a little tricky to find. On this tour, a Glasgow expert will take you around each one in the most direct route while telling you stories about each mural and how the modern city inspired them. BOOK NOW.

Glasgow: Celtic Park Stadium Tour – If you love football you’ll enjoy every second of this tour (one of the most popular Glasgow tours available) which takes visitors on a journey to feel the passion and history of Celtic Park Stadium. The 1-hour tour explores the dressing room, dugout, training areas, the tunnel, and much more with a knowledgeable guide who explains the history of the club along with a few amusing stories. BOOK NOW.

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow Meal & Skip The Line Ticket – Finding a good place to enjoy a meal in Glasgow can be a little intimidating as there are so many options it’s impossible to know where to begin. However, by pre-paying for a ticket to the Hard Rock Café you’ll have a superb meal in a fun setting – with the bonus being your entry ticket allows you to skip straight to the front of the queue. A great option for families and couples alike. BOOK NOW.


How to get to Glasgow

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One of the reasons Glasgow is so popular is that it’s really easy to get to for overseas visitors thanks to excellent transport links 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 from the city centre 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 also reasonably priced at around £20 for a family ticket.

Be aware that Glasgow Airport is enormous (it is, after all, an international travel hub serving more than 30 airlines) and it gets very busy, so the airport buses are more often than not jam-packed.

With that in mind, you might prefer to grab a taxi from the dedicated taxi ranks at the airport entrance or take a train into the city centre from Paisley Gilmour Street station which is around one 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.

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

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 intend to combine a visit to Glasgow with Edinburgh, as the train journey between them only takes one hour.

If you want to find out more about Scotland’s airports and how to travel between them take a look at: The Complete Guide to Scotland’s Airports, or for train travel check out: How to Tour Scotland by Train.


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. You can then walk to your destination from the nearest station.

The subway – the only one in Scotland – is insanely convenient and takes just 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 smart card.

As a top tip I recommend heading to the SPT website and downloading a copy of their station map as it will help you walk around the city’s attractions and find the most convenient subway stops.

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. Your best resource for using buses in Glasgow is the First Bus website which has a handy travel planner, but they also have a dedicated mobile app that offers the same service.

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 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.


Where to stay in Glasgow

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When it comes to booking hotels in Glasgow, from my own experience I would say it’s a much easier affair than Edinburgh. Edinburgh attracts more tourists than Glasgow and it’s a much smaller city, meaning its hotels have to be booked well in advance, especially in summer.

Glasgow, on the other hand, is almost twice the size of the capital and is more geared towards being a business hub which in turn means there are more hotels and they’re generally cheaper.

These reasonable prices make Glasgow an attractive option for tourists and there’s no need to search for accommodation on the city outskirts as you often have to when visiting the capital.

Having stayed in Glasgow many times over the years, I have a few recommendations which I’ll list below along with a selection of others that have superb online reviews. All these hotels are located within walking distance of the city centre and most offer a good breakfast, free WiFi, free parking, and disabled access.

Budget Hotels

The Z Hotel Glasgow. Address: 36 North Frederick Street, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G1 2BS. Located just 200 yards from Queen Street Station, this hotel caters to travellers on a budget while offering a high level of accommodation. The hotel serves a continental breakfast each morning and a selection of light meals throughout the day. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Free WiFi, 24-hour front desk, Lift, Bar.

Point A Hotel Glasgow. Address: 80 Bath Street, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G2 2EN. This budget chain focuses on offering cheap, clean, and modern rooms at a very affordable price. Prices tend to be around the same as Travelodge but the rooms are nicer, though maybe a wee bit smaller. This particular hotel is situated close to the Royal Concert Hall. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Parking, Facilities for disabled guests, 24-hour front desk, Lift, Heating.

ibis budget Glasgow. Address: 2A Springfield Quay, South, Glasgow, G5 8NP. ibis budget hotels are nicer than their name suggests. The rooms are modern and clean and undeniably cheap, but a little small. This hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, WiFi available in all areas, Free parking, Free WiFi, Pets allowed, Bar, Good breakfast.

Mid-range Hotels

ibis Styles Glasgow Central. Address: 116 Waterloo Street Douglas House, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G27DN. This hotel is located less than a mile from George Square and The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The rooms are modern and elegantly styled, though not much larger than a Travelodge room. However, they include lots of features such as a smart TV and coffee facilities, and there is a relaxed lounge/restaurant in the foyer. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Family rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Restaurant, Room service, 24-hour front desk, Bar, Very good breakfast.

Motel One Glasgow. Address: 78-82 Oswald Street , Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G1 4PL. Motel One is a chain that successfully manages to bridge the gap between budget prices and mid-tier quality. This hotel is conveniently located close to George Square and features a superb lounge area. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Free WiFi, Pets allowed, 24-hour front desk, Bar, Good breakfast.

Dakota Glasgow. Address: 179 West Regent Street, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G2 4DP. The Dakota chain leans towards business travellers which in turn means the rooms are of a very high standard. Dakota are best known for their executive suites which offer top-tier luxury rooms at mid-range prices. This hotel is located one mile from Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Restaurant, Room service, WiFi available in all areas, Parking, Tea/coffee maker in all rooms, Bar, Fabulous breakfast.

Top-Tier Hotels

One Devonshire Gardens a Hotel Du Vin. Address: One Devonshire Gardens, North West, Glasgow, G12 0UX. This 5-star boutique hotel in Glasgow’s fashionable west end features luxurious rooms, a well-stocked wine cellar, and a restaurant that sources its meat from the Queen’s own supplier. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Fitness centre, Family rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Restaurant, Room service, Tea/coffee maker in all rooms, Bar, Superb breakfast.

Kimpton – Blythswood Square Hotel. Address: 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G2 4AD. The 5-star Kimpton Hotel dates from 1823 and is located in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Each room features a marble bathroom and hotel guests have access to a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, and a first-class restaurant. Facilities: Swimming pool, Non-smoking rooms, Very good fitness centre, Facilities for disabled guests, Spa and wellness centre, Restaurant, Room service, Bar, Very good breakfast.

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel. Address: 11 Sherbrooke Avenue, South, Glasgow, G41 4PG. Sherbrooke castle Hotel is situated a little outside the city centre but it is the best choice for tourists looking for a peaceful location. The hotel sports enormous luxury bedrooms, a well-stocked bar, and an à la carte restaurant. Facilities: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Restaurant, Room service, Free parking, Pets allowed, Tea/coffee maker in all rooms, Bar, Superb breakfast.

If you’re ready to book your Glasgow hotel I recommend using the Travel Supermarket website which lists virtually every hotel in the city at competitive prices you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.


Where to eat in Glasgow

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Glasgow takes the crown as the city with the best restaurants in Scotland and it isn’t far behind London when it comes to quality dining, whether it’s ultra-luxurious French cuisine or fragrant dishes from the Orient.

The majority of the top places to eat are located in the city centre where you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice at all price ranges, although even ‘budget’ isn’t that cheap in Glasgow which has seen year-on-year menu price rises.

Still, if you’re a foodie looking to try something new there’s no better place to eat than Glasgow, and the city recently received its first Michelin star at the superb (and expensive) Cail Bruich.

As nice as the finest restaurants are, their prices mean the majority of Glasgow tourists will have their sights set elsewhere, so I’ve included a selection of superb city centre restaurants that have affordable menus in the following list.

  • Horn Please. Address: 91B, Berkeley Street, G3 7DX. A contemporary restaurant that serves Indian dishes with a modern twist. The interior is relaxed and inviting and the menu is mouth-watering, with a highly-rated selection of cocktails to compliment each dish.
  • Bread Meats Bread. Address: Horn Please, 91B, Berkeley Street, G3 7DX. This is probably the best place in Glasgow for burgers, all of which are as up-market and as far-removed from fast-food joints as it’s possible to get. The portions are huge too.
  • The Finnieston. Address: 1125, Argyle Street, G3 8ND. This restaurant on Argyle Street has a wonderful old-school charm mixed with a trendy atmosphere that makes it one of the best in the city for couples and young families. The menu is predominantly seafood but there are vegetarian options as well.
  • Chaakoo Bombay Café. Address: 79, St Vincent Street, G2 5TF. An ultra-chic dining experience based on 19th-century Iranian cafés and styled to match. The food is mostly meat dishes that are served on small plates that guests are encouraged to share between them.
  • Six by Nico. Address: 1132, Argyle Street, G3 8TD. The unique menus of Six by Nico change completely every six weeks, so re-visiting later in the year means you’ll get to experience new tastes and food styles. The decor is relaxed and informal and the food is highly-rated amongst those in the know.
  • Sugo Pasta. Address: Mitchell Street, G1 3LN. Sugo Pasta is an Italian restaurant that features the very best dishes from Tuscany, Sicily and Abbruzzo. Obviously, pasta is the name of the game at this restaurant and their freshly-made pasta is widely regarded as the finest in the city.
  • The Spanish Butcher. Address: 80, Miller Street, G1 1DT. Merchant City is a famous area of Glasgow that is home to designer boutiques and gourmet places to eat, including this restaurant that serves dishes inspired by flavours from Spain and the Meditteranean.
  • Alchemilla. Address: 1126 Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8TD. Another Argyle Street favourite, Alchemilla is a feat for the senses with a menu that’s inspired by the Mediterranean. Dishes are presented on small plates that are designed for Tapas-style sharing.
  • Kimchi Cult. Address: 14 Chancellor Street, G11 5RQ. This is one of the few Korean-style fast food restaurants in Scotland but is has received acclaim thanks to its reasonably-priced dishes that feature big, bold flavours.
  • Ox and Finch. Address: 920 Sauchiehall St, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 7TF. This is another trendy restaurant, only this time it features a selection of dishes that are predominantly sourced from Scotland. Of particular note is the extensive wine list that offers something to go with any and every meal.
  • Bilson Eleven. Address: 10 Annfield Place, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 2XQ. A very small, exclusive, and utterly delectable restaurant that prides itself in serving the finest Scottish produce in the city. Reservations are a must and although the prices are high, the quality of food on offer is even higher. This is a place to eat for very special occasions.
  • The Hanoi Bike Shop. Address: 8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG. Vietnamese restaurant that welcomes visitors to its informal and intimate setting with tables for two, bright plastic stools, and delicious food featuring spicy chicken and seafood dishes served with melt-in-your-mouth noodles.
  • The Gannet. Address: 1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB. The Gannet opened in 2013 to rave reviews thanks to its fine Scottish dining that’s offered at very reasonable prices. The interior is minimalistic and cheery and the food ranges from light seafood dishes to hearty beef platters.

The weather and the best time to visit 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 (according to 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 these are average temperatures and day-to-day conditions can vary considerably, so don’t be surprised to find yourself in blazing high-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.

The up-side for visiting Glasgow in winter though, is that there are far fewer tourists which means queues for the top attractions are virtually non-existent and hotel prices are much lower – often half of what you’d have to pay in summer.

So bearing the weather in mind, which are the best months to visit Glasgow?

Well, to be honest, there is no ‘best’ time to visit Glasgow. Sure, in summer it’s warmer and the days are longer, but for most visitors they’ll be spending the majority of the day indoors either exploring tourist attractions, dining in restaurants, or relaxing in their hotel.

While the weather might be a consideration if you’re planning to walk everywhere, due to Glasgow’s superb public transport options it’s possible to visit every corner of the city by bus, subway, and taxi, meaning you hardly ever have to venture outdoors.

The one caveat that might affect your decision on when to visit is the events and festivals held throughout the year – the TRNSMT music festival and the Glasgow Christmas festival being two examples.

My advice for choosing a time to visit then, depends on how resilient you are to the cold, and whether there are any specific festivals that you’d like to see. For an updated list of upcoming Glasgow events, visit the eventbrite website.


The best places to go shopping in Glasgow

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Glasgow is well known for its shopping which is – without doubt – the best in Scotland. While Edinburgh has Princes Street and the newly-opened St. James Quarter, Glasgow shoppers can enjoy the entire city centre which features most of the big-name brands on Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street, and Argyle Street.

In addition to the pedestrianized areas of the city there are a number of markets and shopping malls that feature a collection of boutique shops, and it has become something of a Mecca for bargain hunters thanks to its market stalls that sell everything from designer cosmetics to vintage clothes.

In fact, there are so many places to go shopping in Glasgow it’s difficult to know where to start, so I’ve included an overview of recommended shopping areas in the following list.

  1. Buchanan Street. This is the busiest and best-known shopping area of Glasgow, primarily because it’s located in the heart of the city centre so is easily stumbled upon by tourists as they make their way between attractions. Buchanan Street is a pedestrianized street that features most of the big-name brands shoppers have come to expect, and it’s the go-to destination for weekend shoppers thanks to its diverse collection of bars, cafés, and restaurants nestled between the shops.
  2. Buchanan Galleries. This shopping centre is located at the top of Buchanan Street and is recognized as one of the premier shopping destinations in the UK. Many of Glasgow’s biggest shops are located in Buchanan Galleries including John Lewis, but there are also lots of small, independent shops trading under its roof. In total, 80 businesses are located at Buchanan Galleries which include a number of fast food outlets and coffee shops.
  3. Argyll Arcade. If you’re looking for jewellery there’s only one destination you need to keep in mind while in Glasgow, and that’s Argyll Arcade. This isn’t the largest shopping centre by a long margin, but there are an incredible 32 jewellers on the site that sell everything from top-end luxury watches to wedding rings and costume jewellery. Of particular note is the architecture of the arcade which dates back to 1827 (making it one of Europe’s oldest shopping arcades) and has Parisian decor.
  4. St. Enoch Centre. This certainly isn’t the prettiest indoor shopping centres in this list but it is one of the largest, featuring more than 100 individual stores retailing everything from fashion and gadgets to food, toys, and books. The St. Enoch Centre is notable for its enormous glass roof which is the largest glass-enclosed area in Europe and has earned the nickname ‘the Glasgow greenhouse’.
  5. Glasgow Fort. Glasgow Fort lies outside the city centre but has been included as access to it is supremely easy thanks to plentiful car parking and dedicated bus links from the city centre. It has been designed to replicate the feel of a modern High Street and is much less crowded than any of the shopping districts in the city centre, making Glasgow Fort the preferred place to shop for locals.
  6. intu Braehead. As is the case with most modern out-of-town shopping centres, this one on King’s Inch Road looks like a square glass box from the outside, but inside shoppers can enjoy over 100 large stores in pleasant air-conditioned surroundings. One thing that differentiates it from the other shopping centres in this list are the number of entertainment venues in addition to its shops which include a trampoline park, a laser tag area, an indoor ski arena, and a rock-climbing centre amongst others. Definitely one to keep in mind if you’re travelling with children.
  7. Merchant Square. Glasgow is chock-a-block full of attractive Edwardian buildings, and Merchant Square is a prime example of them with it’s sweeping panes of glass and dramatic multi-tiered arches. You’ll find it just 5 minutes walk from the St. Enoch Centre in Glasgow’s historic Merchant City, and a visit is highly recommended as it’s the best place to find independent boutiques and homemade arts and crafts that are a world away from the giant stores you’ll find elsewhere. One important point to note is that this is the only retail area in Glasgow that has very late night shopping – with some stores staying open until 3am!
  8. Royal Exchange Square. This is a large public square in Glasgow that’s surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s best known for its canopy of twinkling lights that are very pretty and make a perfect backdrop to an evening shopping experience. The Gallery of Modern Art dominates the centre of the square and George Street is just a couple of minutes away, so it’s likely you’ll end up visiting Royal Exchange Square whether you intend to or not.
  9. Princes Square. Chic Princes Square on Buchanan Street was originally built as a 4-storey merchant square in 1841 but was converted into its present use as a stylish shopping mall in 1988 after undergoing a multimillion pound refurbishment. This is best known as a fashion and jewellery mall, but it also hosts a cinema and a number of quality restaurants and cafés.
  10. The Barras Market. The Barras Market is probably best-known by locals, but if you’re a visiting weekend tourist looking to do something a little different outside of the city centre it’s certainly worth making the 10-minute journey to Gallowgate. Once there, you’ll find a large traditional marketplace full of outdoor stalls and that sell everything you can think of, from handmade ornaments to vintage fashion and domestic appliances. Barras Market has a great atmosphere and it’s worth visiting just for the delicious – but very unhealthy – food stalls that you won’t find anywhere else in the city centre.

More articles about Glasgow

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360° Virtual Tours of Attractions in Glasgow – This article includes a compilation of the virtual tours included in the Out About Scotland Glasgow tourist attraction guides. See the city like never before with detailed 360° photos you can view from any angle.

30 Interesting Facts About Glasgow – Discover surprising facts about Glasgow that will help you gain a better understanding of the city’s history and culture.

Things To Do in Glasgow in a Weekend – Find out how to make the best of your time on a weekend visit to Glasgow with this guide which features all the top attractions to see over two days.

Glasgow Travel Information – Find a concise overview of Glasgow’s bus, subway, and taxi services in this article.

Scotland’s Airports – The Ultimate Guide – Plan your visit to Glasgow with this article which details where Scotland’s main airports are, their facilities, and their transfer options.

How to Tour Scotland by Train – The Ultimate Guide – Visiting Glasgow by train? Learn everything you need to know about rail travel in Scotland with this ultimate guide that includes information about the main lines, rail cards, and ways to save money on tickets.

Visit Scotland – Visit Scotland is Scotland’s official tourism promoter. Their website includes lots of ideas for things to do in Glasgow and offers suggestions for weekend itineraries and sightseeing tips for first-time visitors.

People Make Glasgow – The official website for Glasgow tourism. The People Make Glasgow site features tips and advice for getting around the city as well as suggestions for places to eat and things to see and do – whether you’re visiting on a day trip or have your bags packed for a longer stay.

Glasgow Life – The Glasgow Life website is an information resource that helps visitors discover the city’s museums, arts and music venues, and upcoming events from sports to theatre.


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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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By Craig Neil

Scotland travel writer and specialist 360° photographer. Founder of the Out About Scotland travel website and Vartour virtual tours.