Glasgow East End

Glasgow Green and The People's Palace

Glasgow East End

Nestled on the northern bank of the River Clyde, the East End extends from Glasgow’s city centre eastwards in an area that was historically the heart of Glasgow’s major industries and was home to shipyards, factories, and bustling warehouses. Though neglected for many years, it saw significant regeneration when the city started to become a tourist destination and it’s now a vibrant district that’s home to some of the city’s top attractions.

The East End is characterised by its eclectic urban landscape and features a blend of traditional red sandstone tenements, modern apartment buildings, and Victorian-era industrial architecture. The streets of the East End are lined with a rich tapestry of design styles, from the imposing grandeur of the early 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral to the innovative Emirates Arena, home of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

For tourists, the area offers a wealth of attractions. Arguably the most iconic landmark is Glasgow Cathedral, also known as St. Mungo’s Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture which is adjacent to the Necropolis, a Victorian cemetery that offers panoramic views over the city.

The East End is also home to the popular Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest public park. This sprawling green space hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the famous World Pipe Band Championships and the TRNSMT music festival, and it’s also home to the People’s Palace, a museum dedicated to the social history of Glasgow.

For sports enthusiasts, a visit to Celtic Park is a must. Known as ‘Paradise’ by fans, it’s one of the most iconic football stadiums in Britain. Nearby, the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome offer state-of-the-art facilities for a range of sports.

Antique lovers, meanwhile, shouldn’t miss the chance to explore the Barras Market, a weekend market famous for its vintage finds that’s located close to the Barrowland Ballroom, a legendary concert venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in music.

Glasgow Cathedral

Find places to visit and things to do in Glasgow’s East End with these visitor guides.

  • Glasgow Cathedral

    Glasgow Cathedral

    The beautiful 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and it is the most complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland. The cathedral is open to the public and is centrally located between the Glasgow Necropolis and St. Mungo’s Museum.

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  • Glasgow Green

    Glasgow Green

    Glasgow Green is a 55-acre park set in the centre of Glasgow. It is the oldest park in the city and is also home to the People’s Palace social history museum. Popular events including the TRNSMT music festival and the World Pipe Band Championships are staged in the park annually while the remainder of the…

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  • Glasgow Necropolis

    Glasgow Necropolis

    The Necropolis is a Victorian garden cemetery sited on a hill overlooking Glasgow Cathedral. It is the final resting place of fifty thousand people and it was one of the first multi-faith graveyards in the world. The Necropolis is well-known for the elaborate monuments and gravestones that cover the 37-acre site. It is free to…

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  • St. Mungo Museum of Religion

    St. Mungo Museum of Religion

    The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is located near Glasgow Cathedral where it showcases a varied collection of religious artefacts from across the globe. The museum offers a very good café and gift shop in addition to the displays and exhibits in its multi-level historic building. Discover Glasgow’s St. Mungo Museum with…

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  • TRNSMT Music Festival

    TRNSMT Music Festival

    The TRNSMT music festival is staged in Glasgow each year in July, usually in Glasgow Green public park which is notable for the People’s Palace museum. The festival presents the cream of British musical talent over 3 days and facilities include food and drink stalls, souvenir stands and a chill-out area.

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