The Ultimate Guide: 25 Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow is not just one of the largest cities in Scotland, but it is also one of the most beautiful. Packed full of art, sport, music and culture, Glasgow is home to a multitude of galleries and museums, as well as the picturesque River Clyde. Besides its rich heritage as an industrial city, it is also an extremely popular destination for culture vultures and tourists alike. What’s more, just a short distance from this vibrant city, you will find the stunning natural beauty that is Loch Lomond – which is one of Scotland’s most popular lakes. It is safe to say that when visiting this glorious city, you certainly won’t be short of things to do in Glasgow.
BOOKING YOUR GLASGOW GETAWAY
With so many not-to-be-missed hotspots and attractions to visit, you will understandably want a comfortable bed with all those wonderful home comforts to relax in after a jam-packed visit to this amazing city. If you’re after a premium hotel close to Loch Lomond with excellent transport links to the city centre, then look no further – the Gleddoch Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal location for all your getaway needs.
Glasgow is so much more than just the perfect location for a weekend getaway; there is so much to see, do and explore that you’re going to want to come back and do it all again! Whether you are looking for inspiration for things to do in Glasgow on your next trip or researching why Glasgow is your next must-visit city, then keep reading. We’ve put together our ultimate list of things to do in this fabulous city.
25 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN GLASGOW
We want our guests to experience the very best that Glasgow has to offer, so we have scouted the area for everything that might tickle your fancy and then some! Whether you’re into architecture and art, sports and the history between local clubs or the finest food and drink that Scotland has to offer, we’ve got it all right here in Glasgow.
Glasgow Cathedral is an outstanding example of gothic architecture at its best; this medieval cathedral features brilliant arches and stunning stained glass, making it well worth a jaw-dropping visit. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this 882-year-old house of worship on your next trip.
Adjacent to the cathedral is the infamous ‘city of the dead’; a 37-acre cemetery which is home to over 50,000 people who have been laid to rest there since 1832. There are free guided tours that take place, but you are also welcome to explore at your own leisure – even after dark!
KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
More than a century old, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the most visited museum in the United Kingdom. Located in Glasgow’s West End, the free gallery is a must-visit attraction. In addition, the museum boasts 22 galleries displaying over 8,000 objects of interest. From dinosaur heads and prehistoric mammals to Salvador Dali’s Christ of St. John, there is something for everyone.
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR
The top rated city sightseeing tour is one of the best ways to take in the sights of this wonderful city. Hop on and hop off as you please to explore in more detail, taking full advantage of the in-depth commentary offered on board. Visit all 22 stops from the open top bus for a day to remember!
Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond Tour
Fancy a day trip just outside the city to take in the incredible sights at Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond? For a day packed full of dramatic history, stunning landscapes and a spot of lunch just off the beaten path, then book your tour! You can even add an additional whisky tour to your trip itinerary for something extra special.
Glasgow Beer Walking Tour
This afternoon tour is ideal for those who are interested in the extensive history of Glasgow’s craft beer scene, and the captivating stories that accompany it. Complete with beer tastings!
Glasgow has a history steeped in some of the finest craft beers so the Drygate Brewery is a must for fans of the good stuff. The brewery is open for tours and there is an extensive bar for anyone just looking to taste some of the beer, fresh from the taps.
West End Whisky Tour
If whisky is your thing, then this tour of Glasgow’s West End will be right up your street. Take in some of the best and most quirky bars the city has to offer while sampling some of the most premium single malts and whiskies you can find.
Jam Nights at Boteco Do Brasil
Glasgow has long been a haven of culture from around the world, and Boteco do Brasil is no exception! Every Thursday night you can enjoy some of the best musicians in Glasgow with some serious South American influences – this will be one night you won’t forget in a hurry.
Wild Cabaret and Wicked Lounge
If you enjoy live music and unique entertainment, then the team over at Wild Cabaret and Wicked Lounge have got something you will certainly enjoy! Featuring glamorous performances from musicians, circus acts and much more, this is one night not to be missed.
There is something oh-so-exciting about finding a hidden bar, and nothing more exhilarating than when it turns out to be as cool as Tabac. Look out for the neon sign in the Fire Exit and you’ll find the coolest cocktail bar hidden away in the heart of Glasgow city centre.
Tennants Heritage Walking Trail
If you want to take in the fascinating wonders that Glasgow has to offer and have a history lesson at the same time, then this heritage trail is the perfect way to discover the city. And you even get a pint when you’re finished!
Retail Therapy at Buchanan Street
Indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy at Glasgow’s famous Buchanan Street. From household names to high-end brands and boutiques, this shopping district is a shopaholic’s paradise.
Glasgow Vintage / Flea Market
If you’re into shopping, then hitting the Vintage and Flea Market at the Barras Market is a must! Take in the wonders of this historic market and get your mitts on all the antiques, retro fashion and pre-loved items and collectibles.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the West End of Glasgow. The perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon relaxing and unwinding, taking in the sights of the outdoor lawns, it is guaranteed to be a treat for all the family. If you’re feeling peckish, there is also a tea room serving a full range of teas, coffees and snacks.
Take a Cruise on the River Clyde
The River Clyde is a central feature of Glasgow – and rightly so. Take a Clyde cruise and witness unique views of Glasgow, its bridges and the city’s beautiful waterfront. The cruise is also a great way to see the city’s sights from a new perspective.
For all the art lovers, the Mackintosh House recreation at the Hunterian Art Gallery is a must-see attraction. Discover a rich world of architecture that is so prominent in the city of Glasgow, and celebrate one of the city’s most well-known exports – Charles Renee Mackintosh.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
Culture vultures assemble – the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre puts on some of the most captivating shows featuring creative sculptures with a music and light show that is the perfect accompaniment to this modern art meets history narrative.
For the art lovers around town, this unique and stunning venue is one not to be missed. Featuring bars, restaurants, a nightclub and a hugely successful lunchtime theatre, Òran Mór is great at all times of the day.
Museum of Transport and Travel
Whether you are into trains or skateboards, cars or spaceships from your favourite film, the Riverside Museum has something to keep you entertained. With 3,000+ items on display, there is something for the whole family here.
Glasgow Science Centre
Not only does the Science Centre look like something right out of a film, but there’s so much to see and do that you could easily spend a day here and still have more to see! With a planetarium, IMAX cinema and galleries galore, as well as an incredible revolving tower for city views from 417 feet up in the sky, you will find yourself spoiled for choice!
Scottish Football Museum
Scotland has a rich sporting history and when you visit the museum based at Hampden, you can explore the heritage and memorabilia at your leisure. You can even tour the National Stadium – a must for all football fans!
Celtic Park Tour
Home to Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe; join a tour here and discover the colourful heritage of one of Scotland’s finest football teams in history for yourself.
Home to Rangers Football Club, Ibrox is one of the most recognisable stadiums in the world. Take a tour to see dressing rooms, the trophy room and take a seat in the dugout after a run down the tunnel – every footballing fan’s dream.
Explore Loch Lomond
Don’t forget to squeeze in a trip to the picturesque Loch Lomond next time you visit Glasgow. Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish Loch, easily accessible for a day trip from the city. If you are lucky enough to have more time in the area, why not make a weekend out of the trip?
With our guide to hand, you will never be stuck for things to do in Glasgow, that’s for sure!
If that’s whet your appetite for discovering Glasgow as it’s meant to be seen, then book your getaway today.
Gleddoch Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort is the perfect base for your adventures. Set amidst scenic Scottish countryside, the hotel is easily accessible from both the city centre and Glasgow International Airport. Our on-site spa and golf course, along with a wide range of other leisure facilities, will ensure that you get the very best out of your getaway.
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