Glasgow's Top Attractions
Vibrant and unashamedly proud, Glasgow is Edinburgh's lively big cousin that's charm lies in its exciting atmosphere and rough around the edges appearance. Saying that, the city centre and stylish West End are abound with beautiful buildings and gardens that are picturesque in every sense of the word. Famed for its passionate locals, eclectic arts and unrivalled music scene, you'll easily find something going on over the year in Scotland's largest city. Its attractions range from historic galleries to state of the art museums, and is also the best city in Scotland for shopping.
Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral is the only medieval church in the Scottish mainland to have survived the reformation. To the east you’ll find Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian graveyard that winds up the side of a hill and is bursting with ornate, crumbling gravestones and eerie tombs.
University of Glasgow
Glasgow University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world that’s gothic architecture is akin to the Harry Potter film set. The University hosts several interesting museums including Scotland’s oldest public museum – The Hunterian – which was founded in 1807 and the Anatomy Museum (maybe skip if you are a tad squeamish). Website: www.gla.ac.uk
The Riverside Museum
The Riverside Museum – winner of European Museum of the Year 2013 – takes a look back at life in 20th century Glasgow and is located on the site of a former shipyard. In front you’ll find the Tall Ship, a preserved Clyde-built boat that you can explore. Website: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/riverside/pages/default.aspx
Well Park Brewery
Located in the up-and-coming Denniston area of Glasgow, Wellpark Brewery is home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition. The factory offers tours and is packed with memorabilia. Drygate brewery is located beside the factory, and is a small craft beer brew house that’s adjoining restaurant allows you to look into the brewery as you drink and dine. The walk from the centre of town is highly recommended to see the factory’s walls of impressive Glaswegian themed graffiti. Website: www.tennentcaledonian.com
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Beside Kelvingrove Park and with dazzling views of the University, this museum is located in a 19th century red stone Victorian building. See art from all over the world within its 22 galleries including the works of Dali and Mackintosh. Best of all, its completely free.
SECC and SSE Hydro
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre holds many events throughout the year including concerts, conferences and exhibitions. The SSE Hydro has recently been built and is a purpose built entertainment venue which hosts many national and international artists and bands as well as sporting events and comedy stars. The Hydro is an iconic landmark in Glasgow and has a seating capacity of 12,000.
Websites: www.secc.co.uk and www.thessehydro.com
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow science centre offers an exciting and educational day out. The science centre has 3 floors of fun science experiments and displays as well as a planetarium. At the Glasgow tower you can learn all about Glasgow’s history and the Centre also holds Scotland’s biggest IMAX screen, a shop and cafes.
Prices: Adult - £10.50, Child/Concession* - £8.50, Children under 3 - FREE
*Children are aged 3-15 and concessions are over 60.
There is small additional costs to visit the planetarium, the Glasgow tower and IMAX screen.
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are beautiful gardens located in the artsy West End. On a rare sunny day in Glasgow it is a hub for sun worshippers.
Gallery of Modern Art
The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art is the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland and is an iconic building situated just off Buchanan Street, Glasgow's main shopping street. The museum displays the works of various artists from all over the world and regularly has visiting exhibitions.
Known locally as the Style Mile, Buchanan Street is home to every high street shop you can possibly think of. For more high end purchases, head into Princes Square, a Grade B listed building that house various designer brands. Outside is a massive ornate peacock so you definitely won't miss it!
Hampden Park is Scotland’s national football stadium. Visitors can visit the museum and learn about the history of Scottish football and take a stadium tour. There are also a number of football matches and music concerts hosted at the stadium and information on these events can be found on the Hampden website.
Websites: www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk and www.hampdenpark.co.uk
Museum: Adults: £8 Under 16/concessions: £3 Under 5’s: Free
Stadium Tour: Adults: £8 Under 16/Concessions: £3 Under 5’s: Free
Museum & Stadium Tour: Adults: £12 Under 16/Concessions: £5 Under 5’s: Free
Ibrox stadium is the home of Glasgow Rangers Football Club and a beautiful historic building. Football matches are held at the stadium roughly every 2 weeks and the club also hosts stadium tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a club merchandise store.
Prices for Stadium Tour: Adults: £10 Children/Pensioners: £5.50 Under 5’s: Free