Top 10 Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow epitomises the perfect combination of tradition mixed with a vibrant and innovative modern twist. Glasgow is a city steeped in history - this is evident in the magnificent medieval architecture that dots the landscape. If you are looking for a thriving music scene or you are a culture buff, Glasgow offers entertainment that ranges from the renowned Glasgow Ballet to an underground club scene that will have you partying into the wee small hours. Visit one of the city's museums and art galleries, most offering free admission, and admire the beautiful architecture in a city described by The Telegraph as 'one of the world's friendliest cities'. Whatever your interest, glorious Glasgow has something for everyone.
1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Since the refurbishment in 2003-2006, Kelvingrove Art Gallery has been one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK, offering free entry to one of Europe's great civic art collections. This magnificent Victorian building houses an internationally significant collection of 8,000 objects, including Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross, Mackintosh and Glasgow Style.
2. Gallery of Modern Art
Glasgow is world famous for the artists that live and study here. GoMA collects and exhibits work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world, as well as those from Glasgow. It is most famous for its statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the museum which invariably sports a traffic cone.
3. Riverside Museum & Tall Ship
Glasgow's iconic Riverside Museum, a breathtaking landmark building on the banks of the River Clyde, offers free entry to home for the city's world-class transport collection. Designed by world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, the dynamic new museum displays Glasgow's rich industrial heritage, offering a glimpse into the city's past, including trams, an interactive wall of cars and re-created period streets.
4. Burrell Collection
In the heart of Pollok Country Park, this award-winning building houses a unique collection of over 8,000 objects in a beautiful woodland setting. The collection comprises medieval art, Islamic art and Impressionist work from Degas and Cezanne, all collected by the industrialist Sir William Burrell and gifted to the city.
5. Mackintosh Trail
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow born architect, designer and artist, is celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century. A pioneer of Art Nouveau, he has left a legacy of his work throughout the city including Glasgow School of Art, considered by many to be his architectural masterpiece. The Mackintosh Trail is a passport to attractions such as The Mackintosh House, The Lighthouse, Glasgow School of Art, House for an Art Lover, The Hill House, The Mackintosh Church and Scotland Street School.
6. Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis
The highlight of Glasgow's heritage, Glasgow Cathedral, is one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings and is thought to have been built on the site of St Mungo's tomb, marking the birthplace of the city of Glasgow. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, it is the only medieval cathedral in Scotland to have survived the ravages of the 1560 reformation virtually intact. Admire the carved stone and one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain. The Necropolis is a 19th Century Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, on a prominent hill to the east of Cathedral with soaring monuments and mausoleums puncturing the city's skyline.
7. People's Palace and Winter Gardens
The People's Palace tells the story of Glasgow and its people, from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Explore the city's social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays and get a wonderful insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by. In the adjacent Winter Gardens you can wander among the exotic palms and plants or enjoy a coffee or lunch at the café. Outside, you can admire the restored Doulton Fountain and relax in the attractive surroundings of Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in Glasgow.
8. Cobbled Streets of the West End
Home to the University of Glasgow, fine Victorian architecture and bohemian bars, restaurants and antique shops. There are quirky, individual shops on Byres Road, while cobbled Ashton Lane is an Aladdin's Cave of pubs, bistros and a cinema. Nearby, the Botanic Gardens is a great place to unwind after a busy day.
9. Curry Capital of the UK
Glasgow has claimed the title of Curry Capital of the UK four times (2002, 2003, 2006 and 2010), thanks to the large numbers of Indian restaurants in the city - higher per capita than anywhere else in the country. Glasgow has really adopted Indian cuisine as its own with some excellent curry houses dotted throughout the city. Akbar's Restaurant in Glasgow was named restaurant of the year at the Scottish Curry Awards, beating off eateries from across the country.
10. Loch Lomond
Just beyond the city of Glasgow lies some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery. A short and very inexpensive train ride takes you to the shores of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland's most famous lochs. From the station it's possible to take a trip around the Loch, which is Britain's largest freshwater loch. The boat trip gives excellent views of the Trossachs and Ben Lomond, the most southerly of Scotland's Munro peaks.