Best things to do in Glasgow
Spending a weekend in Glasgow? Or just interested in exploring some of the exceptional wonders that lie beyond your doorstep? Get ready for me to take you on a tour of some of the best native Glaswegian gems; from fine-dining to serious retail therapy, as well as a sprinkling of arts and culture thrown in for good measure.
Along the way, I hope you will get to experience the brilliant hustle and bustle the city I now call home is famous for and see some unforgettable sights (and not just along Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday night…). Get ready to journey through some of the best things to see and do in Glasgow.
Top Things to Do in Glasgow
- Make sure to find the infamous Duke of Wellington statue – he’s easy to spot, as he’ll have a traffic cone precariously perched on his head.
- Attend one of Glasgow’s famous live music events at King Tut’s and get up close and personal with your favourite musician.
- Get ready to wander around the West End in your trendiest threads and discover some hidden gems down Ruthven Lane or Ashton Lane.
Is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum worth the hype?
Kelvingrove Art Gallery can be found in the heart of Glasgow’s famous West End. This magnificent structure has been standing for over a century and its stunning architecture makes it one of the most eye-catching buildings in the city. As a free attraction, it should definitely be on the top of your to-do list! Plus, if the weather is a little rainy, this is the perfect spot to take shelter!
Continuing the Museum Theme…
If you’re looking to experience more of Glasgow’s rich cultural past, then I definitely recommend visiting The Riverside Museum. It’s super easy to get to and you can follow the city’s subway system round to Partick Subway. The museum is then just a 7-minute walk away. You’ll find everything from vintage cars to Stormtroopers here, so you’re sure to find something to take your fancy.
Take a Trip to the University
If you ask me, the University of Glasgow is one of the most beautiful buildings in Glasgow. I mean, where else can you pretend to be enrolled in Hogwarts as you roam around the main building on your way to Transfiguration?
The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
The People’s Palace can be found at the edge of Glasgow Green. This museum differs from others as it traces the social history of Glasgow’s people and uncovers different experiences of both work and home life through fun and lively displays.
Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
If you find yourself in Glasgow’s West End, I definitely recommend having a wander through the Botanic Gardens. This is a great place to visit come rain or shine! These Gardens are home to a spectacular array of plants and the round Victorian glasshouse is easily the highlight of the park.
Pollock Country Park
If You’re on the hunt for more green space, look no further than Pollok Country Park. This huge green space is located South of the River and is also home to a resident herd of Highland Cows. Plus, if you’re a National Trust Scotland member, you can explore the opulent Pollok House for free!