Top 10 things to do in Glasgow

Glasgow’s unique architecture, rich heritage, quirky music venues and traditional warm Scottish hospitality merge to create an exciting city to explore.

Admire Mackintosh architecture

Mackintosh design House for an Artlover, Glasgow

Fans of art nouveau will be in their element in Glasgow. The eminent designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh lived here much of his life and left his mark at various points across the city – look out for his house at the Hunterian Museum, take tea in his Willow Tea Rooms and admire the Glasgow School of Art.

Step into a time warp

A visit to Glasgow’s Tenement House will really give you an insight into life in the city during the past 100 years. Miss Agnes Toward lived here all her life, like her mother before her, and neither threw anything away. The result is a practically unchanged Victorian home.

The music venue where Oasis were signed

Music fans just have to go to a gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. This legendary music venue saw The Verve, Radiohead and Oasis all play within 2 weeks in 1993, and it’s where Oasis were first signed to a record label.

Experience Glaswegian nightlife

Glasgow whisky bar

Glasgow has a lively nightlife scene thanks to its music heritage and student population. Check out quirky and vibrant bars like Hillhead Bookclub and Flat 0/1, or traditional pubs like The Pot Still, with the largest collection of malt whiskies in Scotland on offer! 

Show off your high kick at a ceilidh

When in Scotland… Taking part in a ceilidh is an authentic Scottish experience not to be missed. This traditional Highland dance is taught at school in Scotland. Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant, Sloan’s holds a ceilidh every Friday night.

Strut the Style Mile

Glasgow’s designer shopping offering clusters around the appropriately named Style Mile – so head to the area between Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and the Merchant City to get your fashion fix.

Be enriched by the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

One of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, with one of Europe’s greatest art collections, and yet the Kelvingrove is free to enter. See world-famous artworks, intriguing artefacts, and catch one of an excellent programme of special exhibitions. 

History comes alive

The striking modern building that houses the free Riverside Museum stands out in Glasgow’s regenerated riverside area. Inside, see some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives as well as a historic Glasgow street scene.

City views from a sprawling hilltop cemetery

Glasgow’s Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery on a hill to the east of the cathedral. Explore by yourself or on a guided tour. Look out for a monument designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the memorial to the author of children’s nursery rhyme Wee Willie Winkie. Then be astounded by the views back over the city.

Hit the Highlands

In under an hour from Glasgow city centre, you can be amid beautiful Highland scenery. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a great introduction to Scotland’s finest landscapes.

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