10 things to see and do in Glasgow

Glasgow - 10 things to see and do

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, offers many interesting tourist attractions and most of them are free of charge. In this blog post I listed 10 things to see and do in Glasgow which should definitely not missed out when visiting this great city. To discover all these attractions like imposing medieval buildings, interesting museums or modern Street Art murals two days should be enough time.

10 things to see and do in Glasgow

1. Visit the impressive St Mungo’s Cathedral

The St Mungo´s Cathedral is a beautiful medieval cathedral in Glasgow. It derived its name from the patron saint St. Mungo, whose tomb is located in the crypt. The imposing, Gothic building was constructed between the 13th and 15th century and is today one of the most important tourist attractions in Glasgow.  

Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday – 9.30 am - 5 pm / Sunday 1 pm - 4.30 pm  (April - September) and Monday - Saturday  – 10 am - 3.30 pm / Sunday 1 pm - 3.30 pm  (October - March)

Admission: free

2. Take a walk at Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow - 10 things to see and do - Glasgow Necropolis

Directly next to St Mungo´s Cathedral at the hill „The Craigs“ is one of the most beautiful graveyards in Europa, Glasgow Necropolis. Through a golden gate, followed by a small bridge, you can enter the site. Approximately 50.000 people are buried here, but there are only 3.500 beautiful, imposing gravestones, mausoleums or monuments.

Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ

Opening hours: Daily 7.00 am - 4.30 pm

Admission: free

3. Feel like a student at Glasgow University

The historical main building of Glasgow University is really worth seeing and the inner courtyard has become a popular Instagram photo motive. You can discover some parts of the university on your own or take a tour for £10.00. The tour lasts approx. one hour. During that time you will not only discover the buildings but also learn a lot about the history of Scotland´s second largest university and some famous graduates. 

Address: University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

4. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

Glasgow - 10 things to see and do - Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Glasgow - 10 things to see and do - Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Close to the University of Glasgow is the biggest museum of the city, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. It is one of the most popular free tourist attractions in Scotland and cannot be missed out when visiting Glasgow. The building, which consists of red sandstone, houses an extensive arms and armour collection, natural history exhibits like huge, stuffed animals and an impressive collection of paintings. Moreover, there are daily and free organ concerts.

Address: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm / Friday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm 

Admission: free

5. Visit the Botanical Gardens of Glasgow

The Botanical Gardens in Glasgow are also located close to the University (walking time approx. 10 minutes). Inside the large park area you can admire numerous plants and flowers, a rose garden, herb gardens and many tame squirrels. Furthermore, there are some historical greenhouses. The most important one is the Kibble Palace, where Australian tree ferns grow.

Address: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE

Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm (April - September) / 10 am - 4 pm (October - March)

Admission: free

6. Discover the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

On the bank of the river Clyde there is the Riverside Museum, an impressive transport museum. Inside the modern building with the wave-shaped roofs and the huge glass facade you can discover numerous historical vehicles like cars, bikes, motorbikes, skateboards, busses, boats, carriages and a lot more. My favourite part was the small street with many historical shops. 

Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm / Friday and Sunday 11 am - 17 pm 

Admission: free

7. Search for great street art in Glasgow

Everywhere in the city there are amazing street art murals. I just listed a few examples for you but I would suggest searching for it by yourself. I am sure, it won´t take long until you find some more.

  • Picture 1: Maybe Glasgow´s most photographed man - 283 High Street / close to St. Mungo
  • Picture 2: Hip Hop marionettes - 73 John Street / close to George Square
  • Picture 3: The world's most economical taxi- Mitchell Street / close to Central Station 
  • Picture 4: Woman with a loupe - Mitchell Street / close to Central Station
  • Picture 5: Mushroom picker wearing a kilt - 91 Ingram Street 
  • Picture 6: Building of the University of Strathclyde - 50 George Street 

8. Discover George Square and the surrounding area in Glasgow

George Square is located in the city centre of Glasgow. The square was built in 1781 and named after King George III. Today there are some statues of famous Scots. The central square is surrounded by historical buildings. The most eye-catching one is the Glasgow City Chambers. You can visit it on weekdays at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm by taking a guided tour. Moreover, close to George Squares there are other popular tourist attractions like the Gallery of Modern Art, a famous art museum.

9. Eat in Glasgow´s amazing restaurants

Glasgow - best restaurants Mezzidakia
Glasgow - best restaurants

There is hardly any other city where I saw so many amazing restaurants. Unfortunately, our time in Glasgow was pretty limited and we could only eat in a few of these lovely looking places. The best food we had was at a restaurant called Mezzidakia. It is located close to George Squares. They mainly serve Turkish and Greek food in a nice atmosphere and the service was excellent.  

Address: 71-73 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 12 pm - 11 pm (food until 10 pm) / Friday & Saturday 12 pm - 12 am (food until 10:30 pm) 

10. Find the Paradies (Celtic Park, Glasgow)

Glasgow - 10 things to see and do - Celtic Park

Celtic Park is the home stadium of the traditional football club Celtic FC. Fans like to call it "Paradise" and for only £12.50 you get access to paradise. During an approx. 1.5 hours tour you will get to know the stadium and the history of the football club. 

Address: Celtic Park, Glasgow G40 3RE

Tour: Monday - Friday 11 am and 1.30 pm / Saturday - Sunday every half hour from 10 am - 3.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday match days with a 3pm kick-off have tours from 9.30 am - 11.00 am. No tours are available on match days with an earlier kick off than 3pm.)

Tour start: The tour starts next to the main reception, opposite to the fan shop

Tickets: can be bought at the Celtic FC Website

Costs: £12.50 (adults)

How to get there: There are different busses which go from the city centre to Society Street (journey time approx. 15 minutes) which is close to the stadium

11. Book a day tour through the Scotish Highlands

Okay, actually this is a top 10 list for Glasgow and I already listed 10 great things to see and do there but I just have to add one more thing, a day trip through the Scotish Highlands. Ich choosed the tour Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Jacobite Steam Train from Discover Scotland Tours. In my blog post "In the footsteps of Harry Potter - Riding the real Hogwarts Express" you can read how the tour was. 

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Glasgow - Top 10 things to see and do

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Kommentare: 10
  • #1

    Lauren (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 10:32)

    LOVED this! You captured Glasgow so well. I'm Scottish, currently backpacking in Australia and this has made me homesick! Loved when you mentioned street art you actually put descriptions of the streets where to find the murals - so many people just post the photos but it's so useful to know the actual streets!

  • #2

    Vicky (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 12:59)

    Glasgow looks like such an awesome city. My brother lived in edinburgh for a few years and always raves about Glasgow! It’s got beautiful architecture and love the street art. Think I need to book a weekend break here!

  • #3

    Taru (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 13:07)

    Wow! I've been wanting to visit Glasgow for a while now, and clearly for a reasons based on your great post. Very useful post for planning a trip!

  • #4

    Michelle (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 14:23)

    Perfect timing! We are headed to Scotland this summer, so I will definitely be saving your post for reference. Thanks for a great round up of Glasgow!!

  • #5

    Phoebe (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 14:34)

    I love Scotland, I’ve spent a lot of time in the highlands but have only ever really passed through Glasgow. I’d definitely like to go back and explore more one day. This is a lovely round up of what to see.

  • #6

    Amanda (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 15:18)

    I sooo want to take a tour of the highlands- they look gorgeous! You’re making me want to book a flight to Scotland today �

  • #7

    Klaudia (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 16:39)

    I love Kelvingrove Museum <3 from both the outside and inside <3


  • #8

    Mayuri (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 19:12)

    Scotland is beautiful. Look at those murals, so real and life like. You have crafted a great article, tons of tips and amazing shots!

    Thanks for sharing <3

  • #9

    Anisa (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 21:33)

    I haven't made it to Glasgow yet. The architecture looks beautiful, I especially love that church. Pinning for future reference

  • #10

    Lana @ TravelSavvyGal (Samstag, 12 Mai 2018 22:47)

    Beautiful shots, and such great tips. Good to know that Glasgow's restaurants are amazing, it just moved up on my list!