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Things to Know
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third largest in the United Kingdom. With its bizarre blend of sophistication and earthiness, Glasgow has become one of Scotland’s most fascinating cities; it is packed with trendy bars, high-end restaurants and quirky live music venues. Apart from its swinging nightlife, Glasgow is home to numerous first-class museums and galleries such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum and the world-famous Burrell Collection. The city is also dotted with the Art Nouveau designs of famous 20th century architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the pinnacle of which is the impressive School of Art. Glasgow is without a doubt, a refined, vibrant and friendly destination that will surely captivate you!
Things to See
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
One of the largest civic art collections in Europe spread across 22 themed galleries that contain over 8000 unique objects and several artistic masterpieces.
Riverside Museum
Housed in a striking building located on Glasgow’s waterfront this spectacular transport museum contains over 3000 artifacts that recount the history of travel.
Gallery of Modern Art
A haven of artistic expression that hosts ever-changing exhibitions by local and international artists.
Glasgow Cathedral
A beautiful church that can trace its history all the way back to the Middle Ages and houses the tomb of St. Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.
Glasgow Science Center
A brilliant science-based museum that brings science and technology to life through hundreds of interactive exhibits spread across four floors.
Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum
An excellent museum that houses a stunning collection of rare and important objects relating to a wide range of disciplines including archeology, ethnography, and numismatics. The famous Mackintosh House is also a part of its exhibition.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
One of the only public museums in the world that is solely dedicated to the subject of religion.
City Chambers
A stunning example of Victorian city architecture designed by Scottish architect William Young.
Things to Do
Visit the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
An extraordinary mechanical theater where the protagonists are sculptures made of reclaimed scrap playing out stories of the human spirit to the tune of synchronized music and colored lighting. Eduard Bersudsky’s creation may be bizarre, but it is also colorful, interesting, and thought provoking.
Stroll Through the University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow can boast a long and distinguished history. It is the fourth oldest university in the Anglophone world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities, counting many influential personalities amongst its alumni and former staff like the renowned economist Adam Smith, engineer James Watt, and founding father of the United States- James Wilson. Explore the beautiful campus grounds and admire the view of the city from the hilltop.
Explore the Glasgow Necropolis
Located on a hill east of the Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Necropolis is a spectacular Victorian cemetery that is the final resting place of over fifty thousand individuals. Admire the elaborate tombs of the city’s wealthy industrialists and keep a lookout for some interesting monuments like the statue of John Knox.
Visit Provand’s Lordship
Built in 1471, Provand’s Lordship is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow. It houses a fine selection of 17th century furniture and royal paintings that provide insight into daily life of medieval Glasgow.
Walk Through Splendid Botanic Gardens
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are home to a rich collection of flowers and plants that include a rose garden, a herb garden and Scotland’s National Collection of tree ferns. Explore the lush green scenery and admire the glasshouses that are some of the most unique architectural attractions in the city.
Relax at Pollok Country Park
Glasgow is a city replete with virile green spaces and Pollok Country Park in particular was named the best park in Europe in 2008. In addition to its beautiful nature, the park is also home to several scenic walking trails, a fold of Highland cattle, a bowling club, a cricket club, and the Burrell Collection; a building designed to house a large, eclectic antique and art collection donated to the city by William Burrell.
Go Shopping on Buchanan Street
Buchanan Street is the central stretch of the city’s shopping district and it offers a variety of different shops that cater to all manner of different tastes and styles. From clothing, to jewelry, to whiskey, there is little you won’t be able to find in this part of the city.