Things to Do In Glasgow
When in Scotland for a holiday, many visitors will want to see Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and the UK’s third largest. Glasgow is situated in West Central Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde, and the city has become an important cultural hub.
Much of the architecture in Glasgow is nineteenth century Victorian, and some of the most recognisable buildings in the city are the tenements for which it is so well known. The tenements were originally built to house the growing workforce, but overcrowding led to many of these buildings degenerating into slums. These days, the tenement buildings are highly sought after due to their high ceilings and large rooms.
Glasgow is a vibrant city full of history and culture and there are many fantastic things to do during a stay there. Below are just a few examples of the many wonderful things that this city has to offer.
Take a trip back in time at the People’s Palace
The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is a museum that takes visitors on a journey through Glasgow’s changing times. The social history museum has some fantastic displays and exhibits chronicling life in Glasgow from 1750 to the present day.
Enjoy the haunting beauty of the Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery
The fabulous Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery has been based in Glasgow since the mid-nineties and is a theatre in which pieces of scrap perform alongside carved figures to synchronised light and melancholy music.
Take a stroll around the Glasgow Botanic Gardens
In Glasgow’s West End, you will find the fabulous Glasgow Botanic Gardens, which is a public park with a number of glasshouses. The most famous glasshouse in the gardens is Kibble Palace, which was originally built during the nineteenth century and restored in 2004. Guided tours and health walks are available and there is a tearoom serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea.
Visit Europe’s best science centre
The Glasgow Science Centre is considered the best in Europe and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. It comprises the Glasgow Tower, Science Mall, and IMAX Cinema. The Science Mall contains many interactive exhibits demonstrating various scientific principles, and there is a planetarium and theatre for visitors to enjoy. There is a gift shop and a number of cafes from which guests can get refreshments.
See historical vehicles at the Riverside Museum
The Riverside Museum houses the Glasgow Museum of Transport and has become a hugely popular visitor attraction in the city. The museum has cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and other forms of transport from years gone by. It provides a fascinating look at how modes of transport have changed over the years; visitors may see one or two bikes or cars that they remember fondly from their past.
Enjoy a thrilling ride on a Rollercoaster
For a day of fun and adventure, M&D’s amusement park is the place to go. This fabulous park has roller coasters, water rides, and other attractions to amuse people of all ages. The park also has an indoor reptile house, a ten-pin bowling alley, arcade, and theatre. The park also has restaurants, cafes, and bars where visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink. There is even an ice-cream parlour serving a selection of ice creams, milkshakes, and coffees.
Feed the ducks at Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park is located in Glasgow’s West End on the River Kelvin and is an ideal place to take the family for a picnic. The vast park is home to a number of animals including red fox, otters, kingfishers, grey heron, and some ducks. There are many monuments and statues in the park as well as a skate-park for children to enjoy.
Take a relaxing cruise down the River Clyde
If you want to see all that Glasgow city has to offer, why not do it from the decks of a riverboat while drifting down the Clyde? Clyde Cruises offers some fantastic opportunities for visitors to see Glasgow in all its splendour with their Doon the Watter and Glasgow City Cruises. These cruises are ideal for the whole family and children are catered to with a Little Pirates activity sheet to keep them busy on the journey. On board will be full commentary and the chance to buy drinks and snacks while you enjoy the stunning Glasgow architecture.
Hit the shops of Glasgow City Centre
Shopping in Glasgow is fantastic, with many top retailers found in the Glasgow Style Mile. This shopping area is centred on George Square in the heart of the city. Here you will find everything you desire in terms of fashion, electricals, gadgets, and much more. There are many quaint speciality stores and art galleries too. The city also has numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes at which shoppers can take a load off their feet and enjoy a nice meal with a few drinks.
Enjoy the view of the city from 127 metres up
The Glasgow Tower is part of the Glasgow Science Centre Complex and is a freestanding tower capable of complete rotation. Visitors can enjoy the stunning views from the observation deck on days when the winds are not too high.
Visit Hampden Park
Hampden Park is home to the national football team in Scotland and is the place at which the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup hold the latter stages of their competitions. Hampden is also regularly used for other sporting events and music concerts; it has capacity for over 50,000 people.
Glasgow is definitely a city worth visiting. With so much to see and do here, you will never get bored. The people are friendly and welcoming and it is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of beautiful Scotland.