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You’re sure to find a wide range of things to do in Glasgow without having to break the bank. The city is home to some of the best museums, galleries and parks in the UK – and the best part is that most of them are free!
The Pollock House, found in the heart of Pollock Country Park, contains works by Rodin, Degas and Cezanne, while the stunning Riverside Museum allows you to walk down Kelvin Street as it would have been between 1895 and 1930. Take a trip to the Huntarian Museum and art gallery, showcasing Roman artifacts, objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and one of the finest art collections in the world.
If you want to combine culture with the great outdoors, pay a visit to the People’s Palace. Littered with artefacts, photos and paintings that give an insight into Glasgow’s history, there’s also an exotic botanical Winter Garden next door.
The beautiful Victoria Park is one of Glasgow’s many well-maintained green spaces. Walk through the 50 acres of land or explore Fossil Grove, the preserved remains of a 330 million-year-old forest. Kelvingrove Park is another glorious area, filled with different types of wildlife, grand 20th century monuments and a skate park, tennis court, bowling green and play area. On sunny days, enjoy a picnic by the river.
You’ll be hard pushed to find many cities more culturally diverse than Glasgow. With outstanding Victorian architecture, a thriving music scene and an abundance of galleries and museums, culture vultures will be spoilt for choice.
Many of Glasgow’s museums are free to enter. Try the famous Huntarian Museum, Scotland’s oldest museum housing one of the finest art collections in the world and objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages. Art lovers can also delve into the heart of Pollock House, displaying works from the likes of Rodin, Degas and Cezanne, or wile away an afternoon at the Gallery of Modern Art.
Named as a UNESCO City of Music in 2008, Glasgow’s live music scene is unrivalled in the UK. Hosting an average of 130 weekly music events, ranging from rock and Pop to Celtic and Country, you’re certain to find something to suit all musical tastes. Before travelling to Glasgow, be sure to check out the events listings for the likes of legendary music venues such as King Tuts.
Glasgow has earned its stripes as one of the liveliest destinations in Europe. A vibrant and spirited city boasting magnificent Victorian architecture, Glasgow is packed with cultural wealth, including world famous art collections, the best shopping in the UK outside of London and the most envied nightlife scene in the whole of Scotland.
One of the most visited cities in the UK, Glasgow’s revitalised centre is home to world class shopping, parks and entertainment and culture.
Marvel at the majestic splendor of Glasgow Cathedral. Home to the shrine of St Kentigern, the Cathedral is a shining example of the city’s Gothic structures. If you want to get up close and personal with Glasgow’s design, head to The Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture – the first public commission of renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Glasgow is one of Europe’s sporting capitals, with football at its beating heart. Whether you head to the stadium or the pub, be sure to get in on the action when rivals Celtic and Rangers go head to head in the local derby.
Something of a shopper's paradise, Glasgow is the UK’s second biggest shopping centre after London – offering the best mix of designer shops in Scotland. Head to Glasgow’s West End and you’ll find independent boutiques selling antiques, homeware and vintage fare. There really is something to suit every taste and budget.
The famous Glasgow “Style Mile” is made up of three main city centre streets: Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. A stroll along the Mile will see you stumble upon the trendy Princes Square, along with malls such as the Buchanan Galleries and the Sauchiehall Centre.
Other popular districts for shopping include King Street, Bath Street and along the Dowanside Lane part of Glasgow.
On a shoestring: The Chippy Doon The Lane. Fish, chips and crispy batter. When in Glasgow…
Middle of the road: Bia Bistrot. A cosy, family-run bistro offering a menu of locally and seasonally sourced ingredients. Well worth a visit.
Splash the cash: Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or. This award-winning Georgian townhouse serves up classical cooking with a contemporary twist. Perfect for a special occasion.