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Glasgow is a vibrant, buzzing city by day and night, with plenty of fun no matter your tastes or who you're with. So get involved in some fantastic Scottish culture as we give you the low-down on the top Glasgow attractions.
With holidays by National Express, you can combine our great value coach travel with hotels in Glasgow. There is so much to see and do during a city break or short break in Glasgow, here is a suggested holiday itinerary:
Day 1: Glasgow shopping - Wander the city's famous shopping thoroughfare, Buchanan Street, with upmarket shops, buzzing bars and restaurants to enjoy, or head over to Glasgow's West End to discover cobbled lanes, arcades and quirky vintage shops.
Day 2: Glasgow Museums - Spend your day visiting the different museums Glasgow has on offer. The modern Riverside Museum has interactive displays, the Glasgow Science Centre boasts an IMAX cinema and fascinating science exhibits and the Gallery of Modern Art boasts a variety of art from local and international artists.
Day 3: Kelvingrove Park - Stroll through the 85 acres of Kelvingrove Park, located on the River Kelvin in the West End of the city. It's also the home to the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where you can discover the magnificent national history collection.
The Bon Accord
For a pre-theatre meal, The Bon Accord is one of Glasgow’s best places to eat. A family-run alehouse with plenty of old world charm, The Bon Accord serves traditional home-cooked pub cuisine at affordable prices, and doubles-up as a malt whiskey bar with more than 400 varieties to try. Pay a visit on a Wednesday for the pub quiz, or enjoy live music on a Saturday with the King’s Theatre just a stone’s throw away.
Cheap bites in Glasgow don’t come much better than a trip to Bloc+, an independent restaurant, bar and music venue on Bath Street. The flexible menu caters for veggies and meat eaters, and the special deal days mean you’ll have plenty of cash spare to explore the city. Visit on Dog Friday for £4 Bockwurst in a bun, or on Sunday for ‘T-bone for a Tenner’.
If you love seafood, a visit to Gamba should be high on your list of things to do in Glasgow. For authentic Scottish cuisine, try the Isle of Gigha halibut, Scotch beef sirloin or roast Shetland cod. The fresh food is sourced from markets and is updated seasonally. With two AA Rosettes to its name, Gamba has a well-deserved reputation as one of Glasgow’s best restaurants.
Have a pie and a pint on Hope Street
Glasgow’s legendary nightlife needs little introduction, and a trip to The Pot Still is a good place to start. Just a short walk from Glasgow Central station, the venue is home to more than 700 malt whiskeys from all around the world, plenty of cask ales and tasty pies. All of which makes for a memorable night out in one of Glasgow’s best whiskey bars.
Experience Glasgow’s marvellous mixologists
Gin71 is up there with the best bars in Glasgow thanks to its collection of 71 gins from across the globe, not to mention cocktails and homemade tonics. Set within the glorious De Quincy House with its sparkling chandeliers and elegant arches, a trip to Gin71 is a chance to sample Glasgow at its stylish best.
Stained glass windows meet rock ‘n’ roll
For a night out in Glasgow with a difference, Oran Mor is a great choice. A converted church in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, the venue has retained its magic and charm whilst playing host to live music, theatre and a traditional bar serving affordable food and drink. Oran Mor offers a cool and quirky introduction to Glasgow’s nightlife.
With more than 90 outlets on four floors, Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries is unmissable for a spot of retail therapy. You can find everything here, from affordable clothes to luxury jewellery, and it’s the perfect place to start before a walk down the city’s infamous Style Mile. If you prefer browsing stores in the heart of the action rather than faraway shopping centres, a trip to Buchanan Galleries is a must.
Away from the West End crowds, those looking for affordable fashion and something a little more vintage will love Glorious Clothing. Situated on Ruthven Lane, an indie alternative to the bigger shopping centres, Glorious Clothing is loved by fashionistas for its wide range of pre-loved clothes. Rummage around for long enough and you’re sure to find a bargain.
A real, authentic Glasgow shopping experience lies in wait at The Barras, a no-nonsense marketplace in the vibrant East End. Home to long-term traders and young creative upstarts, you can find practically anything at The Barras, including arts and crafts, luxury leather, affordable clothes and a beautiful piece of furniture or two.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
A trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience Glasgow for free. With 22 state-of-the-art galleries and 8,000 objects, you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the exhibitions on offer. The venue reopened in 2006 following a refurbishment, and remains one of the top places to visit in Glasgow.
The Riverside Museum
The old meets the new at the The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel – to give its full title – where visitors can gaze at classic cars, bicycles, ships, trams and trains in a stunning glass building on the Clyde.
Ibrox and Celtic Park
Sports fans on a sightseeing mission should visit Ibrox or Celtic Park, the iconic homes of Rangers and Celtic. The Old Firm constitute one of football’s legendary rivalries, and both venues are true landmark stadiums. Get tickets for a match day and sample some of the best atmospheres in world football, or take a stadium tour and learn about the history of both clubs.
Magical museums to inspire them
Take a walk down the Clyde and visit some of Glasgow’s best museums for a fun day out with the kids. The Science Centre has gadgets galore and 400 interactive exhibits, while The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel is a fun day out where the kids can marvel at the cars, boats and locomotives on display.
Reward them with a fun spy trail
For some outdoor family fun, the Glasgow West End Spy Trail is a fantastic day out. Suitable for young children and teens up to 18, this self-guided tour is a lovely way for kids to learn more about the city and solve clues as they go.
Let them see the sights on a double-decker
After a long day’s explore, let the bus take the strain and take the children on a sightseeing tour – one of Glasgow’s essential family activities. Hop on and off as you please, and absorb the sights and sounds on this 21-stop tour.
Tick off your history list
Beat the crowds on your whistle-stop tour of Glasgow’s incredible history. As mentioned in our list of the top tourist attractions above, no trip to Glasgow is complete without a trip to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the city’s top attractions. Next, take in Glasgow University, a stunning historic site first established in 1451.
Go wild on the Style Mile
The UK’s largest shopping destination outside London, the so-called Style Mile, is one tourist experience not to be missed. Start on Buchanan Street, the main thoroughfare, and fill your boots at the hundreds of indie boutiques and major stores. Be sure to visit Buchanan Galleries and shop in style.
Rock out in the East End
For music lovers, the Barrowland Ballroom is one of Glasgow’s top attractions. This legendary venue has played host to the likes of Oasis, U2 and The Clash over the years. Check the events calendar and rock the night away.
Off the beaten path, Monorail is a home-away-from-home for indie music fans. Expect to find limited edition vinyls, rare finds and the occasional special guest performer.
For a spot of weekend shopping, Cresswell Lane is a cool alternative to Glasgow’s big high street stores. Here, you can find an assortment of unique boutiques selling bespoke furniture, jewellery and vintage galore.
The Mitchell Library
With so many historic sites to visit, it’s easy to overlook The Mitchell Library, but it’s definitely one of Glasgow’s best alternative attractions. Featuring one of the world’s largest Robert Burns collections, this inspiring building is a history lover’s dream.
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