Glasgow is a busy and growing area, with a university and the River Clyde finding spots at the heart of the city. With plenty of parks, walking trails, historical monuments, outdoor tours, and museums, there is plenty to do here for practically nothing. I love the vibe here. It’s an ex-industrial city reviving itself as an art and tech hub that gives it a “city on the move” feeling to it. While Edinburgh may be the capital, Glasgow exemplifies the urban soul of Scotland, and shouldn’t be missed!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Glasgow
1. People watch at George Square
2. Relax in Glasgow Green
3. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
4. Spend the day at the Loch
5. Visit Glasgow Cathedral
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Spend the day at Linn Park
Linn Park is a fabulous park that has beautiful scenery and many different walking paths along Cart River. It’s great in the summer time.
2. Shop at Barras Weekend Market
It can be a little crowded, but it’s fun to pass through the endless stalls of clothing, furniture, and local treats. It’s best in the early morning when the crowds are thinner.
3. Visit the University of Glasgow
Aside from it being a beautiful university, the campus lies in an area that’s surrounded by shops, restaurants, and parks. Campus staff offer tours that explain the history and architecture of the university.
4. Wander through the Gallery of Modern Art
A great day activity which allows you to see spectacular sculpture and paintings, and learn about Scotland’s most influential artists. There is no entrance fee.
5. See a soccer match
Glasgow is famous for its love of soccer. The city has three soccer clubs, the most famous of which are the Celtics and Rangers. There is an intense rivalry between the two teams and seeing a match between the two is one of the wildest things you can do here. There are three stadiums in the city, each for a specific club, so it’s difficult for there not to be a match, especially if you’re here during the summer!
6. Take in some live music
Glasgow has a pretty decent music scene, with venues catering to different styles and experiences. For something small and intimate (but far from chic), check out a gig at King Tut’s bar, or for a bigger (or artistic) event, visit the SWG3 warehouse.
7. Enjoy the nightlife
Glasgow is by far the best place to party in Scotland. With cheap bars and massive clubs, it’s easy to dance the night away here. Make sure to go to a bar before you head to a club, as the drinks once you get on the dance floor are often more expensive. Nice ‘N’ Sleezy and the Garage are Glaswegian institutions and generally you’ll have a good time at either.