10 Must See Places to Visit in Glasgow
Glasgow represents one of the best destinations in Europe for a city break.
Scotland’s largest city has been the recipient of multiple arts and cultural awards, and has invested heavily in regenerating its docklands and city centre over the past ten years.
Broadly organised around a city centre that includes Argyle and Bath Street, and a West End that features the University of Glasgow, the city is easily navigated by subway, bus, car and foot.
Some of the best landmarks to check out within Glasgow include, in no particular order:
1 – Glasgow Cathedral
Dating to around 397 AD, Glasgow Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Saint Mungo, is found on Castle Street. This medieval castle is one of the most distinctive sights in the city, and also includes a Necropolis cemetery. One of the best free attractions in Glasgow.
2 – Glasgow Cross
At the centre of Trongate, Saltmarket, London Road and Gallowcastle, the Glasgow Cross is an important example of the city’s medieval history. The centre also features an ancient clock tower, the Tolbooth building, and a nearby theatre.
3 – Mitchell Library
The Mitchell Library on North Street is Europe’s largest public municipal library, and features impressive reading rooms and exhibitions. Free to enter, but closed on Sundays.
4 – Botanic Gardens
A large public park in the West End of Glasgow, the Botanic Gardens were created in the 19th century, and feature a number of glasshouses, including the Kibble Palace. Significant restoration work on the Gardens was carried out to restore its Victorian ironwork between 2004 and 2006.
5 – City Chambers
Located in George Square, the City Chambers has been home to Glasgow City Council since 1888. Free tours provide insight into the inner workings of one of the oldest municipal buildings in the city.
6 – Trades Hall
Built in the 18th century by local architect Robert Adam, Trades Hall is located in Merchant City, and is modelled after a neoclassical design. The hall is still used for trade union debates, and can be found on Glassford St. Free tours are available.
7 – Glasgow School of Art
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow School of Art is distinguished by its Scottish tower house architecture, gables and glass bays. The School can be found on Renfrew Street.
8 – Burrell Gallery
Built in 1983 to house the art collection of Sir William Burrell, the Burrell Gallery is one of the finest examples of modern architecture in Glasgow. The Gallery is actually located in the woodlands to the South West of Glasgow, and can be reached by bus, train and car from the city centre.
9 – Glasgow Film Theatre – One of the oldest arthouse cinemas in the UK, the Glasgow Film Theatre was built in 1939, and designed by Dutch architect Dudok around a black base and brick style. The Film Theatre is on Rose Street, and is near to the Glasgow School of Art.
10 – Riverside Museum
One of Glasgow’s newest landmarks, the Riverside Museum was completed in 2011, and sits on the intersection of the Rivers Kelvin and Clyde, offering views over Govan. The museum is focused on Glasgow’s transport history, and includes exhibits on ships and locomotives.