Top attractions in Glasgow
Top sights in Glasgow
7 of Glasgow's must-see sights
Big, bold, and beautiful, Scotland's largest city is bursting with things to do. Walk Glasgow's streets for an eyeful of stunning architecture, take a culture tour of museums, or sample the vibrant nightlife. You'll be guaranteed the famous, friendly welcome.
1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Packed with extensive exhibits, Kelvingrove is perfect for a day of art and culture. It boasts a Salvador Dali masterpiece, natural history artifacts, and military memorabilia.
2. Glasgow Cathedral
A visit to Glasgow wouldn't be complete without seeing this medieval masterpiece. It's one of Scotland's treasures and houses a staggering collection of post-war stained glass.
3. Glasgow School of Art
Mackintosh was considered Glasgow's greatest architect and the school is his masterwork. Take a tour of the beautiful building and get exclusive access to the furniture gallery.
4. Kelvingrove Park
After a busy day of sightseeing, come and relax in this classic Victorian park. There are plenty of sports facilities among the beautiful gardens and overlooking the River Kelvin.
5. Glasgow Science Center
Packed full of science gadgetry, it's a must-see attraction at the edge of Glasgow. Make sure you visit The Science Show Theatre but do mind the seasonal opening hours.
6. George Square
Sitting at the heart of Glasgow, it's lined with plenty of the city's famous architecture. If you're lucky enough to visit at Christmas, make sure you visit its dazzling ice rink.
7. Gallery of Modern Art
It's Scotland's most visited art gallery and for good reason. Packed full of international works, it hosts visiting exhibitions for an exciting free program of events.
Planning Your Visit
The best way to explore Glasgow is on foot. You'd be hard-pressed to get lost in the grid-like system of its streets, so our advice is to grab a map and set out sightseeing. Traffic and parking can be difficult in the city center, so if you'd prefer to travel at a faster pace, then the bus and subway network is cheap, easy, and reaches all the main sights. You can even grab a bus tour to get your bearings at the start of your trip.
How many days should you stay?
A long weekend in Glasgow would give you enough time to sample the city's highlights. But you're sure to fall in love with the vibrant life of its streets, so if you've got the time, why not have a longer stay? There's fabulous shopping, plenty of culture, and a beautiful coastline a short drive away.
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- Best time to visit
- From March until August, the weather is warmer and the days are longer, making sightseeing much more pleasant.
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What people are saying about Glasgow
I had very little time left in Scotland, and I am very happy that I booked this particular 3 day tour to cover the most beautiful places of Scotland. In terms of experience and price value this is a perfect deal in my opinion. I have really enjoyed the company of Graham who is a highly professional tour guide with so much knowledge and loads of life stories to tell people. He has a very good skill of time management and skill of being flexible and adaptable to a group needs. I booked a trip with accommodation and absolutely don't regret it! The host-lady was lovely and everything was clean and tidy in the room and in the house. I think it would be great to have more time during the photo stops but I do understand that it is difficult to cover so many places in 3 days. It was a little bit difficult to find places for lunch and enjoy it in 40-60 minutes time, but we managed. I do recommend this tour for everyone who doesn't have a possibility or time to travel on his/her own.
This was really fascinating a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable experience, good exercise and a great way to see the city and its architecture. But what really made this tour memorable for all the positive responses was the tour guide Karen. Karen is a truly passionate and enthusiastic individuals. Her positivism and passion for the service she was delivering to us her customers was absolutely engaging and energising. I started this tour with low energy and a stagnant mood and came away feeling energised, inspired, happy and as if I had really learned new things about street artists and the city, for me it just wasn't long enough I could have spent a whole day listening to Karen. Karen was extremely professional to the highest level but added her own style in appropriate antidotes and humours that really lifted the mood and gave us all a right good and much needed laugh. I hope her employers appreciate her as much as we did, a pure diamond at her craft.
We took the walking tour guide on the morning. That was really good and then we took the haunted city exploration. We observed that they complement each other, which is awesome. We definitely recommend it. As well we think that is an activity that it needs to be done with enthusiasm. We think that could be even better if they add audios to the game. Someone reading it with background noises. That will be awesome besides it will consider impared people or people with learning disabilities to play. As well I think that will be great if they do a kids version of the game.
This was a really great tour! Really well organised, especially with the Covid regulations! It was a really easy and chilled experience and we got to visit some amazing places! Great for a solo traveller as well, this was my first solo experience and now I can’t wait to do more! The driver guide Callum was great as well! I couldn’t fault the trip! If you’re thinking about booking in the future, don’t second guess it, just go for it! You won’t regret it! :)
Our tour was fantastic, Charlie the driver was a lovely man and always had a laugh. Even waited for us a little longer to get a coffee in Loch Lomond. He played great songs on the mini bus too Highly recommend the tour with Charlie.