With restrictions finally easing and life slowly but surely returning to normal, we can get excited about travel again! Put Scotland first on your list, making sure to book great value accommodation in our serviced apartments in Glasgow soon to avoid disappointment. When planning your visit, make sure you include some of the excellent free things to do in Glasgow, which includes museums, galleries, public spaces and parks. Perfect for travelling on a budget while including the sightseeing highlights in your trip.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART (GOMA)
Did you know Glasgow was home to the most visited museum in Scotland? Housed in one of the city’s most impressive Neoclassic buildings in Royal Exchange Square, GoMA contains four galleries packed with contemporary art across a huge range of mediums. They feature work from both local and international artists, all of whom contribute to an excellent afternoon out for visitors. On your way in, stop for a selfie with the iconic Duke of Wellington Statue complete with a traffic cone crown which he sports all year round thanks to some dedicated pranksters.
KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
The centre piece of the beautiful Kelvingrove Park (which is also a great free attraction), Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum offers an excellent, educational experience for all ages and interests. You could spend an entire day exploring their 22 galleries, learning a little about everything -from art to animals & Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. After a day of visiting the past, continue to explore the beautiful grounds of Kelvingrove, enjoying a picnic for a frugal lunch time al fresco. It’s a family-friendly day out, highly recommended by visitors and staff alike.
THE RIVERSIDE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND TRAVELLocated on the edge of the city, on the banks of the River Clyde, The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel is a free to enter museum displaying the best of Glasgow’s maritime and transport history. With a collection of over 3000 interesting artefacts, including historic vehicles, Glasgow trams and trolly buses, cars, motorbikes and bicycles, it’s a must-do for transport & vehicle enthusiast. Get a feel for life in the olden days when you visit their street recreation or spend some time on the river on the Tall Ship Glenlee. It’s a hands on experience suitable for all ages and a must-do when visiting Glasgow.
BOTANIC GARDENS AND KIBBLE PALACEIf you find yourself in Glasgow on one of our rare sunny days, there is nowhere better to soak up the glorious sunshine than the city’s Botanic Gardens. Dubbed the most impressive garden in Glasgow, this impressive green space holds an enviable collection of both local and non-native plants, trees and flora –the likes of which aren’t found anywhere else in the country. Kibble Palace, a magnificent glasshouse designed by its name sake John Kibble, houses the national collection of tree ferns within its impressive transparent walls. It’s a perfect picture opportunity in Glasgow so don’t forget your camera.
GLASGOW CATHEDRAL AND THE NECROPOLISWe realise how odd it may seem but it’s true -one of Glasgow’s most impressive sightseeing spots is a grave yard! In the heart of the Necropolisis the imposing Glasgow Cathedral, built between 13-15th centuries and is said to be where the city’s patron, Saint St. Mungo, is buried. The Cathedral has both an impressive exterior and a fascinating interior complete with beautiful stained glass windows. Aside from the serenity and peaceful atmosphere in Necropolis Cemetery, you’ll also have the best views of the city.
PEOPLE’S PALACE AND WINTER GARDENSLocated on Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest public space, The Peoples Palace is a museum for all manner of historic items specific to Glasgow. You’ll get a unique, first hand view of what life was like in the 18th to 20th Centuries, showing how our people lived, worked and spent their leisure time through photographs, prints and film. The palace is surrounded by the beautiful Winter Gardens & the Winter Garden Conservatory, ideal to explore on a rainy afternoon.
HUNTERIAN MUSEUMThe Hunterian Museum is a must do for those fascinated by ancient history, housing collections from fossils & meteorites to mummies & Roman artefacts. Lovers of the macabre will love the museum’s collection of human and non-human anatomical specimens (body parts to put it simply), which are a fascinating and unique look into the human body, collected by the museum’s namesake-anatomist William Hunter. Their art gallery is famous for its Mackintosh and Whistler collections and its permanent displays include works from internationally renowned artists like Rubens and Rembrandt. The Hunterian Museum is a fascinating and educational day out for all ages.
Remember to check each venues individual website before you visit as many still require pre-booking to facilitate social distancing. At PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments Glasgow, we are expecting a very busy summer so make sure to book your stay on our official website soon to avoid disappointment.