There’s a reason why ‘People Make Glasgow’ is the official slogan of Scotland’s largest city. Vibrant, colourful and brimming with personality, Glasgow is a must-see spot for art, diversity and cuisine. It’s a city that should be on every bucket list, any time of the year. We can’t guarantee good weather but we can guarantee world-class dining, excellent shopping and so much culture you’ll need far more than a weekend to experience it all. Discover the best of Glasgow using our highlight reel, making sure you don’t miss anything important.
Culture in Glasgow
One of the most eye-catching architectural sites in Glasgow is a stone’s throw from the city, Glasgow Cathedral. It’s a truly impressive example of Scottish Gothic architecture both inside and out. While you’re in the area, make time to visit one of Glasgow’s finest (and creepiest) attractions, The Necropolis. Aside from viewing thousands of graves and soaking in the peaceful atmosphere, you’ll also have the best view of the city from the top of the hill.
Huntarian Art Gallery is a must-do for lovers of art and culture. The exterior architecture of the building is beautiful, fitting for the marvellous works housed within. You can discover the works of world-famous architect Sir Charles Rennie Mackintoshin Mackintosh House and explore one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland including paintings from Rubensand Rembrandt.
No trip to Glasgow is complete without a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Built using the most unique red sandstonein the Baroque style, the gallery is one of Glasgow’s best tourist attractions. You’ll find all manner of fascinating art and exhibitions here from suspended fighter jets to stuffed animals from all over the world. A must for your Glasgow bucket list.
Shopping in Glasgow
Glasgow is a mecca for lovers of retail therapy. The city centre has something to tend to all tastes and budgets with everything from high end department stores to independent and vintage shops dotted across the city. The Style mile which includes Buchanan St, Argyle St and Merchant City is a fashion hub with many brand names represented. Head down Glasgow’s main shopping street, to find all of your favourite high-street names like Monsoon, Coast & H&M.
If you, like Glasgow, are a little bit quirky, head toward the West End for a more unique shopping experience. You’ll find independent shops and boutiques selling everything from fashion and homewares to accessories and gifts. You’ll find treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
For a more high-end experience, head to the prestigious Princes Shopping Centre. This impressive (and gigantic) shopping centre is home to many famous international designers and brand names like Kate Spade, Cos, French Connection, Ted Baker and many more. Perfect to find an outfit for a special occasion or a gift they won’t forget.
Parks in Glasgow
Did you know that there are over 90 parks in Glasgow alone? Is it any wonder we’re nicknamed ‘Dear Green Place’.
While you’re exploring Kelvingrove, make sure to check out the surrounding Kelvingrove Park, a true Glasgow gem. A classic example of a Victorian park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin, the park is flanked on either side by two of our most notable buildings –its namesake Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Glasgow University.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a must-see on your staycation. Open since 1891, the gardens contain thousands of species of plants, flowers and trees, both native and exotic. You can also visit one of the most impressive buildings in the city, the magnificent Kibble Palace Greenhouse.
You’ll find Glasgow’s oldest park, Glasgow Green, right in the heart of the city acting as a busy meeting place for locals and visitors. Inside, enjoy the spectacular Doulton Fountain, McLennan Arch and the Peoples Palace-a museum dedicated to the social history of Glasgow and its people.
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