Glasgow Sights

As cities go, Glasgow is contained and compact. It's set up on a grid system, so it's easy to navigate and explore, and the best way to tackle it is on foot. In the eastern part of the city, start by exploring Glasgow Cathedral and other highlights of the oldest section of the city, then wander through the rest of the Merchant City. From there you can just continue into the City Center with its

designer shops, art galleries, and eateries. From here you can either walk (it takes a good 45 minutes) or take the subway to the West End. If you walk, head up Sauchiehall Street and visit Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art. Once in the West End, visit the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Then take a taxi to the South Side to experience the Burrell Collection and Pollok House. For Glasgow’s East End, walk down High Street from the Cathedral to the Tron Cross; from there you can walk to the Barras and Glasgow Green.

If you break your sightseeing up into neighborhoods, it's completely manageable to explore a variety of places in three days. Glasgow's pubs and clubs serve up entertainment until late in the evening; there's something for everyone.

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Scotland Street School Museum

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A former school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this building houses a fascinating museum of education. Classrooms re-create school...

Scottish Maritime Museum

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On the waterfront in the coastal town of Irvine, this museum brings together ships and boats—both models and the real thing—to tell...

Sma' Shot Cottages

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To get an idea of the life led by textile industry workers, visit the Sma' Shot Cottages. These re-creations of mill workers' houses...

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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An outstanding collection of artifacts, including Celtic crosses and statuettes of Hindu gods, reflects the many religious groups that...

St. Vincent's Street Church

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This 1859 church, the work of Alexander Thomson, exemplifies his Greek Revival style, replete with Ionic columns, sphinxlike heads, and...

Summerlee–Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

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On the site of the old Summerlee Ironworks, this vast and exciting museum re-creates a mine and the miners' rows (the cottages where...

Tenement House

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This ordinary first-floor apartment is anything but ordinary inside: it was occupied from 1937 to 1982 by Agnes Toward (and before that...

The Lighthouse

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed these former offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper in 1893, with its emblematic Mackintosh Tower.

The Tall Ship at Riverside

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Built in 1896, this fine tall sailing ship now sits on the river Clyde immediately behind the Riverside Museum. The Glenlee once belonged...

Vennel Art Gallery

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The Vennel Art Gallery occupies the 18th-century cottage where poet Robert Burns lived and the shed where he learned to heckle—or dress—flax...