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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Botanic Gardens

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When the sun shines, the Botanics (as they're known to locals) quickly fill up with people enjoying the extensive lawns, beautiful flower...

Glasgow University

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Gorgeous grounds and great views of the city are among the many reasons to visit this university. The Gilbert Scott Building, the university...

Hunterian Art Gallery

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Opposite Glasgow University's main gate, this gallery houses William Hunter's (1718–83) collection of paintings. You'll also find prints,...

Hunterian Museum

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Set within Glasgow University, this museum dating from 1807 showcases part of the collections of William Hunter, an 18th-century Glasgow...

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Worthy of its world-class reputation, the Kelvingrive Art Gallery and Museum attracts local families as well as international visitors.

Kelvingrove Park

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A peaceful retreat, the park was purchased by the city in 1852 and takes its name from the River Kelvin, which flows through it. Among...

Mitchell Library

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The largest public reference library in Europe houses more than a million volumes, including what's claimed to be the world's largest...

Queen's Cross Church

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The only church Mackintosh designed houses the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Headquarters. It is the ideal place to learn more about...

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