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 Centre 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. Once in the West End, visit the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A walk through Kelvingrove Park will being you to the Finnieston area. You can take a taxi to the South Side to experience 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 market and Glasgow Green.

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Biggar Gasworks

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Built in 1839, the gasworks is a fascinating reminder of the efforts once needed to produce gas for light and heat. ...

Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum

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Opened in 2015 after a major reorganization and rebuilding, the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum offers a panorama of everyday life...

Burns Cottage

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In the delightful Burns Heritage Park, this thatched cottage is where Scotland's national poet lived for his first seven years. It has...

Gallery of Modern Art

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One of Glasgow's boldest, most innovative galleries occupies the neoclassical former Royal Exchange building. The modern art, craft,...

Glasgow Science Centre

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Fun and engaging, this museum for children has three floors packed with games, experiments, and hands-on machines from pendulums to small-scale...

Hampden Park

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A mecca for soccer enthusiasts, who come from far and near to tread the famous turf, the home field for the country's national team was...

House for an Art Lover

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Within Bellahouston Park is a "new" Mackintosh house, based on a competition entry Charles Rennie Mackintosh submitted to a German magazine...

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 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attracts local families as well as international visitors.

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