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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  • 1. Botanic Gardens

    West End | Garden/Arboretum

    It is a minor Glasgow miracle how as soon as the sun appears, the Botanics (as they're known to locals) fill with people. Beautiful flower displays...Read More

  • 2. Culzean Castle and Country Park


    The dramatic cliff-top castle of Culzean (pronounced ku- lain ) is quite a long drive from Glasgow, but it's the National Trust for Scotland...Read More

  • 3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    West End | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 4. National Museum of Rural Life


    Set in a rural area, this lovely museum exploring every aspect of the country's agricultural heritage is slightly off the beaten track but well...Read More

  • 5. New Lanark

    Historic District/Site

    Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, New Lanark was home to a social experiment at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Robert Owen (1771...Read More

  • 6. Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel

    Finnieston | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Zaha Hadid to celebrate the area's industrial heritage, this huge metal structure with curving walls echoes the covered yards where...Read More

  • 7. Scottish Maritime Museum


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

  • 8. Glasgow Green

    East End | Park/Playground

    Glasgow's oldest park has a long history as a favorite spot for public recreation and political demonstrations. Note the Nelson Column, erected...Read More

  • 9. Glasgow Science Centre

    Finnieston | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Hampden Park

    East End | Sports Venue

    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 the largest...Read More

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  • 11. Kelvingrove Park

    West End | Park/Playground

    Both a peaceful retreat and a well-used playground, the park was purchased by the city in 1852. The River Kelvin flows through its green spaces...Read More

  • 12. People's Palace and Winter Gardens

    East End | Museum/Gallery

    The excited conversations among local visitors are the evidence that this museum tells the story of everyday lives in Glasgow. There is always...Read More

  • 13. Scotland Street School Museum

    South Side | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 14. Summerlee–Museum of Scottish Industrial Life


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

  • 15. Tall Ship at Riverside

    Finnieston | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

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

  • 16. Waverley Excursions

    Clyde | Tour–Sight

    The last seagoing paddle steamer, the wonderful Waverley has retired several times, but the city refuses to let this Glasgow institution fade...Read More

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