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  • 1. Botanic Gardens

    West End

    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...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's most popular property....Read More

  • 3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    West End

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

  • 5. New Lanark

    Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, New Lanark was home to a social experiment at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Robert Owen (1771–1858), together...Read More

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


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

  • 8. Glasgow Green

    East End

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

  • 9. Glasgow Science Centre


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

  • 10. Hampden Park

    East End

    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...Read More

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  • 11. Kelvingrove Park

    West End

    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

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

  • 13. Scotland Street School Museum

    South Side

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

  • 15. Tall Ship at Riverside


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

  • 16. Tramway

    South Side

    South of the City Centre, this innovative arts center is well worth seeking out. It hosts regular exhibitions in its two galleries, and plays—often of...Read More

  • 17. Waverley Excursions


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

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