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. City Chambers

    City Centre | Government Building

    Dominating the east side of George Square, this exuberant expression of Victorian confidence, built by William Young in Italian Renaissance...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Glasgow Cathedral

    Merchant City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most complete of Scotland's cathedrals (it would have been more complete had 19th-century vandals not pulled down its two rugged towers...Read More

  • 5. Hunterian Art Gallery

    West End | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. Necropolis

    Merchant City | Cemetery

    A burial ground since the beginning of recorded history, the large Necropolis, modeled on the famous Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, contains...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum


    Besides being a poet of delicacy and depth, Robert Burns was also a rebel, a thinker, a lover, a good companion, and a man of the countryside...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Tenement House

    City Centre | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 14. Burrell Collection

    South Side | Museum/Gallery

    An elegant, ultramodern building of pink sandstone and stainless steel houses thousands of items of all descriptions, from ancient Egyptian...Read More

  • 15. 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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