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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Auld Kirk Alloway

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small ruined church is famous for its role in Burns's epic poem, "Tam o' Shanter," which many Scots know by heart and is often recited...Read More

  • 9. Burns Monument


    This neoclassical structure, built in 1823, overlooks the Brig o' Doon. You can climb to the top (with some care!). Entrance is included in...Read More

  • 10. Central Station

    City Centre | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    It was the railways that first brought hordes of Victorian tourists to Scotland, and the great station hotels were places of luxury for those...Read More

  • 11. Gallery of Modern Art

    Merchant City | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 12. George Square

    Merchant City | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The focal point of Glasgow is lined with an impressive collection of statues: Queen Victoria; Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns (1759–96...Read More

  • 13. Glasgow Cross

    East End | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This crossroads was the center of the medieval city. The Mercat Cross ( mercat means "market"), topped by a unicorn, marks the spot where merchants...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Glasgow University

    West End | Educational Institution

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

  • 16. Hunterian Museum

    West End | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 17. 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

  • 18. Mitchell Library

    West End | Library/Archive

    The largest public reference library in Europe houses more than a million items, including what is claimed to be the world's largest collection...Read More

  • 19. Paisley Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Paisley's 12th-century abbey dominates the town center. Founded as a Cluniac monastery and almost completely destroyed by the English in 1307...Read More

  • 20. 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

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