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. 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

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Tenement House

    City Centre | Historic Home

    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

  • 8. Burns Cottage

    Historic Home

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

  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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

  • 11. House for an Art Lover

    South Side | Historic Home

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

  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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

  • 14. Provand's Lordship

    Merchant City | Historic Home

    Glasgow's oldest house, one of only four medieval buildings surviving in the city, was built in 1471 by Bishop Andrew Muirhead. Before it was...Read More

  • 15. Regimental Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits of medals, badges, and uniforms relate the history of a famous, much-honored regiment and the men who served in it. ...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Sma' Shot Cottages

    Historic Home

    To get an idea of the life led by textile industry workers, visit the Sma' Shot Cottages. These re-creations of mill workers' houses contain...Read More

  • 18. St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

    Merchant City | Museum/Gallery

    An outstanding collection of artifacts, including Celtic crosses and statuettes of Hindu gods, reflects the many religious groups that have...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. The Lighthouse

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed these former offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper, with the emblematic Mackintosh Tower, in 1893. On...Read More

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