Glasgow, one of the important economical centers of Scotland, was one of the first cities to rebrand itself into a tourist attraction. The city has the lot to offer, however, if you have a few days to spend there, here are the top 10 must see places to go:
Glasgow’s Best Places To Visit
1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Kelvingrove is a large, grand museum in Glasgow. It has displays on a wide range of things, from fossil giant elks and ichthyosaurs through ancient Egypt to domestic violence, mental health, and sectarianism in Glasgow and the art of the Scottish Colourists, the Glasgow Boys, and Charles Rennie Macintosh.
There are also various things from the Victorian Great Exhibitions held in the area.
It is very child-friendly too. Apart from the fascination, most small children seem to have with fossils and ancient Egypt, there are lots of buttons to press and places to crawl through and displays at child height.
The most famous exhibit in the museum is the magnificent Dali painting of Christ.
2. Glasgow Cathedral
The first stone-built Glasgow Cathedral was consecrated in the presence of King David I in 1136
The present building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and the worship of God has been carried out within its walls for more than 800 years. The Cathedral has a regular and active congregation, and no visitor should leave the city without making a visit.
The ground was devoted for Christian burial by St. Ninian in 397 A.D. The Lower Church houses the grave of St. Mungo who died in 603 A.D.
Glasgow Cathedral’s 13th-century tower is the last remaining integral tower on a Scottish medieval church.
3. Riverside Museum
It’s a Glasgow’s Transport Museum and opened in its current purpose-built location in 2011. Situated just off the Clydeside Expressway, there is ample parking on site, which is Pay & Display. Easily walkable from the train and Subway station at Partick, and can be reached by bus service 100, or the city tour buses.
The building looks a bit odd, as do a lot along the Clyde now, as they are all really designed to be seen from the other side from the river.
Once inside, most folk will be drawn to the left where they have recreated a street from the 1930’s Shops, pub, cafe and Subway station that you can go in and have a look about.
Collections of cars and motorcycles are fixed all up to the walls, which means you can’t really get a good look inside. Plenty of other stuff at ground level, including the trams and trains.
4. The People’s Palace And Winter Gardens
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The People’s Palace is a small social history museum (and large-ish greenhouse) on Glasgow Green. It was first opened in 1898, and refurbished around 100 years later.
Originally intended as a sort of combined adult education center and pleasure garden, it now houses displays of lives and work of the people of Glasgow, from the beginning of the industrial revolution to the present time.
It also still houses a “winter gardens”; a large, beautiful Victorian glass house for palms, flowers, and the compulsory tea room.
5. Burrell Collection
The Burrell Collection is a small museum in a beautiful country park in Glasgow.
Founded by a private collector and gifted to the nation, it’s one of these wonderfully eccentric collections of stuff that someone very rich liked.
This means that the collection includes some stunning impressionist paintings, some coats of armour, some Chinese ceramics, a couple of Egyptian bits and (fittingly considering I visited it in 2012), an enormous medieval tapestry depicting Hercules at the Olympic Games.
6. Glasgow Science Centre
The Glasgow Science Centre is situated on the South Bank of the River Clyde. It is a science centre comprised of three principle buildings which are the “Science Mall”, IMAX cinema and the Glasgow Tower.
The Science Mall is a titanium-clad semi-lunar shape structure that consists of three floors of interactive skill-learning exhibits, a Science Show Theatre and the ScottishPower Planetarium. The IMAX cinema was the first, and remains the only, IMAX cinema to be built in Scotland. It opened to the public in October 2000, several months prior to the opening of the two other buildings.
At 127 meters high, Glasgow Tower is the tallest tower in Scotland and the second tallest freestanding structure after the Inverkip Power Station chimney.
7. Strathclyde Country Park
Strathclyde Park is run by North Lanarkshire Council, and is between the towns of Bothwell, Hamilton, Motherwell and Bellshill, at the foot of a busy road. On the official website, it’s described as …Close to the industrial centres of Scotland, the Park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde, between Junctions 5 and 6 of the M74 Motorway.
One of the park’s big draws is its lake. You can water-ski, hire canoes, go out in a speedboat, sail, row, sail dinghies, windsurf and use pedalos. There’s little bumper boats for kids in a contained area by the shore and the water sports centre is well equipped. You can hire bikes and cycle round the park (actually a nice way to spend an afternoon). Staff go out in patrol boats when the water is busy to make sure everyone is safe.
8. Pollok House
Located 4 mi southwest of Glasgow’s city center, the house is spread over the area of 355 acres. The home of the maxwell family, this house was built by William Adam and his sons in 1752. Its collections of Spanish paintings by Velazquez, Murillo, and El Greco is specially Interesting.
9. Doulton Fountain
Located on Glasgow Green in front of the People’s Palace is the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. It was originally located in Kelvingrove Park until is was moved to Glasgow Green in 1890.
The reason for this is that the fountain was designed by an English ceramic manufacturer named Henry Doulton to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, in celebration of 50 years since her ascension to the throne and to honor British achievements.
Made of terracotta on an iron frame, it stands 46 ft (14 m) high, and with an outer basin measuring 70 ft (21 m) in diameter and believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.
10. Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh’s Art Academy
Mackintosh’s Art Academy is essential viewing for fans of fine art and architecture.
Completed in 1909, this Art Nouveau building carries on the reputation of 28 Year old designer Charles Mackintosh, not just as an expert of the exterior but also as a fabulous interior designer.
A fire in 2014 caused a heavy damage to the building and its currently undergoing restoration work.