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Best Guide on What to See and Do in Glasgow, United Kingdom

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What to see in Glasgow

Glasgow is known for being the largest city in the entirety of Scotland, but there’s more to it than just its size. It is a location rich in culture and Victorian-style architecture as well as a popular tourist destination in the country. It’s easily reached via Edinburgh or even Belfast.  If you want to experience what Glasgow has to offer without breaking the bank, and also while still having a wholesome experience, fret not because down below are listed some great free things to do in the city of Glasgow.

1.) Riverside Museum

Glasgow has a history for being one of the United Kingdom’s most advanced when it comes to transportation technology, and the Riverside Museum aims to emphasize just that. It is a place for the finest of locomotives and vehicles. There are videos posted around the museum which really bring life to the stories unfolded. It is located on Pointhouse Rd. And opens at 11AM.

 

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2.) Gallery of Modern Art

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But of course, art enthusiasts better not pass up the opportunity to visit an art gallery- a free one, at that. It is usually open from 11AM to 5PM and is situated at the heart of the city, making it an easy access location. It showcases modern spins on art from all around the world, and the building itself is quite impressive as well.

 

3.) Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum

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Hallways of Kelvingrove Art Museum in Glasgow

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Kelvingrove Art Museum

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Another good art gallery to visit. Its posh interior and large collection of varied art and objects make it a popular tourist destination. Definitely don’t miss this, it’s so pretty. When we were there, we enjoyed the exhibit of different faces. The building itself is just spectacular.  It’s open from 11AM, so try and get there early if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

 

4.) University of Glasgow

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Hogwarts?

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This is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom, having roots aging all the way from the Age of Enlightenment. The building itself is stunning, and the information inside its walls is interesting to boot. The air of the school feels just like Hogwarts ( this reminds me of my trip to Oxford) , so you’ll definitely want to see this if you’re a Potterhead. Plus, it’s just across the Kelvingrove, so it’s hitting 2 birds with one stone.

 

5.) Hunterian Museum

This museum is known for being the oldest in Scotland. It is a good place to go especially for those interested in the field of medicine and surgery, but even those who aren’t will still find it fascinating. It’s good not be queasy, however, because human body parts will be on display.

 

6.) Tall Ship at the Riverside

Glasgow is a city by the bay, meaning things involving boats and maritime will be popular. Take the Tall Ship, for example, a restored old Victorian ship which you can tour around with. You’ll be shocked at the size of the vessel, and feel like you’re sailing back through time. It is open from 10AM – 4:30AM.

7. ) Glasgow Cathedral

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Outside the Glasgow Cathedral
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Glasgow Cathedral
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Glasgow Cathedral

This is said to be one of Scotland’s most outstanding buildings, with a long history, from the 1500s. It is a small cathedral, but the history and beauty of it are more than enough to make it worth a visit. You can find out facts about the location too, the staff will be happy to answer any questions.

8.) St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art

This is one of the only museums completely devoted to religious art. The castle like building will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time, and the atmosphere is great as well. Like most museums, it is open from 11 till 5.

9.) Glasgow Necropolis

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Necropolis

This is located in a convenient place, right next to the Glasgow Cathedral so you might as well visit here too, right? It is a Victorian cemetery that gives off an eerie feel, a good place to go whether you like spooky atmospheres or just want to walk around in a quiet area.

 

10.) City Chambers

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Amazing Architecture of the Glasgow Cityhall
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Amazing Architecture of the Glasgow Cityhall
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Amazing Architecture of the Glasgow Cityhall
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Amazing Architecture of the Glasgow Cityhall
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Amazing Architecture of the Glasgow Cityhall

The City Chambers building is a good visit when in Glasgow, and you can get yourself a free tour as well! It occurs twice per day at 10:30am and 2:30pm from Monday-Friday. You can visit the place yourself but there are certain parts you can’t enter without a guide, so it’s worth going on a public tour.

 

11.) The Lighthouse

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Glasgow Lighthouse View

The Lighthouse is an art museum dedicated to Design and Architecture. You’ll be able to visit a small but modern and classy area which gives you a great view of Glasgow’s skyline- you might want to take a picture or two up here to commemorate the occasion.

 

12.) Scotland Street School Museum

This isn’t like your usual museums, because this one’s dedicated to school education. It is open from 11am to 5pm and boasts reconstructed classrooms from different eras, like the Victorian one. Take a trip through an unusual facet of history.

13.) Ashton Lane

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Ashton Lane
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Ashton Lane

Ashton Lane is a backstreet in Glasgow which contains lots of sights and sounds. What it’s most noted for, however, is its abundance in great bars and restaurants. Looking for a place to eat and drink, as well as enjoy the essence of Glasgow? Go here. We tried the Grosvenor Cafe which is really cool but really, there are a lot of good ones around the area.  The Grosvenor cinema could be found here too.

Where to Eat

 

1.) Masala Twist

If you want Indian food, Masala Twist is one of the city’s best. It’s authentic Indian cuisine- but with a Scottish twist. Some great menu finds are the curry and pakora.The beer here is great too, which is a plus. A great place to dine with friends.

2.) Brewdog

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Brewdog

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You can’t leave a place like Glasgow without having a taste of their beer. BrewDog is one of the most famous breweries in the UK, a good place to try a craft beer.

 

3.) Hanoi Bike Shop

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Asian cuisine is also rather predominant in Glasgow, and Hanoi Bike Shop is a Vietnamese restaurant with a lively interior filled with colorful lanterns. They serve traditional Vietnamese street food and are open daily from 11AM – 11PM. Be sure to try out a round of spring rolls and pho.

 

4.) Ubiquotous Chip

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Ashton Lane’s famous restaurant Ubiquitous Chip

This restaurant serves Scottish and European cuisine, but what makes it special is the fact that they have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options for those who live different lifestyles. Located at Ashton Lane and open from 11AM – 1AM, it’s perfect for late night dinners. Haggis and steak are some of this brasserie’s specialities.

 

5.) Hidden Tea Lane

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Of course, what’s Glasgow without tea? This place serves luxury tea as well as desserts and meals. Cupcakes and brie are some must-try dishes when dining here. The ambience is so classy, it feels as if you’re dining in a castle.

6. ) Hillhead Book Club

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7.) Grosvenor Cafe

 

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Grosvenor Cafe

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