12 Experiences You'll Love in Glasgow
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
From cultural havens and tranquil green enclaves to buzzing nightlife and legendary music venues, Glasgow is nothing if not multifaceted. Scotland's largest city is also its most charismatic, and the infectious personality both of the city and its inhabitants permeates even its most refined attractions.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G43 1AT, UK
Surrounded by ethereal woodland in the city’s leafy Pollok Park on the South Side of Glasgow, the Burrell Collection is an example of Glasgow’s dedication to the arts. It’s one of the greatest collections in the world with over 9,000 items...
Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
No matter which path you walk in the Victorian 85-acre Kelvingrove Park, you’ll find yourself in a lovely setting. The Stewart Memorial Fountain, built in the early 1870s, only comes on a few minutes sporadically throughout the day, but it’s worth...
Glasgow G42 9BA, UK
Scotland’s national stadium is the soccer mecca with its own unique museum harbouring 2,000 memorabilia from the early years plus it’s the home of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit because soccer known as ‘football’ is in the...
167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, UK
In Glasgow architect and renowned designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh has left an indelible mark on the city. Take a one-hour guided tour of this iconic architectural gem led by a student guide and prepare to be lured into the world of Mackintosh....
66 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PT, UK
Scottish grub was never really about the famed haggis or deep-fried mars bars, and although you can still search these treats out today’s chefs have re-invented the old and familiar. In the city’s west end, Cafézique is a best kept secret. The...
Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
The author of “How The Scots Invented the Modern World” would surely revel in this ginormous place by the Glasgow Harbor celebrating the history of transport both on land and sea. Not only does this extraordinary collection showcasing some of the...
253 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL, UK
“Like a lot of theaters in Glasgow, the Arches is a reclaimed space. The vaults under the city’s railway station have been turned into one of my favorite theater venues. By night it’s a club, too.” - Stewart Laing This appeared in the...
Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK
While St. Kentigern (alternatively called St. Mungo)—Glasgow’s 7th-century patron saint—may well be mythical, early Roman Catholics venerated his memory and started a cult on the hillside site where they believe he worshipped. First a church was...
17-19 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AE, UK
It's exceptionally difficult to recommend just one bar in pub-rich Glasgow, but the Horseshoe wins for friendliness, atmosphere, location and history. This establishment is one of the last remaining "palace pubs" of the early 20th century. The...
244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT, UK
Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Clash, and U2 are just a few of the seminal acts to have performed at this vaunted music hall since it first opened in 1934. Occupying a massive city center building with street-level market stalls and an iconic neon...
150 Pointhouse Place ,Glasgow, G3 8RS, Glasgow G3 8QE, UK
Bisecting Glasgow before meandering down to its spectacular estuary, the River Clyde is one of the city's key elements. There are few better (or exciting) ways of experiencing the waterway than motoring along on one of the expertly piloted...
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