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...
6 Professors' Square, Glasgow G3 6BY, UK
Glasgow weather is notoriously fickle and not uncommonly damp, but the sun does shine and, when it does, this extensive park in the city’s fashionable West End is the place to be. It features 66 acres to wander, picnic, or just people-watch,...
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...
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...
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...
242 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DX, UK
You most likely won't find possessions to treasure at this legendary weekend flea market. Indeed, most of the items for sale can be safely filed in the category marked "tat". Nevertheless, the market -- which has been in existence since the early...
Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK
While Saint Kentigern (alternatively called Saint Mungo)—Glasgow’s 7th-century patron saint—may well be mythical, early Roman Catholics venerated his memory and started a cult on a hillside site where they believe he worshipped....
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 Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS, 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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