[View over the city centre from Glasgow Tower]

People make Glasgow has become the recent popular slogan for Scotland's largest city, again voted to be the world's friendliest in a 2016 survey by the travel publisher Rough Guides. That pesky capital and rival, Edinburgh, may be the more popular destination for tourists: "gritty" Glasgow can never compete for dramatic cityscapes, history or scenic beauty. But it really is the people that "make" Glasgow... along with Scotland's best shopping, best night scene, outstanding (and free) museums, and the only place in the country with a big city feel. The sights in the grid-like central district are detailed below, an area connected by the three main shopping thoroughfares of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. Places of interest further from the centre have their own pages but are linked to from here, categorised by compass points.

[Buchanan Street (May 2017)]

Name: Glasgow ★★★★
Location (George Square): G.R.: NS 593654 ///drift march donor
Anything else? City centre parking is eye-wateringly expensive: except on Sundays and in the evenings, this is a city best explored on foot or by public transport.

[The Duke of Wellington at the Gallery of Modern Art often wears a traffic cone (October 2016)]

City centre

Name: Centre for Contemporary Arts ☆☆☆
Description: Small gallery and performance space showcasing works by local and international living artists.
Location: 350 Sauchiehall Street, 15-min walk north-west from George Square, G.R.: NS 583659 ///rushed.charm.nearly
Open (galleries) (2018): Tuesday to Sunday
Cost: Free
Public transport: Train (Charing Cross), 300 metres; subway (Cowcaddens), 400 metres; bus, <200 metres

Name: Gallery of Modern Art ★☆☆
Description: Scotland's best-known contemporary art gallery with frequently changing exhibitions.
Location: Royal Exchange Square, 2-min walk south from George Square, G.R.: NS 591653 ///look costs posts
Open (2018): Daily
Cost: Free
Public transport: Train (Queen Street), 200 metres; subway (Buchanan Street), 300 metres; bus, <200 metres

>> see separate post for Glasgow City Chambers ★☆☆

Name: The Lighthouse ☆☆☆
Description: Scotland's Centre for Design & Architecture, with galleries and a good exhibition about Charles Rennie Mackintosh partially housed in a tower designed by the man himself.
Location: 11 Mitchell Lane, 5-min walk south from George Square, G.R.: NS 589653 ///tidy.appeal.burn
Open (2018): Daily
Cost: Free
Public transport: Train (Glasgow Central), <200 metres; subway (Buchanan Street; St Enoch), 300 metres; bus, <200 metres

Name: The Museum of Piping ☆☆☆
Description: Small but well-presented exhibition area at the National Piping Centre, with demonstrations and opportunities to try playing the bagpipes (phone to confirm exact times).
Location: 30-34 McPhater Street, 10-min walk north-west from George Square, G.R.: NS 589661 ///windy.jazz.eaten
Open (2018): Monday to Saturday
Cost (2018): £4.50 (adults), £2.50 (children)
Public transport: Subway (Cowcaddens), 200 metres; train (Queen Street), 600 metres; bus, <200 metres

>> see separate post for Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre ★☆☆

Name: Tenement House ☆☆☆
Description: Typical end tenement block with restored rooms giving insight into early 20th century Glasgow life.
Location: 145 Buccleuch Street, 15-min walk north-west from George Square, G.R.: NS 582662 ///head.famous.haven
Open (2018): Daily, late March to October
Cost (2018): £6.50 (adults), £5 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members
Public transport: Subway (St Georges Cross), 300 metres; Train (Charing Cross), 400 metres; bus, 200 metres

[View over Glasgow from the top of the The Lighthouse Centre (March 2016)]

North Glasgow

>> see separate post for Bearsden Bath House ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for The Mackintosh Church ☆☆☆

[Glasgow Cathedral (left) & the Necropolis (right) (July 2014)]

East End (& east of High Street / A8)

>> see separate post for Provan Hall ☆☆☆
>> see Glasgow Cathedral Precinct post for Glasgow Cathedral ★★☆; Glasgow Necropolis ★☆☆; Provand's Lordship ★☆☆; St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Glasgow Green ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for People's Palace and Winter Gardens ★☆☆

[Pollok House, South Side (August 2014)]

Southside (generally south of the Clyde)

>> see separate post for Bellahouston Heritage Centre ★★☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Bellahouston Park ★★☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Crookston Castle ★☆☆
>> see Glasgow Southside for The Burrell Collection ★★☆; Pollok House ★☆☆; Queen's Park ★☆☆
>> see separate post for The Govan Stones ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Greenbank House & Garden ★☆☆
>> see Holmwood House & Linn Park post for Holmwood House ☆☆☆; Linn Park ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for House for an Art Lover ★★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Rouken Glen Park ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Scotland Street School Museum ★☆☆

[Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (October 2016)]

West End (& nearby)

>> see separate post for Glasgow Botanic Gardens ★★☆
>> see separate post for Glasgow Science Centre ★★☆
>> see Hunterian Museums post for Anatomy Museum ★★☆☆☆; Country Surgeon Micro Museum ★☆☆☆☆; Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House ★☆☆; Hunterian Museum ★★☆; Hunterian Zoology Museum ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ★★☆
>> see separate post for Kelvingrove Park ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Riverside Museum ★★☆
>> see separate post for The Tall Ship ★★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Victoria Park ★★★☆☆

[Glasgow Botanic Gardens (May 2016)]


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