Glasgow | City | ★★★★★

[View over the city centre from Glasgow Tower]

People make Glasgow has become the popular slogan for Scotland's largest city, again voted to be the world's friendliest in a 2021 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 (20/5/17)]

Location & info

📌 Glasgow ★★★★★
George Square in the city centre is at G.R.: NS 593654 ///drift march donor

🚶 The city centre is compact. Most of the East End attractions are also walkable from here.
🚌 Glasgow is a major air, rail and coach hub. Within the city there's an excellent bus and suburban rail network, with a subway line linking the city centre to the West End.
🚗 City centre parking is expensive during the day, except Sunday. Driving between central attractions is not recommended.

City centre

📌 Centre for Contemporary Arts
💬 Small gallery and performance space showcasing works by local and international living artists.
350 Sauchiehall Street, 15-min walk northwest from George Square, G.R.: NS 583659 ///rushed.charm.nearly
Galleries open Tuesday to Sunday | Free

📌 Gallery of Modern Art ★★★
💬 Scotland's best-known contemporary art gallery, with frequently changing exhibitions.
Royal Exchange Square, 2-min walk south from George Square, G.R.: NS 591653 ///look costs posts
Open daily | Free

>> Glasgow City Chambers ★★★
>> Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre ★★★

📌 Tenement House ★★
💬 Typical end tenement block with restored rooms giving insight into early 20th century Glasgow life.
145 Buccleuch Street, 15-min walk northwest from George Square, G.R.: NS 582662 ///head.famous.haven
Open daily, March to October; Friday to Monday, November to February except over Christmas & New Year period | £7.50 adult / £5.50 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 The Lighthouse ★★
💬 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.
11 Mitchell Lane, 5-min walk south from George Square, G.R.: NS 589653 ///tidy.appeal.burn
Open daily | Free

📌 The Museum of Piping ★★
💬 Small but well-presented exhibition area at the National Piping Centre, with demonstrations and opportunities to try playing the bagpipes. Refurbished for 2019.
30-34 McPhater Street, 10-min walk northwest from George Square, G.R.: NS 589661 ///windy.jazz.eaten
Open Monday to Saturday | £4.50 adult / £2.50 child

[View over Glasgow from the top of the The Lighthouse Centre (12/3/16)]

North Glasgow

>> Bearsden Bath House ★★
>> Speirs Wharf ★★
>> The Mackintosh Church ★★

[Glasgow Cathedral (left) & the Necropolis (right) (23/7/14)]

East End (& east of High Street / A8)

>> Provan Hall ★★
>> Glasgow Cathedral Precinct page: Glasgow Cathedral ★★★★; Glasgow Necropolis ★★★; Provand's Lordship ★★★; St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art ★★★
>> Glasgow Green ★★
>> People's Palace and Winter Gardens ★★★

[Pollok House, South Side (30/7/14)]

Southside (generally south of the Clyde)

>> Bellahouston Heritage Centre ★★
>> Bellahouston Park ★★
>> Crookston Castle ★★★
>> The Govan Stones ★★★
>> Greenbank House & Garden ★★★
>> Holmwood House & Linn Park page: Holmwood House ★★; Linn Park ★★
>> House for an Art Lover ★★★
>> Pollok Country Park page: The Burrell Collection ★★★★; Pollok House ★★★
>> Queen's Park (Glasgow) ★★★
>> Rouken Glen Park ★★★
>> Scotland Street School Museum ★★★

[Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (8/10/16)]

West End (& nearby)

>> Fossil Grove ★★
>> Glasgow Botanic Gardens ★★★★
>> Glasgow Science Centre ★★★★
>> Hunterian Museums page: Anatomy Museum ★★; Country Surgeon Micro Museum ; Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House ★★★; Hunterian Museum ★★★★; Hunterian Zoology Museum ★★
>> Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ★★★★
>> Kelvingrove Park ★★★
>> Riverside Museum ★★★★
>> St Mary's Cathedral (Glasgow) ★★★
>> The Clydeside Distillery ★★★★
>> The Tall Ship ★★★
>> Victoria Park ★★★

[Glasgow Botanic Gardens (15/5/16)]

[The Duke of Wellington at the Gallery of Modern Art often wears a traffic cone (8/10/16)]


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