Glasgow Travel Guide

15 Best Things to Do in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow – the most populous city in Scotland and the third in the whole of United Kingdom is a huge metropolis where state of the art architecture from both the past and present clash together to form a beautiful city amidst the 18th century.

As a travel hotspot, this metropolis is perfect for experiencing a beautiful mix of modern culture and technology, along with the iconic Scottish heritage and culture. This proves that there are several things to do in Glasgow, Scotland.

Let’s take a trip around Glasgow and discover what this city has to offer!

Best Things To Do in Glasgow

1.Glasgow Music Mile Tour

Glasgow Music Mile Tour  
Glasgow Music Mile Tour

Join a guided tour and walk along the miles of the city’s hotspots that center on the diver bars, flagship concert halls and the ghosts of the gigs that were long gone. Glasgow is the first city in the United Kingdom to be declared as UNESCO’s City of Music.

This is definitely perfect for those music lovers out there as this guide will take you around a rewind through the history and development of the music and musicians who originated in this metropolis.

Inclusions

This is a two-hour guided tour with an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide about the music industry of Glasgow. A refreshment stop in Nice ‘N’ Sleazy is also included in the tour.

Highlights

Starting from the Royal Concert Hall of King Tut, this guided tour will take you around the venues of music both in the past and the present. Listen to the legends of the late famed singer Apollo and check out the home of Celtic Connections.

Along with The Conservatoire and Glasgow School of Arts – which are both schools that played major roles in shaping the current music industry, listen to amazing stories of how your favorite songs were composed, along with taking down a trip to memory lane as you listen to these iconic songs produced in the very same spot where you will be standing.

Music of varying genres will be discussed, along with punk, rock, and urban hip-hop and so on and so forth.

Admission Fee

A fee of 17 GBP per person will be charged in order to join this guided tour.  You can . order your Glasgow Music Mile Tour ticket in advance to secure a slot.

Operation Hours

The tour runs for two hours and is available during the day.

2.Dine at Hard Rock Café

Description

Hard Rock Café was established in 1971 and provides an authentic experience that literally ‘rocks’. This Athanaeum Theatre is historic-inspired and filled with iconic memorabilia related to the rock music industry of Scotland in the 70s.

Feel the vibe, order one of their famous burgers off the venue as you revel on the rock bands that usually play in this café.

Inclusions

This includes a 75-minute trip, along with a two or three-course dinner with drinks included (soft drinks, coffee or tea), priority seating and an opportunity to skip the long lines!

Highlights

Skip the long lines by buying yourself a ticket from Get Your Guide and enjoy as you order a meal from their top-class menu and food offered while you explore the rock shop and memorabilia of hard rock music.

Tour  Price

For only 18.25 GBP, you can skip the lines and enjoy good food in this infamous hard rock café.

Operation Hours

This visit will last for duration of 75 minutes. Check their event calendars to see the various performances that will take place during your visit! The café’s usually open by 7PM.

Contact Information

Address: 179 Buchanan Street, G1 2JZ Glasgow, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 141 353 8790

Email: glasgow_social@hardrock.com

3.Celtic Park Stadium Tour

Celtic Park Stadium Tour 
Celtic Park Stadium Tour

Description

Celtic Park Stadium Tour is the largest football stadium in Scotland, with a staggering capacity of 60, 411! First formed in November of 1887, it is now the annual venue of Scotland Internationals and Cup Finals.

Immerse yourself on the vastness of this stadium and feel the passion for football running through the fields, the stands an even the dressing room, the tunnel, the dugout and more.

Inclusions

This will already cover your stadium tour entrance fee. An well conversant English speaking guide will be provided for you.

Highlights

Enjoy behind the scenes access to the Celtic Football Club. You will definitely seek this if you are a fan of the Celtic Football Club. Take a journey throughout the history of the club and gain access to others prohibited places to civilians such as the tunnels, dressing rooms and the boardroom.

Admission Fee

A fee of 12.50 GBP is charged per person. You can book  your ticket in advance in order to make sure that you won’t miss this opportunity. If you  fancy having a Celtic Tour and dinner afterwards, you can secure your ticket here.

Operation Hours

The tour lasts for a duration of 60 minutes and only takes place during the day.

Contact Information

Address: Glasgow G40 3RE, UK

Phone: +44 871 226 1888

Email: visitorexperience@celticfc.co.uk

4.Explore the

Ayrshire Coast
Ayrshire Coast

Ayrshire Coast is famed for being the birthplace of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. But it is also famous for being the home to the Culzean Castle, the castle overlooking the Firth of Clyde (mouth of River Clyde).

The Culzean Castle, completed in 1792 is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and has been opened to the public in 1972.

The Ayrshire Coast, in general, along with the Culzean Castle has been described and depicted in the poems written by Robert Burns.

Inclusions

This tour includes a deluxe bus transport throughout your whole travel, as well as a local guide who is well-trained and conversational.

 Highlights

Discover Scotland’s charming Ayrshire Coast overlooking the mouth of the River Clyde as well as explore the magnificent Culzean Castle and Gardens. You may even visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and learn more about Scotland’s national poet. A cliff walk on top of the ruined castle of Dunure and an option to visit and stand on the “Brig O’ Doon” are also included in the tour.

 Admission Fee

They charge 35 GBP per person to be included in the Ayshire Coast  tour.

 Operation Hours

The tour lasts for one whole day.

5. City Sightseeing on a Hop-On Bus

Hop-On Bus Glasgow

Lastly, to cap off this list, what is the purpose of going to Glasgow when you are not touring the city itself? The metropolis is the main attraction of the city and houses the impressive modern architecture and old buildings that remain as reminders from the 18th century.

To make it extra special, hop on a bus around the city to be avail to see the best views that are otherwise a mystery for those walking around the city.

Inclusions

A one-day or two-day hop on and hop off bus pass will be provided for you, as well as headphones to aid during your travel.

Highlights

Jump off and see the Gallery of Modern Art. Practice your faith by visiting these religious places: Glasgow Cathedral and St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. Visit the Glasgow markets: former fruit market Merchant Square and shop for bargain at Barras Market. Stroll around the People’s Palace and Winter Garden, and after that, enjoy afternoon tea at the Willow Tearooms.

For the science and technology geeks out there, go to the Glasgow Science Center and the IMAX Cinema at Pacific Quay.

Admission Fee

A fee of 16 GBP is charged per person for this hop-on bus trip.

Operating Hours

The ticket can either be for one day or two days.

Glasgow Whiskey Tours

Whiskey Distillery Tour in Glasgow

1.Glasgow Walking Tour With Beer Tasting

Participate on a tutored tasting of Scotland’s best and finest alcoholic drinks while discovering the beer that has shaped and continues to shape Scotland since 800 years ago.

This particular whiskey tasting tour starts at New Town and focuses on William Harley and the story of how he pioneered the brewing in Glasgow.

Inclusion

This is a fully guided tour with an expert guide as well as tutored tastings. Beer is also provided, however, if you wish to taste something different, they will charge for you for that.

Highlights

You will start off from the stunning Blythswood Square and discover how Harley, as a young laborer used his talents to venture into the world of business and gain fortune.

Along the way, you will stop at some beer bars in Glasgow for tutored tastings of Scotland’s award-winning beers and you will also be introduced to the raw ingredients needed for brewing these beverages.

Admission Fee

This whiskey tour costs 31.80 GBP per person.

Operating Hours

The tour lasts for duration of two hours and takes place during the day.

2.Single Malt Whiskey and Distillery Tour

This tour focuses on single malt whiskey: how it is made and the history that surrounds the development and rich story of this fascinating Scottish drink. Being the national drink of Scotland, a Scottish tour is not complete without single malt whiskey

You will also be taken to a single malt whiskey distillery and experience the drink in two different ways.

Inclusions

This tour will already include five premium malt whiskeys, a three-hour personal whiskey tour and walking tour in Glasgow, a complete walkthrough through the two best whiskey bars in Glasgow’s West End, as well as a complete tour of a brand new malt whiskey distillery – all of these, complete with an experienced and passionate guide.

Highlights

Visit a malt whiskey distillery as well as two of the best whiskey bars in Glasgow and accompanies by five premium whiskeys (one for each bar and three at the distillery), complete with a cultural story telling of the rich history of malt whiskey.

Admission Fee

This malt whiskey tour costs 55 GBP per person.

Operating Hours

The tour lasts for two and a half hours.

3.West-End Whiskey Walking Tour

 Description

This whiskey walking tour focuses on West End, a neighborhood in Glasgow compromised of smaller districts and is the home of distilleries, pubs and bars.

Sample a premium selection of the best whiskeys Scotland has to offer and learn how to taste and classify whiskey like you are a pro.

Inclusion

This walking tour will already include four premium malt whiskey tastings and an experienced English speaking guide who will take you on this three-hour walking tour journey on Glasgow’s West End.

Highlights

Try four premium malt whiskeys while you are immersing yourself in the lively bar life of West End, hearing fun stories about whiskey and some of the best whiskey bars there ever were.

These stories will often include a fusion of music, film, food, entertainment and whiskey as you enjoy the atmosphere unique to Glasgow’s cultural hub of West End.

Admission Fee

Admission fee costs 55 GBP per person to participate on this whiskey tasting walking tour.

Operating Hours

The whole tour will last for three hours.

4.Greenock Shore Excursion

Description

This is a day tour lasting for seven hours that includes a dram of whiskey in one of the most beautiful and picturesque distillery in Glasgow. This excursion is perfect to those who arrived in Glasgow via the port of Greenock.

The journey starts at Armadillo and Scottish Hydro for a photo stop, going to the works of art by famed architect Norman Foster through the riverbanks of River Clyde and to the distillery.

Inclusion

This excursion includes an international driver/guide, live commentary on board, port pickup and drop off and you will be divided into groups of two. It doesn’t include the entrance fee for the distillery which is 10 GBP.

Highlights

This is a Glasgow panoramic tour that mainly focuses on photo sessions to capture the works of art that are included in the stops. You may also enjoy Glasgow through shopping and eating out for lunch. You will also experience a tour to a single malt scotch whiskey distillery and sample the golden spirit.

Admission Fee

The Greenock excursion  tour costs 52 GBP per person, excluding the 10 GBP as entrance fee to the distillery.

Operation Hours

The day tour lasts for seven hours and will take place during the day.

5.Ultimate Whiskey Experience

Live your whiskey dreams in Glasgow through this ultimate whiskey experience. Partake on a full-day tour from Glasgow and visit two iconic distilleries: Deanston and Tullibardine. Other stops will include the Doune Castle and Loch Lamond before enjoying a relaxing stop in Doublane.

Inclusion

This ultimate whiskey experience will include live commentary from your guide but will not include meals and entry to the whiskey distilleries. Tullibardine charges 25 GBP for four whiskeys and chocolate tasting while Deaston Distillery charges 13 GBP for whiskey tastings.

Highlights

Some highlights of this ultimate whiskey trip are: an encounter with the Doune Castle, a tour of the Tullibardine Distillery and the Deanston’s as well as viewing the relaxing views of Dublane and seeing the Loch Lamond.

Admission Fee

This Whiskey Experience  day tour ticket  costs 28 GBP per person.

Operating Hours

The tour will last for a full day.

6. Glasgow Waking Tour with Beer

Description

If  Whiskey is not your poison then Glasgow also has good beers, taste some in this Glasgow Beer Walking tour

Highlights

Some of the highlights are hearing the rollercoaster story of the Development of Glasgow as well as exploring the new part of town, of course, with the help of visit through beer bars.

Admission Fee

You can avail of this Glasgow Walking tour with Beer for only 31,80 GBP per head. Remember to bring an ID

Operating Hours

The Tour will last for 2 hours

Things to do in Glasgow for Free

1.Take a walk along the city central mural

 Description

One of the most iconic and noticeable tourist spot in Glasgow City Centre is the huge arts plastered on the buildings. This is known as the City Centre Mural Trail that features art depicting all different kinds of things – from economic taxis to portraits of Glaswegian comedian Bill Connolly as a commemoration for his death in 2017 to more contemporary art depicting social issues.

Inclusions

By simply walking around the Glasgow City Centre, you are bound to see one of these huge colorful portraits that are marveled at by both local and international tourists.

Highlights

Some portraits are: Charing Cross Birds across the Charing Cross, The Swimmer under the Kingston Bridge, The Gallery – depicting famous paintings re-imagined into more controversial art (Mona Lisa holding a familiar softdrink, Van Gogh’s starry night and Munch’s Scream.

Some other portraits depict St. Enoch and Child, of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and so on and so forth.

Contact Info

Email: citycentrestategy@glasgow.com.uk

2.Visit the Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art, commonly abbreviated online as GoMA is Scotland’s most visit museum – for good reason – it is a grand royal neoclassical building located in the Royal Exchange Square.

The collection of the museum’s contemporary art is always changing with the emergence of new artistic pieces, so there is always something new to see, if ever it is not your first visit.

Highlights

The architecture of the building that holds the art collections itself is already a beauty to marvel at. Exhibitions change according to the holidays or events being celebrated. It is also an autism-friendly museum.

Operating Hours

Monday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Phone: 0131 287 3050

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

3.Visit the Kellingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvin Grove Art Museum
Kelvin Grove Art Museum

The Kellingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and remains as a firm favorite of local visitors and international guests alike. It is home to collections of natural history exhibits with dinosaurs and other animals, objects from Ancient Egypt and other cultres and Scottish historical and archaeological treasures.

Highlights

There are 22 galleries in total that range from Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as animal exhibits. Organ recitals, free tours during weekends and holidays are schedules accordingly throughout the week – if you ever get lucky, snag one seat!

There is also a changing program for temporary exhibitions and displays so there is something new to see always.

Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

Phone: 0141 276 9599

Email: museums@glasgowlife.com.uk

Things to Do in Glasgow with Families

1. Visit the Scottish Football Museum

Nothing entices kids more than sports, especially if your kid is a huge fan of football. The Scottish Football Museum in Glasgow is perfect if you are traveling with your kids and need a break from the entire city sightseeing.

This whole museum is dedicated for Scottish football alone as it has been proved time and time again that the Scotts were the ones who invented football.

Highlights

The museum is home to the world’s most impressive national collection of football related objects, memorabilia and paraphernalia. There is also the Hall of Fame in the museum which gives tribute to the best football players in Scottish history

Admission Fee

  1. Museum Admission:
    Adults £8.00
    Under 16/Concessionary Rate £3.00
    Children under 5 Free
  2. Stadium Tour:
    Adults £8.00
    Under 16/Concessionary Rate £3.50
    Children under 5 Free
  3. Stadium Tour & Museum:
    Adults £13.00
    Under 16/Concessionary Rate £5.00
    Children under 5 Free
  4. Family Ticket:
    (2 adults & 2 children)
    Stadium Tour & Museum £30.00
    Museum visit only £20.00
    Stadium Tour only £20.00

Opening Hours

Open Seven Days
Monday –Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Contact Information

Address: The Scottish Football Museum Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9BA
Phone: +44 (0)141 616 6139
Email: info@scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk

2.Stroll around the Pollok Country Park

Take the kids away from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Glasgow though the Pollok Country Park, located in the heart of Glasgow but presents a relaxing paradise.

This country park is only around seven kilometers southwest of the city centre but it feels like you are somewhere in the Firth of Clyde or the mountains of Agryll.

Highlights

It has cultural attractions of the Burrell Collection and the Pollok House. The Burrell Collection houses the remarkable late shipping of magnate Sir William Burrell.

Admission Fee

For only 7.5 GBP, you can get inside the Pollok House Collections.

Opening Hours

It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact Information

Address: 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G42 1AT, UK
Phone: + 44 (0)141 287 5064

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