Things to do in Glasgow

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All about Glasgow

When to visit

Glasgow’s winters are characterized by bitterly cold days and long, dark evenings, so visit between March and September for brighter skies and warmer temperatures. Always carry an umbrella regardless of the season, though, as showers are common. Glasgow has a jam-packed cultural program, hosting festivals dedicated to jazz, food, whisky, music, dance, books, and more year-round; check to see what’s on before your visit. The city’s longest-running event is January’s Celtic Connections festival, which celebrates Celtic music and culture.

Getting around

Glasgow’s regularly running subway system covers 15 stops across the city center, West End, and South Side. It’s a great way to cover more sights in less time, but Glasgow’s city center is compact enough to navigate on foot. You’ll see OVO Bikes docks scattered throughout the city, offering a cheap and convenient way of getting around. Before you start exploring, register using the OVO Bikes app and choose how long you want to ride.

Traveler tips

Once you’ve ticked off Glasgow’s top sights, take a day trip to the seaside town of Oban. The fishing village boasts a brightly colored marina, sumptuous seafood feasts, distilleries specializing in single malt whiskies, and the crumbling ruins of Dunollie Castle. Not only that, it’s on the famous West Highland Line, which often features on lists of the most beautiful train rides in the world. The train ride from Glasgow takes around three hours, so you might consider staying overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Glasgow famous for?

Scotland’s biggest city is known for its rich cultural scene—some of Britain’s most renowned artists and musicians are from Glasgow. The city’s earthy character is a striking contrast to the more refined Edinburgh, but its museums rival those of the capital and its food and nightlife scenes are the country’s best.

How many days do I need in Glasgow?

Two days should be enough time to see all of Glasgow’s major attractions, but you should try to spend longer to get a feel of the city’s distinctive, down-to-earth character. With more than three days to spare, you could also take a day trip to nearby Loch Lomond or Ayrshire.

What visitor attractions are there in Glasgow?

Glasgow’s top visitor attractions include the striking Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum on the Clyde; the red-brick Victorian Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; Glasgow Cathedral and the grand Victorian Necropolis; the lush Glasgow Botanic Gardens; and the eclectic collections of the Hunterian Museum and Burrell Collection.

How can I spend a day in Glasgow?

Start your day in the West End, among the shops and cafes of Finnieston. Explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Riverside Museum. Then walk along the Clyde to the center. Wander Merchant City, have a picnic on Glasgow Green, and see some live music—Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music.

What activities are popular in Glasgow?

Glasgow is filled with creative people, so going to art galleries and watching live music are popular activities. Design lovers visit for the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, while foodies enjoy exploring the food scene. Although a big city, Glasgow has green space and easy access to surrounding mountains and lochs.

Is Glasgow worth visiting?

Yes. Visitors to Scotland should not miss Glasgow. The city has a unique, earthy character, and Glaswegians are renowned as a friendly and talkative bunch. The art and music scenes are among the best in Britain, and the city is filled with interesting architecture and free museums and galleries.