Glasgow is a great city for a short break. There’s plenty to see and do and we ran out of time during our 3 day trip! Today I’m going to share with you some of the best things to see and do in the city. Glasgow is neatly divided into two halves by the M8.
Probably one of the most iconic buildings in Glasgow. The Cathedral has been a place of worship for over 800 years and the first stone was laid in 1137. It’s free to enter and there are two guided tours through the day. Stop by for breathtaking architecture!
You can’t really visit the Cathedral without also looking around the incredible Necropolis. It is an amazing place; the tombs and gravestones create an extremely dramatic picture against the grey clouds. I felt like I was walking through a valley of fallen monuments. Even if graves aren’t really your thing, the top of the Necropolis is fantastic for a scenic view of the city.
It’s free to enter the City Chambers but make sure you time it for one of the guided tours. As the building is still used as a place of work, a lot of the area is out of bounds or restricted access so a tour is the best way to see his amazing building. The interior is a completely stunning display of marble, mosaic, gold leaf and alabaster. There’s so many beautiful parts of the building that you could probably spend a whole day in there!
I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned Mr Bens before on the blog but I’ll happily endorse again! An absolute treasure trove for vintage lovers. We’ve never left empty-handed – this time around I got a sequinned Christmas cape. A SEQUINNED CHRISTMAS CAPE. Obviously check back in during December to see that. If you continue on the same road you’ll pass a further two vintage shops, so if you’re after shopping definitely stop by.
The People’s Palace serves as a compact museum for the city of Glasgow and is a great place to learn about Glasgow life. I always like to learn a bit about the history of place whenever I go somewhere new! A bit of context never hurt anyone. The Winter Gardens are situated in a conservatory at the back of the main building. I was very keen to visit after seeing the Botanic Gardens on my last trip to Glasgow! Also, don’t miss the Doulton Fountain in the grounds. Apparently it’s the largest terracotta fountain in the world!
The Hunterian Museum in London is one of my favourite museums (and I love museums) so visiting the Glasgow Hunterian was an absolute must for me. Conveniently, the Hunterian is part of the University of Glasgow so we enjoyed a wander around the beautiful grounds as well. As the oldest museum in Scotland, the Hunterian primarily showcases collections of William Hunter involving anatomical and medical displays. Since it’s opening, they have received many collections and you can find fossils, coins, ancient medals and much more. It’s not too big but has a huge number of fascinating objects!
Kelvingrove is one of the most popular galleries in Glasgow. It’s easy to see why. The building alone is incredible, with the huge organ overlooking the central hall. Add into that a huge collection of art (including a piece by Salvador Dali) and museum sections based around Natural History and Scotland’s history and you’ve got a pretty good day out there. Don’t miss it!
It’s maybe a bit of a cheat to include as you have to walk through Kelvingrove Park to get to the art Gallery but it’s really beautiful! I love visiting parks. Kelvingrove is a series of curving paths and swooping hills – extremely pretty landscape basically! We went on a super sunny day and it was hard to get any pictures that weren’t incredibly overexposed. So you’ll have to trust me that it’s beautiful!
I don’t know about all year round but certainly if you head to the Botanic Gardens in Spring or Summer you’re in for a treat! What an incredibly beautiful place. I actually blogged about Glasgow Botanic Gardens during my last trip there (here). If like me, you’re a garden fan, then I can’t recommend it enough.
This is more of lots of little recommendations than just one! We visited De Courcys specifically for one small vintage shop that I’d read about. Imagine our surprise to find this whole arcade of cute shops! Independent traders, local crafts, actual vintage and a vintage inspired tea-room were some of the highlights. I think there may be events and markets on through the week so check it out for something a bit different!
If you’re wondering where the food recommendations are – there were so many that I’ll be writing up a whole separate post! There are so many more things I’d love to see in Glasgow next time I’m there. What are your favourite things in Glasgow?