What to do and see in Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Margarita Chappel

As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is famed for its culture, shopping and people. Spend your day exploring a wide range of fascinating free museums and galleries, enjoying the UK’s best shopping outside of London, and taking advantage of tips from friendly local people on the city’s hidden gems — then choose from 130+ weekly musical events for a special night out. Glasgow is also the perfect base for exploring more of Scotland, with great connections to the Highlands and the islands.
Restaurants in Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Galleries Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, Scotland +44 141 276 9599
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumVisitScotland Tourism Organisation8 top Charles Rennie Mackintosh attractions

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is Scotland's most visited free attraction.​ With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant.

Reviewed By dyoungone - Lanark, United Kingdom

Great way to spend an afternoon.
Went primarily for two things.
1. Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition, this was very good.
2. Crucifixion of Christ. This was on lone. Disappointing :-(
Nice café with great table service.
Good fun free day out. The CRM exhibition was £7 entry but that is a small price to pay for a great museum/gallery that is all free.
Highly recommend.

2. Glasgow Tigers Speedway

404 Hawthorn Street | Possilpark, Glasgow G22 6RU, Scotland +44 141 336 1000
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5 based on 311 reviews

Glasgow Tigers Speedway

Glasgow Tigers Speedway is Glasgow's only true motorsport venue. Glasgow Tigers compete in the Championship League of UK speedway and race every Friday at 19:30 from March to October. There are also occasional midweek races. Speedway is a fast and exhilarating sport and involves motorbikes, with no brakes, whizzing around an oval circuit at speeds of up to 70 mph. Speedway is also a family sport where kids can get involved with the 'Growlers' Club' and get to meet Roary, our Tiger Mascot. Glasgow Tigers' facility is one of the best in UK speedway and has fantastic catering facilities, a bar and some great viewing areas. The stadium is also fully wheelchair accessible.

Reviewed By 524alr

Great food every time, new chef is very helpful and always ensuring food is of good taste. Cafe is open everyday and food is great value. All the girls who work there are very helpful and nothing is a hassle. Definitely one of possils hidden good good places!

3. University of Glasgow

University Avenue | West End, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland +44 141 330 2000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

University of Glasgow

Take a fascinating tour of the University of Glasgow campus, and explore the University's stunning architecture (with over 100 listed buildings) and discover incredible stories from its 550 years of history. Guided campus tours are led by trained student guides and last for approximately one hour - you can find out more by visiting: boxoffice.src.gla.ac.uk/product/university-glasgow-tours. Other must-see attractions to visit on campus include: • The Hunterian Museum • The Hunterian Art Gallery (including The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House) • The Visitor Centre Shop for University merchandise and Scottish gifts (10% off with your tour ticket) • A selection of cafés and restaurants for coffee or a bite to eat

Reviewed By David T - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Disappointed with this tour, 95% is outdoors which is dreech when wet and very cold, as the main focus is walking around the outside of the building which you can do yourself without the cost. No mention of the CR MacIntosh room across the road which I would have thought would have been part of tour, no mention of where café is and left outside when finished. Mention was made of Huntarian museum and this is free and many times more interesting than being frozen and soaked. Save your £10 for 50 minute tour.

4. Tennents Wellpark BreweryVisitScotland Tourism Organisation9 unmissable eating and drinking experiences in Glasgow

Wellpark Brewery 161 Duke Street, Glasgow G31 1JD, Scotland +44 141 202 7145
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4.5 based on 705 reviews

Tennents Wellpark BreweryVisitScotland Tourism Organisation9 unmissable eating and drinking experiences in Glasgow

Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow is home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award winning beers. Our new tour takes you behind the scenes to discover how we make Tennent's so special. We've been part of Scotland and its culture for generations. This is a chance to learn about the rich heritage of one of the country's most loved brands as well as about the production processes that have taken place at Wellpark from through the centuries up to today. Follow us from the very origins of brewing at Wellpark, to present day support of and passion for Scottish music and football. As well as a rare collection of vintage and retro Tennent's packaging, there's a chance to watch your favourite Tennent's adverts from over the decades and also a shop to buy exclusive Tennent's goodies... And to top it all off, there might even be a cheeky wee taste of Scotland's Favourite at the end of the tour in it for you. Tasty.

Reviewed By Kitty8704 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Really enjoyed the tour. Interesting tour of the brewery. Tour guide was very good. You get a pint and other samples at the end so it is a good value for money too. Recommend it for both Glasgow locals and visitors.Hello there We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the brewery tour experience. Aye, the drinks at the end always go down well! Cheers! TVC

5. Pollok Country ParkVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 attractions you cannot miss in Glasgow

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT, Scotland +44 141 287 5064
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4.5 based on 902 reviews

Pollok Country ParkVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 attractions you cannot miss in Glasgow

Over 360 acres of green, this lovely park is best known for its well-kept scenic running and walking trails.

Reviewed By garyp281 - New York City, New York

Set in a spacious park in the center of 19th Century Suburban Glasgow, is a country home now museum that is worthy of a visit when in Glasgow. Pollok House is grand and architecturally significant, with several lovely interior spaces that "wow", filled with an historic collection of paintings from Spain and Italy filling it's gallery of rooms: step out to the parterre Gardens (they were in bloom in the temperate winter), and, make time for a soup and Sandwich in the former kitchen lit from a glass lantern - turned into a cafe...and, Scottish gifts available in an ample gift shop. (food, wool products and other gift items).

6. House for an Art LoverVisitScotland Tourism Organisation8 top Charles Rennie Mackintosh attractions

10 Dumbreck Road | Bellahouston Park, Glasgow G41 5BW, Scotland +44 141 353 4770
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

House for an Art LoverVisitScotland Tourism Organisation8 top Charles Rennie Mackintosh attractions

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 and built in the attractive setting of Bellahouston Park in the 1990s, House for an Art Lover allows the visitor an insight into Mackintosh's renowned talent not just as an architect, but as a an artist, designer and pioneer of the Modern Movement. The venue runs regular arts themed events and is home to the popular Art Lover's Cafe.

Reviewed By Catherine R

Wow! Great updated construction of Charles & Margaret Mackintosh’s designs! Amazing to see this building, hats off to Graham Roxburgh having the dream ! It is such an interesting building. It is however a working building not just a museum! This would suit people who love and appreciate Scottish architecture and the history of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret McDonald Mackintosh. The cafe is excellent for afternoon tea!

7. Sharmanka Kinetic TheatreVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 hidden gems in Glasgow which need to be on your must-visit list

103 Trongate | First Floor, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland +44 141 552 7080
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4.5 based on 297 reviews

Sharmanka Kinetic TheatreVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 hidden gems in Glasgow which need to be on your must-visit list

Permanent exhibition of Eduard Bersudsky's amazing kinetic sculptures. Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death. Main show (45 min)- Wed-Sun 3pm, Adults£6, conc £4, children age 4-11 - free. There are additional shows during high tourist season and school hols - please check our website for details. Full show (70 min) - Sun & Thu 7pm.(Adults £8, conc £6) Advance booking by e-mail is essential

Reviewed By Sho M

Having been recommended this artists' work years ago, and meaning forever to find the gallery and check it out but never *quite* getting round to it, I finally ended up visiting unexpectedly with 2 small children in need of entertainment when our planned activity got...MoreMany thanks for in-depth review

8. The Riverside Museum of Transport and TravelVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 great family attractions in and around Glasgow

Riverside Museum 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, Scotland +91 93123 52255
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

The Riverside Museum of Transport and TravelVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 great family attractions in and around Glasgow

2013 Winner of the European Museum of the Year. Highlights include steam trains, Glasgow trams and trolley buses, vintage cars, motorbikes and cycles including possibly the worlds oldest bicycle. There is also a Glasgow street with shops, subway station and pub. Guided tours available.

Reviewed By dilc - Liverpool

This was much better than we expected and we spent more than a couple of hours here. The cafe was good too. This was so interesting.

9. Pollok Estate and Country Park

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT, Scotland +44 141 636 6920
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4.5 based on 181 reviews

Pollok Estate and Country Park

Reviewed By davymac786 - scotland

Superb Country Park - Highland Cattle / Heavy Horses / NTS Pollok House / Police Scotland Dogs training centre ! thats the lowlights - highlights are simply that this place is Heaven in Scotlands Biggest City !!

10. Celtic Park

1524 London Road, Glasgow G31 4QA, Scotland +44 871 226 1888
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4.5 based on 857 reviews

Celtic Park

Reviewed By tonyk229 - Peterborough, United Kingdom

Booked tickets to take my two sons rto see The Europa League Game against Zenit St Petersburg Fantastic night Great atmosphere and lovely fans and staff Topped off with a win for Celtic

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