Things to Do in Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying 8000 objects. The collections at Kelvingrove are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. They include natural history, arms and armour, art from many movements and periods of history and much more.  

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Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Situated in the heart of the city in Royal Exchange Square, the Gallery of Modern Art celebrates contemporary art in the city with four galleries, a café and library. This stunning building has a long history as a mansion, bank and exchange for the city. 

Entry into the building is free and delegates may also wish to visit the GoMA shop for a range of unique Glasgow souvenirs.

Gallery of Modern Art

Glasgow Art Mural Trail

The Glasgow Art Mural Trail is a great way to explore the city.

Download the following trail map and experience the diverse range of art within easy walking distance of the city centre. The huge range of artwork on display has something to suit all tastes - conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre. 

https://www.citycentremuraltrail.co.uk/

Glasgow Art Mural Trail

Mackintosh at the Willow

These famous Tea Rooms first opened in 1903 and are of huge importance to Glasgow's architectural and cultural heritage. The only surviving Tea Rooms designed by world renowned artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur and patron Miss Kate Cranston, the venue has been lovingly restored and reopened in 2018 as a social enterprise.

Visitors can now enjoy the tea rooms, as well as the interactive exhibition detailing the history of the team rooms, the story of Kate Cranston and the works of Mackintosh.

Mackintosh at the Willow

Emirates & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome has capacity for 2,000 seats and 500 standing spectators, which was increased to 4,000 seats for the Commonwealth Games. The 250m track, designed by one of the foremost track designers Ralph Shuermann, plays host to one of Scotland’s most high-octane sports. Named for Sir Chris Hoy, Team GB's most successful Olympic gold-medallist and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion, the track itself is sure to cement his legacy and thrive as the home of Scottish cycling. 

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Glasgow Cathedral

This medieval cathedral is thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb and marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow. One of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.

Glasgow Cathedral

City Sightseeing Glasgow

City Sightseeing Glasgow runs fully guided, open-top bus tours of Glasgow allowing visitors to discover the city and hop-on and off at 28 stops around the city. The Sightseeing tour offers visitors a brilliant way to discover the city and all its wonderful history and culture. Choose between a knowledgeable live guide or our recorded commentary featuring historian Neil Oliver and sit back and enjoy the tour.

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Scottish Football Museum

The Scottish Football Museum has established itself as a "must see" for football fans from all over the globe. If you think you know the history, then think again. The Scottish Football Museum will take you on a football journey the like of which you have never been on before. Based within Hampden Park, the Museum provides a wonderful day out for fans of the great game.

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Auchentoshan Distillery

Established in 1823, Auchentoshan Distillery is on the mainland of Scotland, situated on the A82 between Glasgow and Loch Lomond. Auchentoshan, meaning 'corner of the field', produces a delicate, smooth and light single malt whisky. The subtle aroma and flavour of its spirit is achieved by the unique triple distillation process, whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, distilled three times producing even greater refinement to its character. 

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Clydeside Distillery

Situated within the historic Pumphouse building on the banks of the River Clyde. The recently opened Clydeside Distillery offers visitors a glimpse into the history of the docks in Glasgow, as well as a chance to find out how whisky is made, with tours every hour throughout the day. Sample a dram of whisky, relax in the café and find some whisky souvenirs to take home, including the option to label your own bottle.

Clydeside Distillery

Merchant Square 

Merchant Square is situated in the heart of Merchant City and is its eating and drinking hub. The Square is home to a fine selection of bars and restaurants and has a stunning covered courtyard with seating areas which are great for people watching and relaxing. Every Saturday and Sunday, Merchant Square hosts a craft and design fair, showcasing unique, handmade work from some of the city's best crafters.

The Tall Ship at Riverside

The Tall Ship is an independent museum committed to the preservation and interpretation of the Glenlee and the maritime history of the area for the benefit of local people and visitors to Glasgow. Restored to her former glory, the Glenlee is one of only five remaining Clyde-built sailing ships still afloat in the world. A visit takes you back in time to experience what life was like on the high seas. Visit the galley, take the wheel, and explore the cargo hold and discover what life was really like aboard a tall ship.

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