5 Things to do in Glasgow


We had such a great experience in Glasgow on our last trip to Europe.  Often, overlooked by tourists for its more famous neighbor city, Edinburgh, Glasgow is a must-see on your next trip to Scotland.  Adjacent to the river Clyde, Glasgow has undergone a major cleanup and restoration over the past few years.  In the past, it was seen as a dirty and industrial city, with little to offer tourists, however, we found that it was actually cleaner than Edinburgh and we found a variety of things to in Glasgow.  Here is a short list of our top 5!

1. Riverside Transportation Museum The Riverside Transportation Museum is located right on the River Clyde.  It is a beautiful location and a spectacular building and the contents of the museum are well worth a visit. 

Scotland - Riverside Museum

The museum contains a huge variety of the many forms of transportation over the years, including many cars, boats, bicycles and even some street cars/subways! 

Scotland - Riverside Museum

Scotland - Riverside Museum

It could take a full day just to get around to all the different exhibits.  Entry into the museum is free, so it is a wonderful deal!

2. Glasgow Cathedral The first church built in this location was dedicated in 1136 and the current building was built in 1197.  The building has been standing and in use for more than 800 years, making it one of the oldest standing churches in Great Britain.  The church also contains a more modern twist as well.  The church has an amazing collection of post-war stained glass windows that are worth seeing.  The outside of the Cathedral is one of the best examples of gothic architecture we have seen. 

Scotland - Glasgow Cathedral

While touring the Glasgow Cathedral, be sure to include a walk up to the Necropolis.  This is on the grounds overlooking the Glasgow Cathedral.  It contains some of the most elaborate tombs anywhere in Europe.  Some of the most famous historical figures of Scotland are located in this Necropolis.  It is worth a tour around to see some of these great sights.  This also provides some of the best views that can be found in the city.

Scotland - Glasgow Cathedral Necropolis

3. Glasgow University Walking into the Glasgow University feels a lot like walking into Hogwarts in the famous Harry Potter Book Series by J. K. Rowling.  The gothic architecture is quite the sight to see.  It is one of the earliest universities in Britain and it is still functioning as a university to this day.  Perched up above the Kelvingrove Park area and the rest of Glasgow further below, it seems like the perfect location to study after high school!  While there, it is a great idea to visit the Huntarian Museum and Art Gallery, which contains some fascinating artifacts. 

Scotland -Glasgow University

4. A play, a pie and a pint Oran Mor is a pub that was opened in 2004 inside the former Kelvinside Parish Church.  It is a great setting for a drink inside or out on the patio.  However, the best experience in the pub is “A Play, a pie and a pint.”  This is a lunchtime theater show that involves, surprise, watching a show while getting a lunch meal of meat pie and a pint of beer.  It is supposed to be well worth a visit.  Be sure to check into it before going there, as there are times during the year when it is not running.

Scotland - Oran Mor

5. Checking out a Scottish Pub It is a part of the culture in the United Kingdom to go to a pub after work or in the early evening.  Any neighbourhood pub will be packed between 4pm and 7pm, as locals unwind after a long day at work.  Make sure to check it out to get a good feeling of what British culture is all about!  Most pubs have very good food; so getting dinner while you are there is a great option.  Some good choices are Blackfriars, Scotia Bar or the Old College Bar.


Those are our top 5 things to do in Glasgow!  We highly recommend this city and hope to return soon. 

Have you been to Glasgow?  What would you recommend seeing while there?


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