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Our favourite things to do in Glasgow

By wizu | 16 October 2022

What do we enjoy doing when we’re out and about in Glasgow? There’s plenty to see and do here, so we’ve created a list of some of our favourite things to do in this beautiful city. First, we’ll start with some facts about Glasgow and then share our favourite things to do!


Interesting Facts About the City of Glasgow

Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907, making this the largest city in Scotland. And it’s the fifth most visited city in the UK. It’s no wonder when you consider all the fun things to see and do here.

Another interesting fact is that the city is home to trees older than the dinosaurs. You’ll find these trees at Fossil Grove in Victoria Park. There are 11 fossilised tree stumps here that date back to the Carboniferous Period. That means these trees are 330 million years old! The trees were discovered during an excavation in 1887. Scientists believe these were Lepidodendron trees that grew in something like a swamp when they were alive. The climate of Scotland was much different back then!

The city was founded by Saint Mugo, who is the patron saint of salmon. This is the story that’s been passed down for many years. However, there were even older settlements in the area dating from the time of the Romans. But the saint built a missionary settlement in Glasgow, though the place was a small village at the time.

Glasgow’s City Chambers are said to contain more marble than the Vatican! Having seen the Vatican, that’s a lot of marble! The building was built in the 19th century and contains marble staircases and beautiful chambers of the same material. The place is dazzling, and we highly suggest a visit so you can see what we mean.

One last interesting fact about Glasgow is that it is home to the remains of St. Valentine. That’s pretty surprising. The relics (bones) of St. Valentine can be found at the Church of Blessed Sat. John Duns Scotus. They’re kept in a small wooden box, which was part of a donation to the Franciscan church in 1868.

Now that you’ve learned some interesting facts about the city, we’ll share our list of favourite things to do in Glasgow!


Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens are something to behold. They were originally created in 1941 as part of the University of Glasgow. However, the city bought the gardens in 1891.

In 1873, the garden’s Kibble Palace was built, followed by the Main Raine teak glasshouse. Both of these buildings are beautiful and filled with exotic plants that are a must-see.

You’ll also find some beautiful trails to walk, where you can find additional gardens and grounds.


Finnieston Crane & the Clyde

The Finnieston Crane is part of the city’s old shipyards. The giant cantilever crane is no longer functional; however, it’s been retained and made into a masterpiece of the city’s engineering history.

You’ll also find other amazing landmarks along the Clyde, including several bridges and tourist attractions: the St. Andrews Footbridge, Kingston Motorway Bridge, the Tradeston Bridge, Bells Bridge, Millennium Bridge, and the Clyde Arc.

Spend time walking along the river to take in these and other sites. We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed!


Stop at the Glaswegian Drygate Brewery

The Glaswegian Drygate Brewery is a micro-brewery, beer hall, and restaurant. The place features a beer hall with big screens that allow you to take in the latest sports. They also feature music and comedy events, and you can enjoy a brew out on their terrace.

The brewery also offers tours so you can see the works!

Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis are a part of the city’s rich past. Here, you’ll find a stunning medieval cathedral, which is thought to be the site of St. Kentigern’s tomb. This is the only structure of this type that survived the Reformation of 1560 intact. So, it’s Glasgow’s oldest mainland cathedral and the oldest building in the entire city. It was built in the 1100s.

Just to the east of the cathedral, you’ll find the Necropolis. The Necropolis is a 37-acre Victorian cemetery that was established in 1832. The cemetery was modelled after the famous Pere-Lachaise in Paris. It’s thought it holds over 50,000 burials, with about 3,500 tombs on its grounds.

You’ll find some tombs of many famous people, beautiful statues, and more. It’s well worth a visit to see both the Necropolis and the cathedral.


The Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum

The Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum is Scotland’s oldest public museum with one of the largest collections. The museum was founded in 1807 and is dedicated to Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter FRS (1718-1783). He donated his collections to the University of Glasgow when he died.

Here,  you’ll find paintings by James McNeill Whistler, Charles Rennie Macintosh, and more. The museum also contains many scientific and historical artefacts.


The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a visitor centre and exhibition space which also hosts events right in the heart of the city. The Lighthouse promotes design and architecture through its exhibitions and events. On Level One, you’ll find Gallery One and Review Gallery spaces, which host changing exhibitions and events that focus on design and architecture in modern lives.

Level Two hosts Architecture and Design Scotland’s Sustainable Building Materials Library, where you can explore and learn about a wide variety of sustainable building materials.

Once you’re finished viewing the exhibitions, why not head over to the Doocot café? There you’ll find some great food and a place to rest and re-energise!


The Glasgow Science Centre

If you’re interested in science, this is a must-see. The centre includes a planetarium, cinema, galleries, and more. You’ll also find two cafes and a gift shop to buy gifts for loved ones.

While you’re there, be sure to take in the revolving tower. It offers views of the city from 417 ft up!


Summing It Up

So, there you have it! These are a few of our favourite places to visit in Glasgow. We hope you enjoy these places as much as we do!


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