What to do in Greater Glasgow

Activities, attractions and tours
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Greater Glasgow Attractions

With a thrilling blend of prestigious museums and art galleries, high-end dining and nightlife, you know when you’re approaching Glasgow, because you can almost sense the hum of activity. A compact city, Glasgow is easy to get around, which is handy because there’s a great deal to see, from beautifully-preserved architecture to stunning urban parkland. Football is a way of life here - Scotland’s two biggest teams, Rangers and Celtic, are based in Glasgow, and the rivalry between the Old Firm makes match days electric. On the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow was once the shipbuilder for the world. Now rapidly becoming known as Scotland’s cultural capital, this is a city rooted in the past but with a thoroughly modern outlook.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Greater Glasgow

City Centre - George Square, lined with statues of prominent Scottish figures such as Sir Walter Scott, dominates the city centre and is charged with activity throughout the year. The famous Style Mile has legions of shops from big-name brands to quirky independents, where if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re just not looking hard enough. Don’t miss the majestic City Chambers, without doubt one of the country’s most attractive public buildings.

East End - Glasgow’s Creative Quarter is thronged with artists’ studios, chic cafes and bars. Take a brewery tour, admire the breathtaking Glasgow Cathedral and if you can get a ticket, catch a gig at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

Finnieston - Recently awarded the honour of the hippest place to live in the UK, the Finnieston neighbourhood is almost overflowing with trendy bars and restaurants. It’s also home to Zaha Hadid’s award-winning Riverside Museum, which traces Glasgow’s path from pre-war shipbuilding powerhouse to the present day. Kids will love exploring the tall ship Glenlee, that’s moored in the harbour.

Sauchiehall Street - Another vibrant quarter, full of entertainment options whether you’re looking for lunch on the go or somewhere to dance the night away. Don’t miss the Tenement House, for a fascinating glimpse into Glasgow life at the turn of the 19th century.

Southside - One of Glasgow’s most scenic areas, Southside has a number of gorgeous parks, and is also home to the stunning Govanhill Victorian swimming baths. Football fans should make a beeline for the Hampden Experience, which explores the history of Scottish football over 2,500 exhibits in the national stadium.

Things to See in Greater Glasgow

Save your feet for the dance floor later, and take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Glasgow which will carry you to all of the city’s must-see landmarks including the cathedral, the Necropolis and St. Andrew’s Square. The top deck is open, so it makes sightseeing quite literally a breeze. From Glasgow you can also easily get into the West Highlands, with guided tours to Oban, Scotland’s seafood capital, and the breathtaking scenery of Glencoe.

Things to Do in Greater Glasgow

Get to know a couple of Scottish legends, William Wallace and Rob Roy, with a tour through Stirling and Gleneagles, that also includes a tempting whisky-tasting session at the Glenturret Distillery. Alternatively, head over to Loch Ness where although your chances of catching sight of the famous monster are somewhat limited, you’ll at least have no difficulty picking up a few amusing souvenirs to take home.

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