Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow's famous Mackintosh House was the home of legendary Scottish husband and wife artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Upon walking into the home, which was built in 1906, you could be forgiven for thinking you'd just stepped into an ultramodern penthouse. A true design touchstone and over a century ahead of its time, this site is a must-visit.
The history of Glasgow Cathedral is tied to that of the city itself. Supposedly built on the site where St Mungo founded the city of Glasgow, the cathedral was constructed in the late 1200s, just prior to the Scottish Reformation period. It remains an active site of Christian worship today and is one of the city's most popular tourist destinations.
Glasgow - Glasgow Cathedral
For those who love history and nature, there's no better combination than the People's Palace and Winter Gardens. A combination of museum and greenhouse, the site serves as a repository of the city's social history from 1755 to the present. There's no better way to immerse yourself in Glasgow's more modern history than by visiting this attraction.
Glasgow - Peoples Palace
Glasgow City Chambers
Constructed in the 1800s, the Glasgow City Chambers still operate as the seat of local government to this day. A historically sacred site, the City Chambers mark the moment Glasgow recognised its destiny as a global city. Tours are run daily and give an insight into the construction and artistry involved in the building and its goings on.
Glasgow - City Chambers
Celtic Park is the home stadium of Glasgow's Scotland Premiership League football team, Celtic F.C. With 60,000 seats, Celtic Park is one of the best places in the city to take in some football among a crowd of people who love the beautiful game most. Make sure you attend a game against Glasgow's other major football team and Celtic's fiercest rivals, Rangers F.C.
Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow
Housed within a former Neoclassical townhouse from 1776, the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (GoMA) is home to many hundreds of modern artworks by local artists. GoMA is also notable for its statue of the Duke of Wellington, which typically has a traffic cone perched at a jaunty angle on its head. Nobody knows who puts them there, and the cones are frequently removed, but it's a cheeky reminder that Glaswegians have little patience for authority figures.
Glasgow - Gallery of Modern Art
Glasgow School of Art
One of the finest art and design schools anywhere in the world, the Glasgow School of Art was designed by noted local artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The building, which opened in 1897 and remains in operation today, is widely regarded as Mackintosh's masterpiece. Tours and exhibitions run regularly.
Glasgow - School of Art
One of the newest buildings in the city and located in the Glasgow Harbour district, the Riverside Museum is the current home of the Glasgow Museum of Transport. The complex also boasts numerous works by renowned Scottish artists. Exploring the museum is a delightful way to spend an afternoon in the Harbour district.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Located on Argyle Street, adjacent to Kelvingrove Park, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery has an astounding 22 galleries with different themes, boasting 8,000 pieces. This state-of-the-art gallery is one of the most popular in the entire United Kingdom, so turning up early or going later in the afternoon is a good idea if you're keen to avoid the crowds.
Glasgow - Kelvingrove Art Gallery
St Mungo Museum
Found in the East End, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is an entire building dedicated to not only Scotland's primary religions, but also the history of all of the world's most significant structures of belief. It has hundreds of different pieces and offers a lovely, introspective way to spend time in the city's east.
Glasgow - St Mungo Museum