Our favourite things to do in Glasgow

written by Rough Guides Editors

updated 9.11.2020

Set on the banks of the mighty River Clyde, this former industrial giant can seem less than enticing as you approach. However, after a little time exploring visitors will find a city that is, in its own idiosyncratic way, a cultured and dynamic place well worth getting to know. Taken from the Rough Guides Snapshot Glasgow, here are six of our favourite things to do in Glasgow:

Necropolis: an elegantly crumbling graveyard on a city centre hill behind the ancient cathedral, with great views.


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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: a splendid civic collection of art and artefacts in a Gothic red-sandstone palace in the city’s lively West End.

Clydeside: the river that made Glasgow. Walk or cycle along it, take a boat on it, cross a bridge over it, or get a view of it from the new Riverside Museum.


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Burrell Collection: an inspired and eclectic art collection displayed in a harmonious purpose-built museum in Pollok Park.

“Glesga” nightlife: sample the glamour and the grit with cocktails at the Rogano followed by a pint of heavy at the Horseshoe Bar.

New Lanark: a fascinating eighteenth century planned mill village set in a dramatic gorge.

Explore more of Glasgow with the Rough Guides Snapshot Glasgow. Book hostels for your trip, and don't forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.

Rough Guides Editors

written by Rough Guides Editors

updated 9.11.2020

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