What to see in Glasgow

Glasgow boasts a variety of sights that cater to all visitors. As you walk its lively streets, you'll come across landmarks and viewpoints that highlight the city's history and charm.

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By the Avanti Web Team

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4 min read | 8 March 2024

Glasgow is often called the modern and progressive neighbour to Edinburgh. However, despite this reputation, the city also has a rich history.

Join us as we take you on a tour of Glasgow's best views, from sweeping cityscapes to its iconic landmarks.

Find the best things to see in Glasgow

With so much to see, you might not know where to start with your sightseeing trip across Glasgow. Here are some of our choice selections in the city:

Best Glasgow viewpoints

The city’s history and range of architecture means that Hollywood seeks out filming in Glasgow often.

To find one of the most scenic spots in Glasgow, take yourself to the top of the Lighthouse. It offers visitors an observation deck that boasts clear, uninterrupted views of Glasgow's vibrant cityscape.

Not too far off, the Glasgow Science Centre Tower stands apart. As one of the few rotating towers in the world, this Glasgow landmark provides a 360-degree perspective that encompasses both the bustling city and the serene flow of the River Clyde.

For those seeking a more natural vantage point, Queens Park delivers an elevated viewpoint, ideal for a leisurely gaze over the city’s sprawling skyline.

For a more culturally rich viewpoint, you can head to Glasgow Cathedral for a tour of the oldest surviving medieval cathedral on mainland Scotland. Originating from the 13th Century, the grand gothic architecture proved a favourite filming location for Outlander TV show.

Be sure to take in the neighbouring Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian cemetery. Walk to the top of the cemetery taking in the ornate tombs and be rewarded with stunning views of the city.

Glasgow art galleries and cultural hotspots

Art thrives in Glasgow. Just stroll through the streets. Thanks to the City Mural Trails and vivid art displays, they transform into an open-air gallery. Glasgow is home to a great number of independent and public art galleries. Many are world-renowned such as Tramway, which hosted The Turner Prize in 2015

Venture indoors, and you're met with the revered Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Here, art from various movements comes together. Salvador Dali's poignant "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" is a particular highlight. Then there's the Gallery of Modern Art, or GoMA for short. A constantly evolving space, it spotlights both global and homegrown talent.

For a great experience, visit Mackintosh at the Willow on Sauchiehall Street. Here you can take in the visitor attraction that tells the story of the renowned artist and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Glasgow Style. You can also enjoy afternoon tea in the delightful tearooms, restored in meticulous detail to their former glory.

If you’re looking for a live performance, The Tron Theatre won't disappoint. It's a hub for diverse shows, echoing the city's vibrant arts culture.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow sporting venues

The Ibrox Stadium, where Glasgow Rangers F.C. play as well as Celtic Park, home of Celtic, show the strong football love in Scotland. For bike fans, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is a relatively new place, specially made for track cycling and a key part of Britain’s cycling achievements.

In addition, Hampden Park is Scotland's national football stadium, home of Scottish championship side Queen's Park. It also hosts concerts, conferences, and other events.

Glasgow museums and more

Glasgow is packed with world-class museums and the majority are free to visit.

There are spectacular spots like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum is a beautiful sandstone Victorian building, set within the stunning Kelvingrove Park. It has a vast collection covering numerous topics from Dutch masters to Dinosaurs and it is free to visit.

There’s also the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre in the Merchant City. A hidden gem created by a Russian artist who moved to Scotland, the old scrap sculptures come to life with music and lighting. These create mesmerising live performances, often described as “mechanical choreography”.

For more spots to see, there’s the Glasgow University Building, which is a great example of old-style architecture. The building showcases a part of Glasgow’s long history in its design. In a different style, the Riverside Museum shows Glasgow's modern side with its unique look.

The Glasgow City Chambers in George Square show this mix, letting visitors see Glasgow's city history next to detailed Victorian designs.

Gallery of Modern Art

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