Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland even though eastern neighbour Edinburgh is the capital.
Here is a list of some of the city’s top things to do during a visit.
Explore the different districts.
The West End of Glasgow is full of charming tiny streets, little shops, and ancient buildings. It’s the perfect place to lose yourself for an
afternoon. Bustling Shawlands on the southside is home to many independent shops, cafes and bars. The Merchant City in the city centre
is also a hotspot for bars and restaurants.
Glasgow boasts a staggeringly high density of music venues, including the Royal Concert Hall, the SECC, the Armadilloand King Tut’s
with over 100 performances each week (pre-pandemic). Glasgow has been the home of many bands over the years.
In Glasgow, street art, like some of the city’s best institutions, seems quite at home with a trail of Glasgow’s murals featuring the odd
famous local face. Don’t miss the Kelvingrove Art Galleries & Museum, which is already impressive in its own right.
There are approximately 1,800 restaurants and cafés in the city, so you won’t be hungry for long. In addition, chefs from all over the globe
are cooking in Glasgow, so choose your favourite for the evening and eat away. Alternatively, visit Glasgow in January and participate in
your own ‘Burns Night Supper.’ From fish and chips to Michelin-starred eateries, Glasgow has it all.
Because you’re in Scotland, you can be sure that whiskey is never far away. Glasgow boasts a thriving pub culture with a wide range of
great whiskies, smooth ales, and creative craft brews to choose from. Plan at least one large night out to sample some of Scotland’s best
whiskies in a gamut of local bars, from traditional pubs (try the Horseshoe Bar) to ultra modern hipster bars.
There are a variety of festivals to choose from that cover a wide range of subjects. Glasgow has something for everyone, from gay pride
to the World Pipe Band Championships. While in Glasgow, look for local listings to see some of the finest the city has to offer.
The Barras market
The Barras is a unique market located in Glasgow’s East End. Prices are so low that it’s practically a bargain. You may find virtually
everything there, from fruits and vegetables to kilts, antiques, and literature. It’s a true taste of old Glasgow and has been a fixture for
Relax in the parks
Glasgow is a beautiful green city with a name that means “Dear Green Place” with beautiful parks such as Kelvingrove Park in the heart of
the city to Queen’s Park and Pollok Park on the southside, you are never far away from a relaxing green space.
Get out to the hills & lochs
Head to the countryside once you’ve visited every nook and cranny of the city. You don’t have to go far if you love mountain biking or
hiking; Glasgow is surrounded by mountains and lochs with routes and hidden places just waiting to be found.
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