What to see and do in Glasgow

Glasgow is one of Europe’s most exciting cities boasting a vibrant social scene combined with a rich heritage and history, plenty of green spaces and beating heart at its very core that sets it apart from anywhere else in the world.

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is renowned for its culture – but it is the friendliness of its people that sets it apart. And whatever you do and wherever you go in Glasgow, it is our people you will remember most when you leave.

Energetic and stylish, Glasgow offers a heady mix of world-famous museums and galleries, stunning architecture, buzzing nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.

Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and a legendary music reputation that sees the city hosts an average of 130 music events each week across a variety of venues.

No matter when you arrive in Glasgow you’ll find live performances, festivals, exhibitions, sporting fixtures and entertainment – 52 weeks of the year!

For the latest Glasgow city events click here

Places to stay

From large international hotels, stylish boutique hotels and budget hotels to smaller, family-friendly hotels, guest houses, B&Bs (bed and breakfast), student hostels, serviced apartments and quiet hideaways, you’ll find the perfect place to stay in and around Glasgow.

Glasgow boasts over 11,000 hotels, including global names like Hilton, Holiday Inn and Radisson Blu. But the city is also home to contemporary hotels such as Blythswood Square, Hotel Indigo, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin.

And outside the city you will find peace and tranquillity on the shores of Loch Lomond – the 5-star Cameron House, for example – which is just 30 minutes’ drive from Glasgow Airport, or one of the many log cabins available for rent. The luxury Mar Hall golf and spa resort is even closer – just 10 minutes’ drive.

Whatever your requirements and budget, there’s somewhere for you in and around Glasgow.

Places to eat

Eating out and exploring the bars and restaurants plays a big part in any visit to a city and here in Glasgow we have a vast array of award-winning establishments offering not just Scottish and local cuisine but tastes from around the world.

If you want to experience traditional Scottish dishes such as haggis, you won’t be disappointed. But our eclectic mix of restaurants also specialise in sushi, tapas, Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisine as well as French, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Mongolian dishes. Whatever you choose, you’ll be spoiled for choice – and you’ll experience the warm welcome that Glasgow is famous for the world over.

Places to see

You’ll never be short on inspiration in Glasgow! From our city’s amazing galleries and museums, our impressive architecture, world-famous Glasgow Cathedral and beautiful gardens, the only problem you’ll have is fitting all the sights and sounds of the city into your trip.

Glaswegians are very proud of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, located close to the city centre and home to an astonishing 8000 objects in its themed galleries. Not only is Kelvingrove among the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland, it is one of the most popular in the UK outside London!

Meanwhile, no visit to Scotland’s largest city is complete without learning more about its most famous artist and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. You can visit his most famous legacy – The Glasgow School of Art, built between 1896 and 1909 and today an internationally-acclaimed art school.

Right on Glasgow's doorstop is the stunningly beautiful Loch Lomond National Park - a must on any visit to Glasgow. 

For more ideas about what to do and see in and around Glasgow, download our tourist brochure (1.13MB PDF)

Golf

From the famous Old Course in St Andrews and 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles to The Carrick on Loch Lomond and Turnberry in Ayrshire, there is no shortage of world-class golf course near Glasgow.

In fact, Glasgow is the perfect gateway for golfers wanting to play our championship and other renowned courses all over Scotland. Wherever you’re planning to take to the greens and fairways, you’ll find it easy to get there from Glasgow – click here to plan your golfing trip in Scotland

Download our tourist brochure for further information (1.13MB PDF)

Touring Scotland

If you’re lucky enough to be spending more than just a few days in Glasgow, why not take the opportunity to explore other parts of Scotland? We can’t guarantee that the sun will shine but we can promise you stunning scenery, beautiful islands and some of the most iconic sights in the world.

From Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge and Glenfinnan Viaduct to Orkney’s preserved Stone Age village Skara Brae to the imposing Eilean Donan in the Highlands and beautiful Luskentyre beach on the west coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland has something for everyone.

And the best news of all is that it is easy to travel around ScotlandGlasgow has fantastic road and public transport links, you can fly from Glasgow Airport to many of our islands and there’s a fantastic ferry service that allows you to discover Scotland’s most remote spots.

So if you want to go island hopping, explore our castles and royal connections, marvel at our majestic coastline, stare at our scenery or simply visit another city, Scotland has it all.