Top 10 Ways to Spend a City Break in Glasgow
Looking to take a trip to Scotland? Of course, the country offers plenty of beautiful coastlines and picturesque highlands to explore, but if it's a city break you’re looking for, look no further than Glasgow.
The city has an extremely interesting history for you to delve into, not to mention fantastic architecture and a renowned arts and culture scene, and would make for the perfect city break for friends, family, a couples trip or even a solo break.
Fun Things to Do in Glasgow
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Take a Break in the Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are one of the prettiest spots in Glasgow - this building is brimming with history, fine architecture and, of course, beautiful botany.
If you’re looking to have a wander but want to do something a little different than walking round a park, a trip to the Botanic Gardens and the Kibble Palace glasshouse is a great way to spend a day.
Be In Awe at Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
Glasgow Cathedral, dating back to 1197, and the nearby Necropolis graveyard, dating to the early 19th century, are the gothic attractions of the city. If you want to take a trip into Glasgow’s history, these two impressive sites are a must.
Take a Snap of Iconic Buildings
There are four cranes still remaining on the River Clyde, but the Finnieston Crane remains the most famous relic of the age when Glasgow’s shipyards made the city one of the most important industrial cities in the world.
Although the cranes are no longer in working order, it’s always worth a visit to any city’s most iconic buildings to learn more about its history.
Escape to the Parks
Glasgow is full of green rolling spaces to escape to including parks like Kelvingrove Park, Pollok Country Park, and the Winter Gardens.
Especially if you’re visiting Glasgow in the summertime (and not on a famously chilly Scotland day) you can spend your time relaxing in any one of these gorgeous spaces.
Hit the Pubs
When you hit this city, it's time to drink like a Glaswegian - and there’s no shortage of places to do this.
The Drygate Brewery offers a place to drink that is a little bit different - it is an ‘experiential’ micro-brewery, beer hall, and restaurant. But if you just want a good pub, make sure to check out places like The Pot Still, The Ben Nevis Bar or The Laurieston.
Stroll Around the Museums and Galleries
There really is no shortage of cultural activities in this city, and you will certainly find that your cup has run over when it comes to museums and galleries. There is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, the Riverside Museum and more.
Sing Along at Iconic Music Spots
Glasgow has had, and remains to have, a thriving music scene. Mono offers a live music scene as well as a record shop, drinking and dining - it’s a place that remains at the heart of the Glasgow music scene and, honestly, you could easily spend all day there.
But if you want to expand your knowledge of the Glasgow music scene, why not go for a musical wander with Glasgow Music City Tours - a walking tour where you can see the city’s best venues and hear stories about key music figures that have visited the city in time gone by.
Glasgow is home to great restaurants offering a range of food from all corners of the globe. Nippon Kitchen uses specialist ingredients specifically imported from Japan and local suppliers to serve the best of the best to their customers, whilst Shucks offers a taste of the fresh fish that Scotland is famous for.
If it’s Italian you're craving, try Celentano’s - the Michelin restaurant right by the cathedral. But if you want to have a real taste of Scotland, you’ve got to try the Ubiquitous Chip which gives an upmarket menu of Scottish flavours including venison haggis and Loch Melfort Sea Trout.
Relax At Glasgow Film Theatre
Glasgow was actually once one of Britain's great cinema cities (by the end of the 1940s it boasted 114 movie theatres!) and today is still home to the retro cinema Glasgow Film Theatre.
If you’re a fan of the classics or even like an indie flick and want to have a more relaxed night on your city break, this is another must.
Take In The View At Glasgow Lighthouse
Finally, to make sure you have really soaked up Glasgow, climb up The Lighthouse just off Buchanan Street. At the top of the tall, narrow, elegant flight of stairs, you can climb up to the beacon of the Lighthouse and get a fantastic birds-eye view of this historical city.