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Things to do in Glasgow

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Welcome to Glasgow

The edgier cousin of elegant Edinburgh, Glasgow has grown in recent decades to become one of Scotland’s most captivating cities. The grand Victorian architecture stands as testament to the wealth created by manufacturing and trade in the 19th century; and the contemporary bar, live-music, and restaurant scene brings travelers from far and wide. Get to know the city by taking a private walking or minibus tour to famous landmarks such as 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Templeton on the Green; or enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus service. Tours may include a stop at the pedestrian-only Buchanan Street, or a respite in the historic George Square. Using Glasgow as a base, explore Scotland on single or multi-day guided tours. Journey to Edinburgh—home to UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures including Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile—and hear its history on a private minibus tour. Or travel deep into the Scottish Highlands, where you can take in the serene Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, ancient fortifications such as Alnwick Castle and Stirling Castle, and the rugged wilderness of Glencoe. Bold adventurers looking to clock up the miles can travel out to the Isle of Skye for a multi-day small-group tour or the remote Orkney Isles, where sweeping green landscapes await. And if you’re looking to wet your whistle with a traditional Scottish whisky, a Highlands distillery tour can satisfy that thirst.

Top 10 attractions in Glasgow

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Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park

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Stretching over 1,500 square miles, Cairngorms National Park is a popular destination for mountain bikers, nature lovers, sea kayakers, and hikers. The park has been named one of the world’s Last Great Places by National Geographic and is the perfect place to enjoy Scotland’s renowned wild landscapes of granite mountains and deep lochs.More
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George Square

George Square

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Dwarfed by haughty buildings on all sides and surrounded by statues of great Scots, George Square makes sense of poet John Betjeman’s claim that Glasgow is “the greatest Victorian city in the world.”Named after King George III and built in 1781, George Square began life as little more than a muddy hollow used for slaughtering horses. Today, it’s surrounded by some of grandest buildings in the city, not least the imposing Glasgow City Chambers on the east side.To Glaswegians, George Square is the city’s cultural center. Hosting concerts and events throughout the year, it comes alive during winter, when children skate around the ice rink and parents enjoy mulled wine at the Christmas market. In summer, George Square is a good place to find a bench and watch the world go by.George Square leads to Glasgow’s famous shopping streets in the Style Mile, as well as the ritzy Merchant City district. Glasgow’s main tourist information office sits on the south side, and sightseeing buses begin their journeys here, making this a handy place to get oriented with the city.More
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Housed inside a striking sandstone Victorian edifice, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most-visited cultural attractions. Works by Dali, Botticelli, and Monet are counted among its collection, alongside more eclectic items such as a taxidermy elephant, a Spitfire airplane, and a magnificent Lewis pipe organ.More
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Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

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Dating back to medieval times, Glasgow Cathedral is the only medieval cathedral on Scotland’s mainland to have survived the Reformation almost fully intact. A magnificent Gothic construction, it features stained-glass windows, a 15th-century stone choir screen, and the tomb of St. Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.More
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Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne Distillery

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When in Scotland, you don’t have to head to the Highlands for a taste of good whisky—you don’t even have to leave the Lowlands. The historic Glengoyne Distillery dates back to 1833 and is renowned for its award-winning malt whiskies, distilled at a third of the usual rate and matured in sherry oak casks.More
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Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street

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Sweeping through the heart of the Style Mile in Glasgow city center, Buchanan Street hosts some of Scotland’s best shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes.A hodgepodge of high street and designer names tucked inside some of Glasgow’s grandest Victorian buildings, Buchanan Street is especially busy on Saturdays, when the young and glamorous hunt out new fashions and street performers entertain the crowds.At the north end is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall, which hosts more than 90 brand-name stores. Toward the southern end, the refined Art Nouveau atmosphere and designer goods of Princes Square draw ladies who lunch. One of the most upmarket retail streets in the United Kingdom, Buchanan Street is also home to the flagship House of Fraser department store, which boasts Scotland’s largest beauty hall and is conveniently located right across the street from Princes Square.Fans of the late Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh will love Buchanan Street’s Willow Tea Rooms, replete with the iconic designer’s signature high-backed chairs. Look out for Nelson Mandela Place as you shop ‘til you drop; in 1986, the handsome square was named after Mandela in protest of his imprisonment by the South African Apartheid regime.More
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Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

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A vast landscape of hills and mountains, lush valleys, mist-shrouded lochs, and shady woodland trails, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park makes an easy rural retreat from Scotland’s biggest city. Located just north of Glasgow, the park also serves as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.More
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People's Palace & Winter Gardens

People's Palace & Winter Gardens

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Set within the city’s oldest park, historic Glasgow Green, the fascinating People’s Palace documents the social history of Glasgow, recounting tales of city life from 1750 through to the 20th century. Adjoining the red sandstone Victorian museum building is the Winter Gardens, a Victorian-era greenhouse packed with tropical plants.More
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Merchant City

Merchant City

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A historic quarter in central Glasgow, Merchant City has a vibrant atmosphere thanks to trendy bars and restaurants, boutique hotels, and designer shopping. Extending from Merchant Square to Royal Exchange Square, this district is popular for a city stroll or people watching at a sidewalk cafe. It’s also home to the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).More
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Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

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Though the pedimented and pillared Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) building is very much classical, the collection of challenging contemporary artworks contained within it are anything but. The gallery’s art collection spans the 1950s to the present day, with artists including David Hockney, David Shrigley, and Andy Warhol all represented.More

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Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Glasgow

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Nice drive around the city
jluv65, Jan 2020
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Given Jan 2nd is a banking holiday in Scotland which I did not know when booking this tour, all the attractions were closed but it was nice to see where everything was and listen to the commentary on Glasgow's significant locations, I was even able t
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Fun way to see Glasgow
teresajablonski, Nov 2019
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
great way to see the city in one day, the audio was very informative and we stopped at many sights especially Glasgow Cathedral, Get an early start as there are many stops to see.
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Great tour!
Passport761861, Sep 2019
Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
I was only in Scotland for a couple of days, so I took this tour to see some of the sights outside of Glasgow.
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Good tour.
wing l, Jun 2019
Glasgow (Greenock) Shore Excursion: Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Highlands
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs were not very good attractions for us.
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T T, Oct 2019
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Good way to see the main attractions in Glasgow.
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Great Historic tour!
GoPlaces42656272025, Mar 2019
3-Hour Private Glasgow Essentials Tour
We walked to all the major attractions and she let us take our time per place.
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Mountains, lakes and towns near Glasgow
haroldcarlson, Oct 2018
Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Day-long van excursion to visit the countryside and a couple of picturesque towns near Glasgow.
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Hop-on Glasgow
JanG834, Sep 2019
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great way to see the highlights of Glasgow.
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Our guide Nicola was so charming and...
Kimberl R, May 2015
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Our guide Nicola was so charming and she made me fall in love with Scotland and especially Glasgow again.
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The weather was great on our day of...
pug, Jun 2013
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Great tour to see the highlands for travellers with short stay in Glasgow.
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Camera at the ready..
GrandTour38824302064, Jun 2019
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
What a brilliant way to see Glasgow.
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Our guide was interesting, friendly...
John P, Jul 2017
Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
This is a great tour to see a variety of beautiful and scenic locations in the Highlands north of Glasgow.
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Great tour and such a nice day...
Leslie T, Feb 2018
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Highly recommend getting out of Glasgow to see the countryside.
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Highly recommended. One way to see...
GLENDA DELGADO L, May 2018
Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh
One way to see the outskirt of Glasgow - Culross, Falkland Village, St.
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The trip was wonderful but with some...
Lei W, Jul 2017
3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow
No matter how many movies or internet images, it never beats to see with your own eyes.
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We really enjoyed this tour to the...
Johanne G, Jun 2017
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Glasgow
Ian our driver/guide was very, very knowledgeable of scotland history and of the sites we stopped to visit as well as of those we went through.
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Great Way to Sightseeing
carabella2, May 2019
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The best way to get around and view Glasgow the go round again and hop-on-off to visit places of interest.
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This tour was amazing! Loved all the...
Judy A M, Jul 2017
3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow
My only negative was that our driver drove incredibly fast through the mountains taking the turns so fast you would fall out of your seat/hit the roof of the bus with your head when you went over any type of bump in the road.
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I ventured on this tour with my...
Anne H, Sep 2016
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
We then had a brief stop to see some hairy coos which was a nice break up of the drive.
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Nice shore excursion. Stirling...
Chas M, Aug 2016
Glasgow (Greenock) Shore Excursion: Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Highlands
Love to see the country side with rolling hills and lakes Loch No problem to find the coach bus outside the gate after we got off the ship.

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