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How to Spend 1 Day in Glasgow

How to Spend 1 Day in Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city has long been overlooked in favor of its more genteel neighbor, Edinburgh. But recent years have seen a dizzying transformation, and the onetime industrial powerhouse has quickly emerged as one of Britain’s most interesting cities. With its stately architecture, impressive museums and galleries, and great restaurants, there’s plenty to fill a day, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Glasgow.

Morning: See the Sights

Glasgow’s atmospheric streets, lined with interesting architectural gems, make the city a pleasure to explore on foot, so start your day with a guided walking tour of the main sights. Private and group walking tours take you to such top attractions as George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, and the People’s Palace. Bicycle tours, on the other hand, head off the beaten path along canal towpaths and cycle lanes. Alternatively, booking a hop-on hop-off bus tour allows you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and spend as much time at each of the stops as you wish.

Afternoon: Sample Some Scotch

Scotch whisky is world renowned, and Glasgow is home to some of Scotland’s best whisky bars and pubs, so join a guided tour that takes you to a handful of different bars across the city. In a small group, you’ll visit bars missed by most visitors, sample a variety of single-malt whiskies, and learn about whisky-making, popular Scottish distilleries, Glasgow drinking culture, and whisky’s role in the history of the city. Some tours are focused on the West End, while others take place throughout the city center.

Night: Check Out the Dining Scene

Finnieston, between the West End and city center, is Glasgow’s hottest foodie neighborhood, filled with top-class dining. The area’s numerous restaurants serve everything from contemporary Scottish cuisine to tapas, seafood, steak, and curries. Head down there and take your pick among the numerous eateries and cocktail bars clustered around “the strip” on Argyle Street. Alternatively, you can combine dinner with a unique form of sightseeing aboard a classic red 1966 double-decker Routemaster bus on a dinner tour that includes a gourmet burger and drink, enjoyed as you experience the streets of Glasgow by night.

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City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go Glasgow sightseeing by open-top double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary and hop off at several strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow. Bus tickets are valid for one or two consecutive calendar days.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$21.66
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US$21.66
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Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour

Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour

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With just one day in Glasgow, a private tour will ensure you check off all the highlights without feeling rushed by a fixed tour itinerary. On this half-day tour, see the People’s Palace, GoMA, and the Necropolis; admire landmarks such as the Glasgow Cathedral, the Duke of Wellington statue, and Mercat Cross; and get a taste of local life as you stroll around George Square, Glasgow Green, and Buchanan street.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$251.89
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3-Hour Private Glasgow Essentials Tour

3-Hour Private Glasgow Essentials Tour

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With limited time to spare, this private 3-hour tour ensures you check off the highlights and maximize your time with a customized itinerary. Admire landmarks such as Glasgow Cathedral, GoMA, and the Duke of Wellington statue; hop out to explore Glasgow Green and George Square; and browse the shops at Merchant City.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$215.26
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US$215.26
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Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Glasgow with a city center walking tour. Visit top landmarks such as George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, and the People’s Palace. The itinerary also includes off the beaten path attractions like the Barrowlands Walkway. Learn about Glasgow’s history and culture from a local guide and get recommendations for what to see and do in the city after the tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$14.22
Price varies by group size
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