Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

Admire the Glasgow Cathedral’s gothic architecture and stained glass before visiting the grave of St. Mungo (Glasgow’s patron saint). Next, climb to the top of the Necropolis, a graveyard sitting next to the Cathedral with views over the city. This Victorian cemetery is the final resting place of 50,000 individuals, and has upwards of 3,500 monuments. Keep an eye out for memorials dedicated to theologian John Knox and renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

One of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and has been a cultural hotspot ever since. Take in the architecture outside before exploring the museum’s twenty-two galleries. Don’t leave without catching a glimpse of Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross painting and the restored Spitfire hanging above overhead in the West Court.

Glasgow University

Potterheads: grab your wands and head straight for Glasgow University. Locals tell tales of how J.K. Rowling based Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the university’s turrets, crypts and cloisters. Home to more than three million books which cover 12 floors, the university library is a must-see.

Barras Art and Design (BAAD)

Set in a covered courtyard and pink-steel arches in Glasgow’s East End, this is place to browse art and design shops and studios, have a tipple at the award-winning bar and, if you visit on a Sunday, explore the weekly market. For those who prefer to plan in advance, go to the BAAD website to see what events, exhibitions, games nights and concerts the venue has lined up.

The Lighthouse

Famed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this building in 1895, when it was the head offices for Glasgow newspaper The Herald. Renovated and relaunched in 1999 as The Lighthouse, it’s now Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, home to gallery spaces, events and exhibitions. The building has become a landmark in the Scottish city and a beacon for other creative industries. If design and architecture aren’t your thing, climb the suspended helical staircase to the top of the tower. Originally built as an 8000-gallon water tank, it’s now the spot to soak up some incredible views over the city.

Loch Lomond

Escape from the city for a walk around this world famous Scottish loch. Only half an hour from Glasgow, its shores are prime wandering territory while the nearby craggy Ben Lomond mountain is better suited to hikers. Keep an eye out for deer that roam the highland moors.


This contemporary arts venue is located in a former tram depot in Glasgow’s south side. With two performances spaces and two galleries, the venue promises a near-constant show of visual, performance, music, film and theatre exhibitions.

Gallery of Modern Art

Bang in the city centre, the Gallery of Modern Art displays temporary exhibitions and workshops showcasing contemporary artwork. Work your way through the four galleries and library before treating yourself to a coffee and a piece of cake at the café. However, the gallery’s most iconic feature sits outside the building. Since the 1980s it has been an unspoken tradition among Glaswegians that the statue of the first Duke of Wellington riding a horse must always have a traffic cone on his head. Every time local councils remove it, the cone reappears the next morning without fail.

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