Top Tourist Attractions in Glasgow

There are many sights to see and things to do in Glasgow, accommodating all kinds of interests and hobbies. Check out this guide to some of the top tourist attractions in Glasgow for inspiration for what to do on your next trip…

Glasgow Cathedral

It is also referred to as High Kirk of Glasgow or St Mungo’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built before the Reformation movement from 12th century and served as the seat of the Bishop as well as Archbishop of Glasgow. Its impressive and stunning architecture make it a major tourist attraction. This is the only medieval church that survived the Reformation and remained intact. Glasgow cathedral is linked with the history of the city since it is said to have been built where Saint Mungo had his church, his tomb is in the lower crypt. Admission is free and it is open all year round.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The gallery is located on Argyle Street towards the western end of the city on the banks of River Kelvin. Sir John Simpson and E.J Milner designed the Kelvingrove gallery which was opened in 1901.Its design borrow heavily from Spanish Baroque style with hints of traditions from Glaswegian of using Dumfriesshire red sandstone. It includes a whole architectural program by Francis Derwent Wood and George Frampton. The central hall has a centerpiece which is a huge Pipe Organ installed by Lewis &Co. Kelvingrove museum houses a vast collection of ancient firearms, paintings, Scottish arms, medieval swords clothing and furniture. Entry into the museum is free.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens & Kibbe palace

Glasgow botanic gardens serve as a public park and Arboretum located towards the western end of the city. The Glasgow gardens were established in 1817 and managed by the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow. The initial intention of establishing the gardens was to supply the University of Glasgow .Originally the gardens used to host concerts as well as other events; in 1891 the botanic gardens were incorporated into the Gardens and Parks of the city.Kibbe palace is a wrought iron framed glasshouse which covers 2137 m2. It was designed by John Kibbe for his home at Coulport in 1860.Later it was brought to the botanic gardens through River Clyde by barge and fully erected on current location in 1873.Initially it was used as a venue for concerts but later used for growing plants from 1880s.A statue was added in 1920s to “King Robert of Sicily” from the works of Longfellow sculpted by George Henry Paulin, entry into the gardens is free.

The Burrel Collection

This art collection place located in Pollock Country Park boasts of a vast range of beautiful objects collected from all over the world. It was acquired by Sir William Burrel, an influential and wealthy shipping magnate who gifted it to the city of Glasgow in 1944.The Burrel collection first opened its doors in 1983 and houses more than 9,000 magnificent items which range from Chinese to medieval art as well as items from ancient civilizations. No entry fee is charged.

Glasgow Science Centre

It is a great tourist attraction located on the bank of River Clyde in Glasgow. The science centre consists of 3 buildings namely the IMAX cinema, Glasgow tower and Science Mall. The IMAX cinema offers wholesome entertainment for all family members while the Science Mall has three floors full of learning exhibits. On the other hand the Glasgow Tower which measures 127 meters tall provides visitors with an eye view of the city. Entry is charged at £9.95 per adult.

This article was written by Ross who is a freelance travel blogger who writes at and loves glasgow

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