Glasgow (Scotland): what to see


Things to see in Glasgow, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including George Square, St Mungo Cathedral and Science Museum.

Tourist information

Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, home to an ancient university, one of the most famous in Britain.

Glasgow presents a varied architecture with examples of Victorian, Neo Gothic, Art Nouveau style by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, famous architect 1868-1928, who left several works in this city having been born and raised there, and modern style.

George Square is an extensive rectangular square located in the center of Glasgow.

The Bank of Scotland and City Chambers overlook it, along with other historic Victorian buildings.

In this square there are also many statues that reproduce famous people, including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Robert Burns the poet.

It is also used for events, parties and musical concerts.

The Cathedral of Sant'Andrea is an impressive recently restored Gothic-style building and characterized by two overlapping churches, the lower one being the oldest, dating back to 1100.

St Mungo Cathedral is an active Christian congregation of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow.

Erected before the Reformation, after the twelfth century, as the seat of the bishop first and then of the archbishop of Glasgow, the building is considered an excellent example of Scottish Gothic architecture, as well as one of the few medieval Scottish churches.

Provands Lordship, located a few meters from the Cathedral, is the oldest medieval house, built in 1471 by the then Bishop of Glasgow, Andrew Muirhead, as part of St Nicola's Hospital.

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At the rear of the building is the St Nicholas Garden, built at the end of the last century, where medical herbs are grown.

What see

Pollok House, located on the outskirts of Pollok Country Park, in the south of the city, has been the home of the Maxwell family since the second half of the thirteenth century.

Today it is a museum where collections of Spanish art, antique furniture, silverware and ceramics are kept, and it is also home to an important library.

The Glasgow Science Center, a science museum, is located on the banks of the River Clyde.

Building with futuristic shapes, built in steel, glass and titanium, it was conceived with the aim of better helping to understand scientific concepts with the help of exhibitions and large screens with which to interact.

The IMAX Cinema and Glasgow Tower, a tower rotating on itself, from whose top you can see a breathtaking panorama, are worth a visit.

Other museums to visit are the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow school of art and Peoples Palace.

West End, easily accessible by subway, is one of the most popular areas of the city, where Glasgow University is located, an ancient university founded in 1451.

It houses the Modern Art Gallery, the Kelvingrove Museum, the Hunterian Museum and the Transport Museum, and is also appreciated for its renowned venues including exclusive restaurants, bars and clubs.

In the month of June in West End the homonymous festival takes place which consists of music concerts, theatrical performances and conferences.

The Clyde Auditorium, built by Norman Foster, as a place to hold concerts and public interest events, is located on the bank of the River Clyde.

Princes Square is a lively Art Nouveau-style shopping mall.

Other things to do in Glasgow include a walk in the center, where there are various clubs and shops, and a visit to the nearby town of Paisley, famous for the twelfth century Abbey.

20 Things to do in Glasgow, Scotland Travel Guide (December 2023)

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