A first-timer’s guide to visiting Glasgow

Have you got the travel bug? Or perhaps you simply can’t wait for your next weekend away? Maybe you are slowly making your way around popular cities in Scotland and are not sure where to visit next? If you have explored everything that Edinburgh has to offer, why not hop on a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street to discover another spectacular city in this beautiful part of the UK?

Museums of Glasgow
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Glasgow is a welcoming, vibrant city that draws creatives in every year. From its free attractions and eclectic architecture to its retail outlets and sporting events, there truly is something for everyone in this cultural epicentre. If you’ve never been, allow us to help. Here is your guide to visiting Glasgow for the first time.

Check out the museums and art galleries

With over twenty fantastic museums and galleries, Glasgow boasts Europe’s largest civic art collection, with works by Monet and Van Gogh all available to view. Named as the UK’s top cultural and creative city in 2019, individuals can get lost amongst contemporary and traditional art, as well as everything in between. One of the most popular museums amongst residents and visitors alike is the Kelvingrove Museum – boasting stunning architecture and family-friendly environment, it’s a must-see. From exhibitions to organ recitals, don’t be surprised if a visit here takes up a whole day!

Another interesting museum is the Riverside Museum, Glasgow's award-winning transport museum. It has over 3,000 objects on display with everything from vintage cars to trams, skateboards to paintings and from prams to train engines.

Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Stroll along Buchanan Street

If chic shops and classy restaurants are more your thing, you can’t miss Buchanan Street. After the classical buildings were restored, the street was turned into a pedestrian mall where you can now enjoy listening to talented buskers, spend time at Argyll Arcade and pop into a bar to sip on a refreshing drink.

Witness Glasgow Cathedral

This breathtaking medieval landmark is open to visitors throughout the year and must be on your to-do list. Steeped in history, it won’t fail to impress you. Glasgow Cathedral also offers an audio guide, which is well worth it and will allow you to dive even deeper into its roots.

Take a picnic to Pollok Country Park

With over 360 acres of green, you could get lost amongst the trails in Pollok Country Park. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and bring a picnic along the gardens. If you are a fan of highland cows, you won’t be disappointed, as you can find them right here.

Picnic in a park

No matter what you choose to do when you’re in Glasgow, there is no doubt that you’ll fall in love with this stunning city.

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