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Why Glasgow? Top 11 Things To Do In Glasgow

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Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse, and an ideal conference destination. With Loch Lomond just 40 mins away, it's the perfect starting point for delegates to discover what Scotland has to offer.  We have created a guide of some of the top visitor attractions you can enjoy, as part of your visit to Glasgow.

1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Opened in 1901, the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. The museum’s 22 galleries feature around 8,000 objects, including pieces by artists Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as housing the Glasgow Style Gallery, which is the largest permanent display of work in the world by the key names in the Glasgow Style movement, including Glasgow-born Charles Rennie Mackintosh. One of Kelvingrove’s best-loved paintings is Salvador Dali’s iconic Christ of St John of the Cross, painted in 1951.

For more venue information, please visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum website.

2. Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace

Situated in the east of the city, Glasgow Green is Glasgow’s oldest park, and covers an impressive 136 acres. Within the Green you will find the impressive Doulton Fountain which is the largest terracotta fountain in the world, as well as the picturesque McLennan Arch.

Set within Glasgow Green you will find the People’s Palace, which houses a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film dedicated to social history of Glasgow and its people. Next to the People’s Palace is The Winter Gardens, where you can explore a number of exotic plants and palms, as well as stop for lunch at their cafe.

3. Kibble Palace and Glasgow Botanic Garden

Founded in 1817, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens spans 50 acres in the West End of the city and are perfect for a relaxing walk away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Within the gardens is The Kibble Palace, an impressive Curvilinular Glasshouse designed by John Kibble, which houses marble statues surrounded by vivid flowers, tropical palms and the National Collection of Tree Ferns.

4. Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail

While wandering around the city centre, you will notice huge pieces of art painted on the walls of some of Glasgow’s buildings. Glasgow’s City Centre Regeneration team has embraced the street art and have created The City Centre Mural Trail, which features huge range of the radical and quirky street art.

Find the Mural Trail Guide at 

5. Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

A display of stunning Scottish Gothic architecture, Glasgow Cathedral was built between the 13th & 15th Centuries. Also known as St. Mungo’s Cathedral or the High Kirk of Glasgow, the grandest room in the cathedral houses the crypt which contain the tomb of St. Mungo, who is the city’s patron saint and founder. The neighbouring Necropolis is a Victorian Gothic garden cemetery that covers 37 acres and offers stunning views of the city from the top.

6. Ashton Lane

Based in Glasgow’s West End, Ashton Lane is a hidden cobbled street adorned with twinkling fairy lights that gives its visitors that festive feeling. The street is lined with a number of unique and brilliant bars and restaurants as well as an independent, small cinema which screens a mix of modern and classic films.   

7. Glasgow Science Centre

Situated beside the Clyde at Pacific Quay, Glasgow Science Centre is filled with fun, interesting and interactive science shows, exhibits and workshops that create intrigue and curiosity in adults and children alike. The beautiful modern buildings also house a planetarium and Cineworld IMAX for an immersive and interactive experience.

Find out more about Glasgow Science Centre and its exhibits at:

8. Riverside Museum and Tall Ship

Riverside Museum and Tall Ship sits by the Clyde in Glasgow’s West End. The Riverside Museum is a transport museum with over 3,000 objects on display and features an interactive display where you can walk through the streets of old Glasgow, or climb aboard old public transport such as trains, trams and buses. Build in 1896, the Tall Ship is a former cargo ship which is now moored at the museum and is open for visitors to explore areas such as the Captain’s Cabin and engine room.

For more information, please visit the Riverside Museum website.

9. The Mackintosh House

Based at the University of Glasgow campus within The Hunterian, The Mackintosh House is a detailed recreation of the interior of the house of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The original house was demolished in the early 1960s, but the original fixtures were preserved and reassembled, and the interiors at The Mackintosh House have been furnished with the Mackintosh’s own furniture and designs. 

10. Christmas Markets

Our conference is taking place just in time for the start of Glasgow’s first Christmas Market! The St Enoch Square Christmas Market opens on November 9th from 10am to 10pm, and is best known for delicious street food, drinks and finding the perfect festive gifts.

11. City Sightseeing Bus

Glasgow’s open top sightseeing bus is perfect for admiring some of the stunning architecture in the city, as well as learning about its history and culture. The tour takes just 1 hour and 20 minutes, and covers 21 stops. Visitors are welcome to hop-on and hop-off at any of these stops to explore the city further or stop for a bite to eat.

Find out more or purchase tickets at

We would like to thank the Glasgow Convention Bureau for their contributions to this article. For more inspiration on things to do in Glasgow, please visit: