Knowing what to see in Glasgow before you arrive can make planning your itinerary much easier. There’s just so much to discover here, from beautiful garden walks to tours of hundreds of historic sites, from gorgeous museums and galleries to low-intensity hiking in the nearby Kilpatrick Hills.
Planning your holiday schedule early will help you better manage your time abroad, so you won’t miss out on the essentials like Glasgow Cathedral, the City Chambers, and Celtic Park. Here are just a few of our favourite Glasgow spots to help get you started.
Glasgow’s famous Mackintosh House was the home of legendary Scottish husband and wife artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Upon walking into the home, which was built in 1906, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d just stepped into an ultramodern penthouse. A true design touchstone and over a century ahead of its time, this site is a must-visit.
The history of Glasgow Cathedral is tied to that of the city itself. Supposedly built on the site where St Mungo founded the city of Glasgow, the cathedral was constructed in the late 1200s, just prior to the Scottish Reformation period. It remains an active site of Christian worship today and is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
For those who love history and nature, there’s no better combination than the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. A combination of museum and greenhouse, the site serves as a repository of the city’s social history from 1755 to the present. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in Glasgow’s more modern history than by visiting this attraction.
Constructed in the 1800s, the Glasgow City Chambers still operate as the seat of local government to this day. A historically sacred site, the City Chambers mark the moment Glasgow recognised its destiny as a global city. Tours are run daily and give an insight into the construction and artistry involved in the building and its goings on.
Celtic Park is the home stadium of Glasgow’s Scotland Premiership League football team, Celtic F.C. With 60,000 seats, Celtic Park is one of the best places in the city to take in some football among a crowd of people who love the beautiful game most. Make sure you attend a game against Glasgow’s other major football team and Celtic’s fiercest rivals, Rangers F.C.