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Glasgow's Top 10 Attractions

The Riverside transport museum and tall ship on the River Clyde, Glasgow
The Riverside transport museum and tall ship on the River Clyde, Glasgow. Photo: Shutterstock

1 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Discover the wonders of Victorian civic endeavour at this red-sandstone museum filled with compelling exhibits and eclectic pieces.


The interior of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Photo: Shutterstock


2 Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. It’s adventures galore in this national park, dipping into Britain’s largest lake, trekking and visiting beguiling villages. 


View from Duncryne Hill over Loch Lomond. Photo: Shutterstock


3 Glasgow culture and nightlife. With its myriad music scenes, cutting-edge theatre and nightspots, Glasgow caters for everyone. Visit Scotland shares with Insight Guides that The Finnieston, Kelvingrove Cafe, Gin71 and Brel Bar are among the city's top bars to hit.


4 Shopping. Choose from swanky designers at Princes Square or speciality shops in the Merchant City and West End. 


5 Cathedral and Necropolis. Glasgow’s impressive cathedral was founded in 1136, while the Necropolis provides spine-tingling moments amid crumbling temples and monuments. 


Glasgow cathedral and Necropolis. Photo: Shutterstock


6 Riverside Museum. Glasgow’s award-winning transport museum features buses, trams, trains, bikes and cars. 


The interior of the Riverside Museum. Photo: Shutterstock


7 Burns Country. On the trail of the Scott­ish bard, visiting Alloway Kirk’s grave­yard, Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. 


8 Pollok Estate. A splendid mansion, riverside walks and biking trails make for a memorable Southside day. 

Pollok House. Photo: Shutterstock


9 New Lanark. David Dale and his son-in-law Robert Owen’s model factory town is now a fascinating Unesco World Heritage Site. 


Robert Owens house in New Lanark. Photo: Shutterstock


10 Glasgow arts scene. The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and other assorted galleries give Glasgow one of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art scenes. According to People Make Glasgow, the city touts over 20 top-notch museums and galleries including one of the biggest civic arts collections in all of Europe. Catch incredible works by Dali, Van Gogh, Degas and Monet; all free of charge.

To learn more about Scotland's most exciting city, read our Glasgow Travel Guide or visit our online shop to purchase a copy of Great Breaks Glasgow.