Add in an amazingly creative music scene, whiskey and a passion for sports – this is a city that’s made for a weekend break.
We’ve put together the most unmissable things to do in Glasgow. Follow these 7 steps for the perfect getaway…
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1. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
A brilliant space to spend a few hours, this state-of-the-art museum has 22 themed galleries. Here you’ll find Rembrandts alongside Renoirs, alongside antique armour and Ancient Egyptian treasures.
The most famous painting on display at Kelvingrove is the Salvador Dali masterpiece ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. Sir Roger the Asian elephant is another big museum attraction.
2. Sample the brews at Drygate Brewery
As the first experiential brewery in Scotland, there’s plenty to discover on a tour of Drygate.
Hop on a brewery tour to try their craft beers, and stick around for some grub in their beer hall which has massive TV screens for sports fan. There’s always fun events on here in the evenings too, such as comedy or music.
You can even brew your own beers, complete with custom labels.
3. Get a birds-eye view from Glasgow Science Centre
Visit this innovative science centre where you can run the giant hamster wheel, test your skills on the concentration station, measure your power on the sprint track and dissect a virtual human body.
A highlight is the city views from Glasgow Tower. At 127 metres high — the equivalent of over 30 double-decker buses — Glasgow Tower is the tallest freestanding building in Scotland.
4. Browse the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market
This market takes place monthly with pop ups throughout the city. It’s a lively day out in the heart of Barras Market, with heaps of curiosities.
Take your pick from vintage Clothing, Retro Homewares, Antiques and Collectables, Furniture, Salvage and Food Stalls. Plus, there’s a great soundtrack.
5. Take of tour of Glengoyne Distillery
Glengoyne has been described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery – and rightly so. This traditional, hard-working distillery has been producing a unique selection of award winning Highland Single Malt whiskies since 1833.
Glengoyne is open all year for guided distillery tours and you can even make your own whiskey in the Malt Masters workshop.
6. Hike the BLiSS Trail
BLiSS trail is a national Scottish Thistle Award winning, eye catching art and architectural installation trail linking the villages of Strathyre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and St Fillans on the A84, A85 and Sustrans NCR7 cycle path.
The BLiSS trail offers an eclectic mix of fun roadside art and architectural installations to find and follow all year round.
7. Go to a Celtic or Rangers football match
Glasgow is actually ranked fifth in the list of the world’s ultimate sporting cities, beating the likes of Los Angeles, Toyko, Sydney and Paris.
No trip to Glasgow is complete without catching a Rangers or Celtic football (soccer) match. The two clubs have a fierce rivalry, so never play at home at the same time but you’ll find one or the other playing a match most weekends.