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Glasgow is known for many things; from being the home of Scotland’s women’s-only library to its famed museums and galleries, there are many sights to see.
Besides being Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow is also the friendliest city in the world. So, whether you’re going on a cultural adventure or enjoying the nightlife, you’ll definitely make a friend or two here.
So, if you’re ready to check out what Glasgow has in store, let’s dive right in!
1. Marvel at the Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
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Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 12 PM, 1 – 4 PM; Sunday: 1 PM – 4 PM
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Holding the title of the country’s oldest cathedral, the Glasgow Cathedral was consecrated in the 1100s.
It’s believed to be the burial site of the patron saint, St Kentigern. Hence, it’s often regarded as the birthplace of Glasgow.
The Cathedral is also home to an impressive collection of post-war stained glass windows, the most notable of which is John K Clark’s Millennium Window.
Adjacent is the Glasgow Necropolis, which is a prominent Victorian cemetery, the resting place of many notable historic figures. Dating back to 1833, over 50,000 burials have taken place at this 37-acre cemetery.
While you don’t have to be an architect to appreciate the Classical Revival architecture, you can still enjoy the many fascinating stories through a guided tour.
2. Visit the Scottish Football Museum
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With the world’s first-ever international football match happening right here in Glasgow in 1872, what better way to celebrate your love for the game than to visit the Scottish Football Museum?
A paradise for fans of the game, the museum is situated at the heart of Hampden Park. It houses an impressive collection of football-related memorabilia and hosts special exhibitions.
You can take the Hampden Stadium tour, see a tonne of popular faces at the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, or even test your skills at the warm-up area.
With so much to do here, you’ll get your workout done whilst having fun.
It’s also worth noting that the museum refreshes its display every 6 months. So, there’s always something unique and exciting to look forward to.
3. Have a picnic by the Glasgow Botanic Gardens
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Operating Hours: Daily: 11 AM – 5 PM
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Definitely one of the most breathtaking green spaces we’ve ever laid eyes on, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens boasts over 9,000 exotic plants, from tropical rainforests to colourful flowers.
Originally a part of the University of Glasgow in 1841, the garden was acquired by the city in 1891 and made public. Today, it’s enjoyed by many looking to admire the plant life.
The most popular feature is the Kibble Palace, which was built in 1873. This glorious iron-framed glasshouse is home to several kinds of flora and fauna.
With over 20 hectares of landscaped grounds, it’s a popular place for picnics, especially during the summertime. To boot, the entrance is completely free!
You won’t have to worry too much about pests since the groundskeepers ensure that the area is well-cared for.
4. Shop ‘til you drop at Buchanan Street
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Buchanan Street is a famous pedestrianised shopping district that stretches about 800m long, having banned cars since 1978.
We aren’t joking when we say that you can literally shop ‘til you drop at one of the busiest streets in Glasgow. It’s reported that over 30 million people visit Buchanan Street annually.
Whether you’re looking for big-brand names or independent stores, we’re certain you’ll find something that suits your budget and style among their 90 stores.
These include the likes of L’occitane, Jo Malone London, COS, Ted Baker, Vivienne Westwood, and Kate Spade New York, among others.
Though, be conscious enough to stay within your budget or else you might find yourself in need of a financial advisor!
5. Explore the Mugdock Country Park
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Operating Hours: Daily: 9 AM – 5 PM
Contact Details: +44 141 956 6100
Just 10 miles from the Glasgow City Centre, Mugdock Country Park boasts 270 hectares of heathland, woodland, and moorland for its visitors to explore.
With over 5,000 years of Scottish history in its roots, the park is an all-around experience. Within its grounds you can find a few castles such as the 14th-century Mugdock Castle and the 19th-century Craigend Castle.
Aside from that, there are also gun sites and anti-aircraft trenches from WW2. In our opinion, this is another great place to learn about Scottish history aside from museums.
We were impressed to find that it also has a cafe where you can pop by for refreshments. Actually, many come here for a relaxing brunch with their families and friends.
You don’t have to worry about getting lost as there walking routes in the vicinity. They also have a Visitor Centre in case you need staff assistance.