Glasgow City Guide | Scotland
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We were lucky to call Glasgow our home for the past year. Although we continue to discover the biggest city in Scotland, this is our guide to our favourite FREE TO VISIT spots we love to come to again and take our visiting friends.
1. RIVERSIDE MUSEUM
Our tour starts at the Riverside Museum - the finest example of the 21- century architecture designed by the Dame Zaha Hadid- the most influential female architect of our time.
2. UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Then we continue to walk towards the University of Glasgow which is 600 years old, one of the oldest Universities in the county and also believed to inspire the creation of ’Hogwarts’ in Harry Potter. University is located on the hill and it offers a great view of Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
3. GLASGOW BOTANIC GARDENS
The plant collections are dispersed across the 19.4-hectare site which includes two glasshouse complexes- Kibble Palace and the Main Range. The Tearooms can be found in the former Curator’s house near to the Kibble Palace.
Now you've approached the Kelvinbridge also called Great Western Bridge as it carries Great Western Road across the River Kelvin. It is a classic Victorian cast-iron arch structure 18.3m wide, with two main spans over the Kelvin and a smaller span on each side for a pedestrian footpath. The bridge connects the neighbouring town Hillhead, which was incorporated into the city in the 19th century. Follow the steps down to the River Kelvin.
5. KELVINGROVE PARK
The Kelvingrove Park is a classic example of the Victorian park. Today the park has many facilities to offer, such as children playgrounds, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the event space, cafes, tennis courts and skateboard park, riverside walks.
6. KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY
It’s a museum and art gallery with the 22 galleries to explore. Perfect activity for a rainy day.
7. THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
Completed in 1909, the Mackintosh's Masterwork heralded the birth of a new style in 20th-century architecture. In 2014 a fire damaged the west wing of the Mackintosh Building including some studios, the Library and some archival stores. There is no visitor access to the interiors of the Mackintosh Building whilst restoration gets underway.
8. THE LIGHTHOUSE
The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for Design & Architecture. It has two viewing platforms at the top of the building, however, one is hidden. Get to the 3rd level and then take steps on the spiral staircase to the very top for the most outstanding views over the Glasgow!
9. GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building which dates back to the 12 century. the Cathedral has one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows to be found in Britain
10. THE NECROPOLIS
The Necropolis is the Victorian Cemetery with the approximately 3500 monuments. It is a short walk from the Glasgow Cathedral situated on the Hill.
GREAT WESTERN ROAD
Continue the journey along the Great Western Road, a home for a great coffee roaster, bakery and an ice cream shop for a hot sunny day (yes, that occasionally happens in Glasgow!)
Follow the Ashton Lane - the cobbled pedestrian street has the hip atmosphere with many bars and restaurants to choose from.
Continue walking along Sauchiehall Street until you reach the pedestrian footbridge over the motorway and cross that bridge
FOOD & DRINK
Characterful space with cocktails, ping-pong, retro computer games, vintage fairs and bingo. The lunch menu offers salads (£8), the burgers (£6-7), pie or fish and chips (£10)
THE WILLOW TEA ROOMS
The Willow Tea Rooms are the Glasgow’s unique gem. Designed by the world-renowned Charles Mackintosh - a Glaswegian architect that invented modernism in the 20th century. The interiors and the furniture is a piece of art you will never find anywhere else in the world!
Inn Deep is a bar directly under the Kelvin- bridge that serves craft beers and offers great seating outside next to the River Kelvin on a sunny day a perfect spot for a pint of craft beer!
The Drygate, a bar with the homemade brewery and a restaurant - ideal and the most authentic way to end the tour. If the weather allows, take a sitting outside to enjoy the sunset!