Tours You Can Do From Glasgow

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One remarkable thing about Scotland’s largest city? There’s no shortage of things to do and places to go – within Glasgow’s walls and even beyond Glasgow’s walls.

That being said, here are some tours you can do from Glasgow:

Glasgow’s history goes way back into the 6th century, founded by a Christian missionary named Kentigern (now St. Mungo). From being a religious center, it has grown to become a rural settlement. From being a rural settlement, it has grown to become one of the world’s largest seaports. Thus, it’s no surprise for Glasgow to have religious institutions and historical buildings all over the place.

Religious Tours

Some of the well-known religious institutions in Glasgow include the Glasgow Cathedral, which is under the Church of Scotland; St. Andrew’s Cathedral, which is under the Roman Catholic Church; St. Mary’s Cathedral, which is under the Scottish Episcopal Church; and St. Luke’s Cathedral, which is under the Greek Orthodox Church. There’s the four Gurdwaras of the Sikhs, as well as the Glasgow Central Mosque of the Muslims. Even more so, there’s the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, which first opened in 1993 – the only place that tells the story of the world’s most celebrated religions.

Historical Tours

Meanwhile, some of the well-known historical buildings in Glasgow include The People’s Palace and Winter Garden, which exhibits Glasgow’s industrial history; Pollok House and Garden, which exhibits great Spanish masterpieces; Greenbank Garden, which exhibits beautiful Georgian landscapes; and Provand’s Lordship, which is the oldest house in all of Glasgow. There’s the Crookston Castle from the 1600s, as well as the Finnieston Crane from the 1930s. Even more so, there’s the Scotland Street School Museum, which is located in a school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh back in the 1900s.

Most of all, you can go on tours beyond Glasgow’s walls – especially if you’re going to Scotland in November.

Places to See and Things to Do When in Glasgow

Glasgow is a former industrial city that has evolved into a cultural hub. The city is now teeming with things to see and do for locals and tourists to enjoy and explore. Attractions are varied which means there is no dearth of places to go for everyone. Stunning architecture, beautiful natural scenery, vibrant shopping destinations, and museums with vast collections of artworks are just some of the things you can find when in the city. With so many to choose from, here are some of the top places to see in Glasgow.

George Square

George Square

Why go and things to do: City centre, collection of statues and monuments depicting famous people such as Robbie Burns, Walter Scott, Queen Victoria, and more; located in the midst of historic architecture; serves as venue for celebrations, events, and festivals like Christmas fairs, Hogmanay, and more

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Why go and things to do: Impressive glasshouses, plant collection that includes rare orchids and plants from places like Africa, the Americas, Australia, the Far East, and more; Botanic Gardens Tearooms, events like book fairs, garden shows, and musical performances among others; Victorian sculptures

Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh’s Art Academy

Glasgow School of Art

Why go and things to do: Mackintosh’s Art Academy is a top destination for architecture lovers, learn more about the life of famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Library and Gallery

Glasgow Cathedral (also known as the St Mungo Cathedral or the High Kirk of Glasgow)

Glasgow Cathedral

Why go and things to do: Historic building dating back to the 12th century, St Mungo’s crypt, the nearby St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and its exhibits, the courtyard’s Zen Buddhist garden

Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green

Why go and things to do: Oldest park in Glasgow that dates back to 1662, various attractions that include a conservatory, the Doulton Fountain, a museum, Nelson’s Monument, People’s Palace,
Winter Gardens, and more.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Why go and things to do: Interesting and interactive facility suitable for people of all ages, Cineworld IMAX , Glasgow Tower, Planetarium, Science Mall, interactive exhibits like BodyWorks, Powering the Future, and more; cafes, shops

House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Why go and things to do: Design inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, beautiful interiors, art gallery and exhibition venue, events, artists’ studios,

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Why go and things to do: Free admission museum inside a stunning Victorian building that dates back to the 19th century, spectacular collection of artworks and archeological finds, several themed galleries,

National Piping Centre and the Bagpipe Museum

National Piping Centre

Why go and things to do: Bagpipes and drumming resource center, experience playing the bagpipe or sign up for a lesson, Museum of Piping tour

People’s Palace

People's Palace

Why go and things to do: Museum with historic collections that include artifacts, paintings, and films among others; exhibitions, Photo Library, Winter Gardens, cafes

The University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Why go and things to do: University dating back to the old days, famous teachers and scientists that graced its halls include Adam Smith, James Watt, Joseph Lister, and William Hunter; The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Willow Tearooms

Willow Tearooms

Why go and things to do: Designed by the famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, afternoon tea in the midst of beautiful art deco