So I have already been asked a few times what I recommend doing in Glasgow. At first, I wasn’t sure how to answer that question. I guess the majority of my time here so far has been spent meeting people, exploring campus, trying out new cafes and restaurants, and figuring out the best place to pick up groceries! But now almost hitting the three-month mark of living in Glasgow I have started to compile my list of favourite things to do.
But, I have been able to come up with a list of my favourite things to check out in Glasgow so far!
- Take a stroll through The University of Glasgow campus. Personally, I can not get enough of it. Each time I feel like I am at Hogwarts. Plus there are different things always going on. For example, Chris Pine was filming a new Netflix show here last weekend. And the “Harvard” scenes from season 3 of Outlander were also filmed here.
- The Kelvingrove Art Gallery: Well one of the best parts about Scotland is that museums are free to visit!! So take advantage of that no matter where in Scotland you are visiting. The Kelvingrove opened in 1901, and it has a fantastic collection. Go check out beautiful artwork from the Glasgow Boys, Van Gogh, Monet, and so many others. Plus there is also a natural science section for those science lovers!
- The Lighthouse: Is a building off of Buchanan Street, and it was Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first public commission (Mackintosh is Glasgow’s most famous architect, you will see his name all over the city). Inside you go up multiple flights of stairs to get a beautiful of the city. It is definitely worth hiking up all the steps. There is also a small museum in the gallery where you can learn more about Mackintosh’s work.
- The Necropolis. It’s the most beautiful cemetery I have ever been to. It opened in 1831 and today there are over 50 thousand individuals are buried on the site here, and it is so incredible to walk around and see all the different monuments, tombs, and graves. Below I am standing on the “Bridge of Sighs” where people would sigh as they were about to bury their loved ones.
- The Glasgow Cathedral or St. Mungo’s Cathedral is beside the Necropolis, which is also really beautiful to see. The Cathedral is a great example of Scottish Gothic architecture!
- Ashton Lane: This is the quaintest little strip located at the West End of the City. This little lane is home to multiple great bars, restaurants, and even a little movie theatre! A handful of the bars on the righthand side have great outdoor patios, with heaters so you can even enjoy a beer outdoors in the fall.
- The Book Club is my favourite bar and restaurant so far in Glasgow. It is also located at the West End of the city, just about a five-minute walk from Ashton Lane. The bar used to be a cinema before it was turned into a bar, and the architecture inside is beautiful. They even have table tennis and Nintendo in the balcony section of the bar.
- The Botanic Gardens, I have already dedicated a post to the Botanic Gardens but they 100% make my top ten list of things to do in Glasgow. They are just so spectacular to see I can’t recommend them enough. Check out my Botanic Garden visit!
- Buchannan Street. This is the main shopping street in the city where all the most popular stores are including high-end department stores like Frasers. It is always so busy on this street, and there are usually people playing music which really adds to the busy atmosphere. This is also where my favourite store The Gap is located!!
So currently these are my top ten things to do in Glasgow. If you are planning a visit anytime in the near future! But I am sure I will discover many more incredible things over the next few months.