Having a population of about 1.2 million, Glasgow is the 3rd largest city in the United Kingdom. It is the largest city of Scotland. Glasgow is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK and is home to a diverse range of tourist attractions. The city is famous for its history and houses many historical buildings as old as from the 12th century. Glasgow is a perfect tourist getaway that combines history, modern amenities and natural sites in a seamless manner.
Following are the top ten most beautiful places in Glasgow:
10) The Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow
Yes! As the name suggests it is a ship. This magnificently beautiful ship is situated right next to the transport museum. The ship will give you an excellent insight into the lives of the sailors. How they used to live and work? The deck of the ship provides amazing views. There is a beautiful café located downstairs where you can enjoy snacks or coffee. The Tall Ship at riverside has some pretty entertaining activities for the kids as well.
9) Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic Park is the most impressive football stadium in Scotland is fittingly the home to one of the most successful football clubs in Scotland. Experience the history of the club with excellent guided tours. Know about the club, the stadium and the legends who played here from the smart and friendly tour guides. The whole place brims with excellence and history.
8) Loch Lomond Park Centre, Glasgow
It is a wonderful romantic spot with spectacular scenery. The Loch Lomond is the largest body of fresh water in the mainland Britain. There is a tourist information Centre at the site which can provide you with all the information you need regarding your visit. There are a number of cafes and shops as well on the shore. There are many walkways to enjoy nature and a number of different activities to keep the kids busy. Loch Lomond Park is perfect for family picnics and for enjoying the natural beauty of Scotland at its finest.
7) Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Mitchell Library is housed in a beautiful building near the Charing Cross. It is the largest reference library in Europe. The library has a wonderful feel to it and a fantastic atmosphere. There is a great collection of books. The staff at the library is very friendly and will go out of its way to help you. Well decorated and well-furnished library provides plenty of comfortable seating to read through the books or find out about your family history in the archives.
6) George Square, Glasgow
Glasgow Square is a beautiful civic square located in the heart of the city. The square has a number of important statues and monuments. On one side of the Glasgow Square is the building of Glasgow City Chambers while on the other side is the building of Glasgow General Post Office. The Tourist Information Centre is also located in George Square. It is a perfect place to get a feel of the history and the spirit of Glasgow.
5) Buchanan Street, Glasgow
Buchanan Street is the main shopping street in Glasgow. The street itself is beautiful with wonderful Scottish architecture and houses plenty of cafes, boutiques and shops. There are galleries at one end of the street and St Enoch is at the other end. Princes Square is located at the Centre of Buchanan street. The atmosphere of the Buchanan Street is great. You will find music playing everywhere and some pretty talented street performers showing their skills.
4) People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow
Situated in a beautiful park is this unique museum. The People’s Palace has a fantastic setting in the Glasgow Green alongside the river Clyde. The building of the museum is quite imposing and has a glass house attached at the back. It is a social history museum and offers an in-depth look at the lives of the locals. There are plenty of artifacts and provide a great learning experience about the life in Glasgow from the 18th century till today. There is an amazing fountain named ‘The Doulton Fountain’ that is situated in front of the People’s Palace. It is the largest terracotta fountain in the world. The Winter Gardens next to the People’s Palace house a variety of tropical plants.
3) Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral is also known as the High Kirk of Glasgow. The Cathedral looks stunning from the outside. It is something that you would see in a fantasy movie. The interior of the Cathedral is beautiful and the individual plaques, graves and different pieces of history make it a very interesting place. The beautiful glassworks on the windows tell different stories in a unique manner. It is definitely a must visit place in Glasgow.
2) Glasgow Science Centre
It is one of the must see places in Glasgow. The Glasgow Science Centre has hundreds of different interactive exhibits. The Centre has a Science Mall having 3 floors. The first floor of the Science Mall has some pretty cool stuff like plasma ball, whispering dishes and chaos pendulum. The second floor allows you to be innovative in the Innovative zone and the third floor of the Science Mall lets you know your body in a unique manner in the ‘BodyWorks’. The Glasgow Science Centre also has one of the best Planetariums. Another great attraction at the Glasgow Science Centre is the Glasgow Tower having a height of 127 meters. It is the only rotating building in the world.
1) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the most popular tourist attraction in not only Glasgow but entire Scotland. There are fantastic exhibits of history, geology, geography, wildlife and art. You will find various modern and old pieces of art in the gallery. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum regularly hosts exhibitions and has a fantastic permanent collection. The great thing is that the admission to this splendid museum and gallery is free. The staff at the museum is very friendly and helpful. There is also a pretty good coffee shop with reasonable prices.