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Loch Lomond

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Glasgow
Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

One of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs is right on Glasgow’s doorstep.

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Best for Culture -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Art, sculpture, elephants and a Spitfire all under one roof: what’s not to like about that?

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expert-rated things to do in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Glasgow’s cultural beating heart, this gallery showcases the best in modern Scottish art.

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Glengoyne Distillery

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Fun -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Scotland’s most southerly Highland distillery is also one of its most beautiful.

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The Hampden Experience

Price guide: Mid-range
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expert-rated things to do in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Home of Scottish football, the Hampden stadium tour is heaven for any serious fan.

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Waverley Excursions

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Watersports -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Cruise Glasgow’s River Clyde and the outlying islands on the world’s last paddle steamer.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Glasgow’s finest museum collection is an award-winning tribute to fine art.

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Best for First-time visitors -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

The West End of Glasgow’s most stunning neighbourhood is worth wandering whatever the weather.

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Best for History -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Iconic and inspiring, this medieval cathedral is Glasgow’s premier religious attraction.

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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Glasgow’s family favourite, this is a cavalcade of interactive science and space exploration.

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Xscape

Price guide: Expensive
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expert-rated things to do in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Glasgow’s premier multi-entertainment destination with an emphasis on high octane thrills.

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Best for Chilling out -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

The West End’s premier picnic spot, these gardens are adored by botanists and students.

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The Hunterian

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Scotland’s oldest public museum is home to Mackintosh, meteorites and mummies.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

This Glasgow gallery celebrates the city’s great diversity.

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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s dream design brought to life on Glasgow’s south side.

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Best for Posing -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece is an Art Nouveau textbook in design and style.

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Pollok House

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

This 18th-century mansion home is Glasgow’s version of the Victorian dream.

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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Life on the ocean waves with Glasgow’s last Clydebuilt sailing vessel.

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The Lighthouse

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Scotland’s first dedicated centre to design and architecture is heaven for aficionados.

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Glasgow’s social history museum brings the city to life in a number of exhibits and film clips.

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Glasgow is the perfect city to wander in. Swirl it round like a glass of vintage whisky and you’ll find yourself walking in circles on its Georgian squares, twirling beneath its Victorian facades and rolling round its Gothic university buildings and cloisters. The star attractions – of which there are many – can be found on easy self-guided walking tours and behind museum and art gallery doors. Many visitor’s stand out experiences, however, are in the unexpected encounters with locals and the hidden nooks of the city.

Glasgow’s architecture is also sublime – especially high above street level – and its attractions are the perfect blend of the nostalgic (paddle steamers and civic collections) and the modern (indoor ski slopes and interactive science). My advice would be to wear a sturdy pair of shoes, embrace the fresh air and make sure you pack an umbrella. Oh, and don’t forget to look up.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

I’ve picked out the city’s main draw cards, which include a series of award-winning museums, galleries and a treasure trove of Charles Rennie Mackintosh affiliated things to do. Barcelona has Gaudi, London has Wren and Glasgow has Mackintosh, so I’d advise checking out at least one of his design masterpieces when in the city.

I’ve also opted for some traditional Scottish fayre, including a tick-list of miniature Glens, lochs, boat trips and whisky tastings. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh may take the shortbread biscuit for tartan towels and kilted bagpipers, but Glasgow has a world famous, and more enviable landscape, right on its doorstep. It would be a travesty to miss it.

My list is intended to be a starting point for discovery rather than a definitive list.

Set focus

I’ve picked out the city’s main draw cards, which include a series of award-winning museums, galleries and a treasure trove of Charles Rennie Mackintosh affiliated things to do. Barcelona has Gaudi, London has Wren and Glasgow has Mackintosh, so I’d advise checking out at least one of his design masterpieces when in the city.

I’ve also opted for some traditional Scottish fayre, including a tick-list of miniature Glens, lochs, boat trips and whisky tastings. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh may take the shortbread biscuit for tartan towels and kilted bagpipers, but Glasgow has a world famous, and more enviable landscape, right on its doorstep. It would be a travesty to miss it.

My list is intended to be a starting point for discovery rather than a definitive list.