University of Glasgow

Address: University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 330 2000

- Free


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

This is my favourite thing to do in Glasgow. Although it’s not a traditional tourist attraction, compared to the rest of the city’s sights, for most tourist’s it’s the spitting image of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and it’s definitely worth a few hours. From the renovated churches on Garnethill to the unparalleled view of Glasgow, which tumbles down to the River Clyde from the rear of the main University building, it really is a joy to discover. Maybe it’s because I studied here for four long brain-numbing years but I always feel a huge wave of nostalgia every time I walk beneath its towering Gothic spires and through the front gates.

Value for money

Price advice

Free. Although the students may take issue with the coalition government's compulsory course fees.

Expert tips

The campus and cloisters of the University of Glasgow are fascinating places to explore, especially during term time, with the cloisters in particular being a fantastic place to take photographs.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • History
  • Design and architecture