See and Do in Glasgow

Expats looking to explore Scotland's largest city will discover plenty to see and do in Glasgow.

Founded centuries ago, Glasgow is filled with historic sites and buildings, not to mention art galleries and museums galore – plenty to keep any culture-hungry expat busy.

Expats need not worry if they're exploring the city on a shoestring budget as most of Glasgow's attractions have no entrance fees, though there is often an option to donate at the entrance for those who wish to do so.

Here are some of Glasgow's must-see attractions.


Recommended attractions in Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

One of Glasgow's most popular attractions, Kelvingrove offers visitors the chance to see unique temporary exhibitions alongside the museum's mainstays. The variety that Kelvingrove offers ensures that every visitor is bound to find something that interests them. Highlights include an authentic WWII-era Spitfire plane, a huge collection of historical arms and armour, and an active hive of bees. There is also an incredible art collection which includes works by some of the most renowned artists of all time, such as Dalí, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Although sunny days are something of a rarity in Glasgow, the Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to spend them when they do come around. In spring, daffodils and colourful tulips pop up all around the gardens, while squirrels can be seen scampering through the grounds and are quite friendly to visitors, especially those who come prepared with a few nuts. There is also a fascinating greenhouse which houses exotic plants from all over the world.

Gallery of Modern Art

A visit to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is never a dull experience and it's well worth spending some time contemplating the artworks on display. Work by both local and international artists can be seen in the museum, and the gallery frequently runs special projects to address social issues.

Duke of Wellington Statue

In front of GoMA, visitors will be greeted by a sight beloved among locals and foreigners alike: the statue of the Duke of Wellington. This statue's unusual claim to fame is the ever-present traffic cone perched jauntily on its head. This is one of Glasgow's most iconic images and is considered by many to be a monument to the city's cheeky sense of humour. Unsurprisingly, government officials disagree, and the cone has been removed by officials numerous times, much to the chagrin of locals. The cone is never gone for long, though, and there is always a sneaky local willing to clamber up the statue to replace it.

People's Palace

Those wanting to learn about the history of Glasgow's people will find the People's Palace well worth a visit. The People's Palace is home to a museum documenting the city's unique social history from the mid-18th century to the present day, giving a glimpse of everyday life in Glasgow throughout the ages. Visitors to the People's Palace can also enjoy a walk in the adjacent Winter Gardens.

The Lighthouse

This six-storey tall building in the heart of Glasgow offers a beautiful 360-degree view of the city from its top floor. Designed by famous Glasgow architect Charles Mackintosh, the Lighthouse also hosts art and design exhibitions, including a permanent Mackintosh exhibition for those keen to learn more about the man himself.

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