Attractions in Glasgow

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  • So what brought you to Glasgow in the first place? Probably one of the big, looming attractions that lures most travelers. Bright lights, big names, engraved plaques-these are the on-the-beaten-path hot spots no visitor to Glasgow should miss. Plus, they make for some great photo ops. Your friends back home might get jealous.

    The People's Palace in the Glasgow Green features an array of artifacts, paintings, photographs, film and interactive displays that explore the stories and social history of the people of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Admire the exotic palms and plants of the nearby Winter Gardens and snap a picture in front of the restored Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

    The Scott Monument dominates Glasgow's George Square. Created in 1837, it was the first monument built in honor of the famous Scottish poet and author Walter Scott, only five years after his death. The 80-foot column was designed by David Rhind, the statue of Scott that sits at its top was designed by John Greenshields and carved by Handyside Ritchie.

    Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and dates from the end of the 13th century. It also contains features from earlier cathedrals of the 12th century. The former Roman Catholic cathedral (now part of the Church of Scotland) is is the only complete medieval cathedral in Scotland still intact. A modern feature of this magnificent building is the fine stained glass windows which were mainly installed in the 1960s. Since then, it has been regarded as one of the finest collections of modern stained glass in Europe. The focal point for many visitors to Glasgow cathedral is the Tomb of St. Mungo (the city's patron saint), located in the Gothic crypt in the lower church.

    Located behind Glasgow Cathedral, the central Necropolis is an old cemetery on a hill based on the design of the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. View the 62m monument to John Knox at the top as well as other excellent Victorian monuments and tombs. This cemetery hill also offers amazing views of the cathedral and beyond.

    Glasgow Cathedral

    Castle Street
    Glasgow Cathedral, Cathedral Sq., Castle St

    Medieval Landmark... read more

    Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

    730 Great Western Road
    Great Western Rd

    Impressive glass houses and exotic plants... read more

    People's Palace and Winter Gardens

    Glasgow Green

    Working Life in Glasgow... read more

    George Square

    Between Miller Street and Cochrane Street

    Glasgow's main plaza and very own Red Square...
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    Lighthouse (The)

    11 Mitchell Lane

    Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City... read more

    Scott Monument

    Glasgow Square

    George Square's iconic monument of famous poet and author Sir Walter Scott... read more

    expert pick

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Argyle Street
    Argyle St

    The most visited gallery/museum in the UK outside of London. It boasts 22 themed art galleries and some 8000 objects... read more

    Mackintosh House

    University Avenue
    Glasgow School of Art

    A reconstruction of Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's home... read more

    Glasgow Central Mosque

    Mosque Avenue

    One of UK's Biggest Islamic Centres... read more

    Necropolis (The)

    50 Cathedral Square

    Imposing Glasgow Graveyard... read more
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