City Guide to Glasgow, Scotland
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 21 Feb 2019
The city of Glasgow is located on the west coast of Scotland and this is a very popular city with tourists, which means that there is a great deal of things to see and do in this city. Glasgow is a port city which is located on the banks of the River Clyde. This city is most famous for its architecture includes various elements from Victorian times and art nouveau. This city has a rich history dating back to the eighteenth and twentieth century when the city prospered from shipbuilding and trade. There is a vast amount of things to see and do in this area.
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The city of Glasgow is very easy get to, as it is well connected to various transport links and the city is home to three international airports which are only forty minutes from the heart of the city. The city of Glasgow is only an hours flight from London. Glasgow has a moderate climate and the city tends to be rather mild at all times of year. The city tends to have summers that are warm and winters that are rather mild. The spring months, which are between March and May, tends to vary from cool to mild. The spring months can be a great time to visit the city, as the gardens and parks will be in full bloom and full of colour. The summer months, which are between May and September can be variable between wet and mild or sunny and warm. The winds around this time of year tend to be westerly mainly due to the Gulf Stream. The warmest month in this area is usually July and the average temperature will be no more than 20oC. The winter months in this area tend to be cold and damp. There can often be strong winds during the winter months and February is commonly the wettest month.
Pollok Country Park
Pollock Country Park is the biggest park in Scotland and it’s the only country park within the city of Glasgow. This park has extensive gardens and woodlands which creates a sanctuary for both wildlife and visitors. There is a rich amount of history within the park as it was part of Old Pollok Estate which was the home for the Maxwell family. The famous Burrell Collection is also located in this country park. There are some nice spots around the park which make ideal locations to enjoy a relaxing picnic.
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is a 5 star attraction and it has a varied program of entertaining science events. This centre is home to more than three hundred interactive exhibits which are spread across the three floors. This attraction is a great place for people of all ages, as it will teach you about science from the basic through to the more advanced, therefore there is something to suit all ages. This is a great way to spend a fun day out and one of the advantages is that entry is free, however there is a small charge for access to the Planetarium. There is car parking at this centre and it also has good connections with public transport and it is only a fifteen minute walk from the city centre.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens have been in existence for more than two hundred years, as it was first opened in 1817 by Thomas Hopkirk who was a distinguished botanist in the city. This attraction can be a relaxing way to spend a few hours and there is also a tearoom, where you can have a rest and enjoy some tasty food and drink. There are also regular tours that you can join which will take you around the garden and tell you about the various plants which are present.
Tennents Wellpark Brewery
The Wellpark Brewery has more than four hundred and fifty years of creating award winning beers and brewing history. A visit to this attraction will be a great way to spend a day as there is various tours that you can opt to join, and these will teach you about the brewing process and the history of the brewery. There are various artefacts such as packaging that date back over the time that the brewery has been operational. There is a shop at this brewery where you can purchase some memorabilia and also some of the produce.
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
The Riverside Museum is an award winning attraction within the city which focuses on transport and travel. This museum is home to more than three thousand objects which ranges from locomotives to skateboards. There is also a lot of interactive displays at various locations around this museum. There are also some exhibits that focus on the shipbuilding within the city. There is something to keep all ages occupied and entertained at this museum. Visitors also have the opportunity to climb on board a tram, train or bus to experience what public transport would have been like.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland with free entry. This attraction is home to more than twenty two themed exhibitions and state of the art galleries which houses eight thousand objects. The collections at this attraction are wide ranging, extensive and have an international significance. The exhibits include Ancient Egypt, animals and art. Although a lot of the displays are permanent there is also a number of temporary displays which is exhibited at this attraction. Kelvingrove will provide an interesting day out for people of all ages, therefore it is worth taking the time to visit.
The Clydeside Distillery Tour
A trip to Scotland would not be complete without sampling some Scottish Whisky and the hour long tour would be perfect way to learn about the brewing process and then sample some of the produce. The tour needs to be booked prior to your arrival due to limited numbers, however there is regular tours that take place. The Clydeside Distillery is the first distillery that produced single malt whisky. The tour would take you through the history of the distillery and you will encounter gleaming stills and see the craftsmen at work. The sampling part of the tour will let you sample whisky from three different regions of Scotland including Lowlands, Highlands and Islay.
Glasgow West End Whisky Tour
This is another whisky tour that you will not want to miss as it will enable you to get a perspective on the culture of the national drink in the West End. This tour will take you to many of the bars that are off the beaten track and therefore not usually experienced by tourists. There are variations between the various regions of Scotland. This tour will teach you about the history of the city and the influence it has had on local artists whilst sampling some of the national drink along the way. For visitors who would like to do this tour it will need to be booked in advance, as it is limited numbers.
Guided Celtic Park Stadium Tour
Celtic Park is one of the largest stadiums in Europe and a tour should be on the list of every visitor who enjoys football. Celtic Football Club dates back to 1888 and a tour of the stadium will enable you to delve into the history of the club. There are many fascinating exhibitions and the tour guides are very informative. It is a good idea to book the tour before arriving as this will avoid disappointing as it is limited numbers. The tour will entail some walking and climbing stairs so that you can fully appreciate the stadium and the various displays. A tour will take you through the dressing rooms and down the tunnel following in the footsteps of the legendary players who have been there. You can experience what it would be like to sit in the dugout and also experience the atmosphere at the side of the pitch.
City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop On – Hop Off Tour
This sightseeing tour gives you the option to purchase a ticket for one or two days and the bus makes twenty-two stops throughout the city. From the top deck of the bus you can experience panoramic views around the city however if you would prefer to stay warm then you can sit inside the bus. You can opt to stay on board the bus all the way around the city or get on and off at any stop that you wish to explore further. The stops that the bus makes include the Barras, Glasgow cathedral, George Square and Merchant City. Whilst on board the bus you can listening to the recorded commentary that will point out all of the highlights of the city, as you travel past them. This tour provides the perfect way to explore this Scottish city.
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