Places to Visit
The City of Glasgow owns one of the richest collections in Europe, displayed in 8 museums and galleries across the city.
From paintings by Degas and Cezanne to Sir Roger the Elephant, Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture to a real Spitfire, fabulous arms and armour to cutting edge contemporary art, they have objects and exhibits to fire your imagination.
Glasgow Museums are:
- The Burrell Collection
- Gallery of Modern Art
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
- Scotland Street School Museum
- St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Glasgow. City Chambers
- Headquarters of the city council for over 100 years. City Chambers stands as an impressive symbol of Glasgow’s political strength and historical wealth behind a grand imposing edifice overlooking George Square in the heart of the city.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- This impressive sandstone building sitting on the edge of Kelvingrove Park first opened its doors to the public 1901 and continues to be Glasgow’s most visited attraction.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attraction.
- Kelvingrove has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects
- The Gallery of Modern Royal Exchange Square. Located in the heart of the city near George Square and Buchanan Street, the Gallery of Modern Art opened in 1996 century mansion building which at one time contained the City’s commercial library.
The Burrell Collection
- Present to the city in 1944 by the wealthy shipowner Sir William Burrel, this outstanding collection is today house in a purpose building sitting within the superb surroundings of Pollock Country Park. Visitors are promised an unforgettable experience viewing a dazzling array of north European late Gothic art, oriental ceramics, bronzes, prints, carpets and tapestries. In fact this priceless collection has something for everyone.
The museum is also famous for its collection of 19th century paintings from such masters as Degas, Renor, Cezanne and Monet together with paintings by the ‘Glasgow Boys, Crawhill and Lavery.
- Mrs Anne Maxwell gifted Pollock House, with its adjoining gardens and parkland, to the City of Glasgow 1966. Its internationally renowned collections of paintings includes works of Goya, El Greco and William Blake. A grand country house near Glasgow city centre, Pollok House is Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey
- Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum.
Botanic Gardens near to Byres Road
- There can be few cities in Western Europe with as much to offer the international visitor as Glasgow. A city of unique character and culture, of history and heritage. Easy to get to hard to leave.
- A Scottish Power project, near to East Kilbride and Eaglesham visitors centre 90 kms of cycling and walking outdoor activities.
- The world’s first rotating boatlift called the marvel of modern engineering.
- Visit the the magnificent Castle, Holyrood Palace, the beautiful shops on the cobbled streets, museums. The new Scottish Parliament Building.
- Forth Road Bridges, The Royal Yacht Britannia, National Art Gallery, Charlotte Square for the Georgian House. Botanic Gardens. to name a few.
- The National Wallace Monument, 246 steps to the top, and you’ll enjoy spectacular views on a good clear day. Stirling Castle on the rock a MUST visit. Spend a few hours in Scottish History around the Stuart Dynasty, Kings andMary Queen of Scots. View the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Kitchen, Gardens, newly refurbished Royal Apartment of Mary of Guise.
Mother of Mary Queen of Scots.
- Drive among the wild animals, boat safari round Chimp Island, pets farm and adventure playground.
- Near to Stirling can be found the biggest selections of antiques, gifts and collectables under one roof near Doune on the Sitirling-Callander Road.
- Loch Katrine.
- SS Sir Walter Scott is named after the 19th century poet who wrote ‘The Lady of the Lake’ and is over 100 years old. sailing on Loch Katrine.
- A new way to experience two of Scotland’s most stunning lochs has been launched May 2014.
- The ‘Two Lochs Tour’ offers locals and visitors to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs a fantastic new cruise experience offering people a chance to enjoy both Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine on the same day.
- A new partnership formed between Cruise Loch Lomond and The Loch Katrine Experience has developed The ‘Two Lochs Tour’ which will run between 24th May and 29th September, part of a growing waterbus service, encouraging visitors to explore more of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park by boat, bike and foot.
- The tour can begin at either the Trossachs Pier at Loch Katrine or Tarbet Pier at Loch Lomond with visitors able to enjoy a leisurely cruise followed by walking or cycling through the stunning Trossachs woodland before joining the second cruise of the day.
- Cycle Hire is provided by Katrinewheelz, Loch Katrine and Cruise Loch Lomond at Tarbet Pier respectively. Cruise Loch Lomond operates a fleet of seven vessels plying the Waterbus Routes across Loch Lomond on scheduled reliable services and visitors to Loch Katrine enjoy a special trip on Steamship Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s oldest and most historic vessels.
- For visitors unable to walk or cycle the four miles to Inversnaid or Stronachlachar, a bus link is provided by Stirling Council with ‘Demand Responsive Transport’ (DRT), to link areas which have no direct regular bus service.
- Walk, sail picnic just enjoy the views. Climb Conic Hill, at Balmaha. This is a relatively short walk, but very steep in places. Suitable for the energetic walkers and part of the West Highland Way. Parking at the visitors centre.
- Glengoyne Whisky Distillery. Tours and a wee dram are offered. Climb Dumgoyne Hill before the wee dram!
- At the Lodge, in the Trossachs. walks, viewing area, go Ape, parking, visitors centre formerly called David Marshall Lodge.
- Back in Scotland after 130 years.
- Inchmahome Priory set on a Island on Lake of Menteith dating from 1238 Ruins. Mary Queen of Scot’s stayed 1547 Can be visited by small boat.
- ‘Scottish Heritage Pass’ which combines National Trust AND Historic Scotland Properties. Scottish Multi Site Passes. Check this out on our links page.