10 Famous Things In Glasgow, Scotland - Updated 2021

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You will never get bored when you visit Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow. There are a lot of reasons why you should spend your next vacation here. Outside of London, Glasgow offers the best shopping in the UK. It is rich in culture and the people here are very caring to visitors. Lots of museums and art galleries are free to the public. The nightlife here is second to none as the city plays host to a long line of DJ’s playing music in various clubs. You can also opt for the music scene here where hundreds of artists play live all over the city. Listed below are the most famous things in Glasgow, Scotland, that you can visit or do during your vacation here.

1. Glasgow Cathedral

Posted by Glasgow Cathedral on Monday, 23 May 2016

Also famously called St. Mungo’s Cathedral, this church carries two very important distinctions. It is the city’s most dated building and cathedral. Its claim to fame is its lavish interior and exterior architecture and design, which every visitor seem to love. Music plays an important role in the history of the cathedral. Recitals are often held year-round within its lovely walls. Attending one of these is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of the cathedral and to learn more about its rich history.

Glasgow Cathedral

Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK

Website: Glasgow Cathedral

Opening hours: Apr - Sep: Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 4:30pm; Oct - Mar: Mon - Sat: 10am - 3:30pm; Sun: 1pm - 3:30pm

Travel tip by Glasgow Local Expert - Sumit
Posted on: Jan 07, 2020

The Glasgow Cathedral has an old world charm and walking inside this historic building you feel like a time traveler. Inside the Glasgow Cathedral you can also espy amazing stained glass works. This Cathedral is  also Glasgow's oldest building and is adjacent to Provand's Lordship, which is the oldest house in the city. Also, check out the St. Mungo Museum, which is across this medieval home. The High Street train station is a five- to seven-minute walk from the Glasgow Cathedral.

Stained Glass Work Inside Glasgow Cathedral
Stained Glass Work Inside Glasgow Cathedral

2. The Corinthian Club

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Posted by The Corinthian Club on Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Corinthian is a club that is located in one of Glasgow’s most beautiful edifices. This building formerly housed a bank and a judicial court and now has five levels full of cafes, bars, restaurants and a venue for events. You can have total fun and excitement by jumping from one establishment to another or you can try your luck by playing a few rounds at the high-end casino. Whatever it is you have in mind, the Corinthian Club has it in store for you.

The Corinthian Club

Address: 191 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DA, UK

Website: The Corinthian Club

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 10am - 3am

Price: 33 - 57 USD

3. The River Clyde

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Source: Photo by user Finlay McWalter used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The River Clyde is the most well-known river in Scotland. It stretches to about 170 kilometers (106 miles) long ending in the Atlantic. It plays an important role for locals because of the variety of edible fish in it. The river includes the powerful Clyde Waterfalls where water drops to a height of 75 meters (250 feet). These waters played an important role during the bustling cotton industry during the 19th century. Today, the river is among the preferred tourist destinations and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The River Clyde

Address: Cities of Glasgow, Greenock, Lanark, Bothwell

Opening hours: 24/7

4. Scottish rugby

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Posted by Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, 13 April 2019

Scottish rugby is the biggest sport in Scotland. Here in Glasgow, you can witness this exciting spectacle by watching one of the most legendary teams of all, the Glasgow Warriors! This is the only sports team that represents the city in a professional tournament. Steep in history, some of the most respected players who ever played the game once wore the warrior uniform. The team plays in the European Rugby Champions Cup and the Guinness PRO14 tournaments.

Glasgow Warriors

Address: Scotstoun Stadium

Website: Glasgow Warriors

Price: 31 - 57 USD

5. Clubbing

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


The club scene in Glasgow is like no other. With places like the Sanctuary, Sub Club, and a whole lot more hosting world-class local and international DJ’s, a whole night of fun and laughter with friends is at your hand. The party crowd in this city is always game when it comes to dancing and drinking the night away. With the best music played in the air, these clubs play a variety of genres like house, EDM, and hip-hop. So rally up the gang and enjoy the drinks and music.

The Sanctuary

Address: 59 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6PD, UK

Website: The Sanctuary

Opening hours: Mon & Wed: 10pm - 2am; Thu - Fri: 11pm - 2pm; Sat: 10:30pm - 2am (closed on Sun & Tue)

6. Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Necropolis with Charles Tennant Monument
Source: Photo by user Fotis Constantinidis used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Pere-Lachaise Paris is the inspiration for the Glasgow Necropolis. The cemetery is a huge piece of land and is acknowledged as one of the most important burial grounds Europe has ever known. Because it attracts both domestic and international tourists, Park Rangers strictly stand on guard to make sure everything is kept well. Travelers can pay their respects to some of Glasgow’s most respected departed citizens. Their tombs are marked in maps given to visitors.

Glasgow Necropolis

Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ, UK

Website: Glasgow Necropolis

Opening hours: 7am - 4:30pm (daily)

7. The Waverley

Posted by Waverley Excursions on Saturday, 9 February 2019

Hop on the PS Waverley and experience a one-of-a-kind ride. The ship was constructed and completed in 1946 and traverses the Clyde and the British Coast. It has been restored and maintained to its original form which gives passengers a unique way of sightseeing. In fact, it is the last paddle steamer for commercial use in the whole world. 2003 saw its inclusion in the list of National Historic Fleet. This is one of the best ways to see what Glasgow has to offer.

The Waverley

Address: Waverley Excursions Ltd, 36 Lancefield Quay Glasgow, United Kingdom

Website: The Waverley

8. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from the University of Glasgow Tower
Source: Photo by user DavidMcKenzie used under CC BY-SA 2.5

Kelvingrove Museum opened its doors to the public in 1901. Since then it has become a destination for both local and international visitors. Their exhibits are all displayed in 22 halls and galleries. These exhibits have various themes like historic Egypt, fine arts, animals, and a whole lot more. Most of their features can be appreciated by both young and old. To offer something new, some of the museums’ exhibits are changed periodically.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Address: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK

Website: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Opening hours: Mon - Thu, Sat: 10am - 5pm; Fri & Sun: 11am - 5pm

Price: Free

Travel tip by Glasgow Local Expert - Sumit
Posted on: Jan 07, 2020

This art gallery also houses Salvador Dali's famed work "Christ of Saint John of the Cross." The renowned artist dreamt of the painting, which is a metaphor for life. Make sure you take a leisurely stroll in the beautifully manicured gardens surrounding the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, which is in Glasgow's posh West End. You can enjoy a picnic here as you soak up some sunshine! Pick up some curios from the art gallery's gift shop or enjoy a cuppa at the coffee shop!

Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross
Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross

9. West Highland Way

Posted by The West Highland Way on Friday, 22 January 2016

Starting in Milngavie and ending in Fort William, West Highland Way stretches 154 kilometers (96 miles). With that, hikers have a long line of vistas to take in and appreciate. The scenery includes lakes, rock formations, jungles, parks, mountains, and fells. Because of the immense distance, hiking here has to be done strategically with professional guidance. The south part is easier and conditions hikers for the more rigid northern end. Hiking here is one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends.

West Highland Way

Address: West Highland Way, Management Group, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch G83 8EG

Website: West Highland Way

10. Scotch whiskey (from USD 41.0)

One of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the whole world is Scotch whiskey. When it comes to serving this relaxing drink, Glasgow is at the top of the heap with all of its bars and pubs. Because of this, tours are offered to travelers who want to know more about this specialty beverage. Here you will get a taste of some of the best single malt whiskeys you can put your hands on. Aside from that, you get the chance to see distilleries dedicated to making this drink. You can find Scotch whiskey just about anywhere in this city, including homes.

Glasgow City Centre Whisky Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Glasgow is heaven for travelers

These famous things in Glasgow can literally help make your vacation here and exciting adventure! Offering history and fun, these provide something that you will never experience in other cities. With everything it has to offer, Glasgow has now become a favorite tourist destination for both local and international travelers.

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