Glasgow Sights and Attractions
No time for a day trip? The sights and attractions below are all within a minute walk of the SEC.
This Zaha Hadid-designed waterside museum carries an extensive collection of vehicles including ambulances, buses, police cars, horse-drawn taxis and motor cars that look like they drove to Glasgow from the set of a 1930s action movie. Formerly housed in the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall, they’ve been cherished by Glaswegians for generations.
The Tall Ship
Right next to the Riverside museum lies the impressive late Victorian, three-masted Tall Ship that’s berthed outside the museum in the River Clyde – a stunning monument to Glasgow’s rich maritime heritage.
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions situated on the banks of the Clyde. We present concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways - interactive exhibits, planetarium, live science shows & Imax 3D cinema.
Just outside of the SEC, spot the Glasgow Harbour Tunnel Rotundas - two red brick stone rotundas which flank the River Clyde. The North Rotunda is located on Tunnel Street in the Finnieston area of Glasgow with the South Rotunda at Plantation Place in Govan. Built between 1890 and 1896 by Glasgow Tunnel Company, the Rotunda covered 24-metre-deep (79 ft) shafts to tunnels which enabled vehicular and pedestrian access to the other side of the river. Pedestrians, horses, and carts – and later motor vehicles – would be hauled up by hydraulic lifts.
The Finnieston Crane or Stobcross Crane is a disused giant cantilever crane in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. It is no longer operational, but is retained as a symbol of the city's engineering heritage. The crane was used for loading cargo, in particular steam locomotives, onto ships to be exported around the world. As many as 30,000 locomotives were hauled through the streets of Glasgow by Clydesdale horses, traction engines and diesel tractors, from the works at Springburn to the crane for export to the British Empire
Only five minutes’ walk from the SEC, explore Finnieston - a hip foodie hub of gourmet sandwich shops, artisanal coffee bars and trendy organic restaurants specializing in Scottish meat and seafood. Craft beers and gins are served up at stylish bars, while old-school pubs offer vast whisky selections and traditional folk music sessions.
Only 15 minutes from the venue, the leafy west end of Glasgow is known for its top attractions, quirky lanes, amazing food scene and relaxed vibe. Kelvingrove Park is another brilliant spot surrounded by things to do.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant including natural history exhibits, arms and armour, art works from many art movements and periods of history. Make sure your visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum coincides with the organ recitals which are daily at 1pm (3pm on Sundays).
University of Glasgow
At 560 years old, the University of Glasgow is a must visit spot in Glasgow’s west end. A stunning piece of gothic architecture you can explore the quadrangles and cloisters. The 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world boasts four museums: The Hunterian Museum; the Hunterian Art Gallery, The Mackintosh House and the Zoology Museum.
Visit the University of Glasgow's website for details on taking a self-guided tour of the stunning Cloisters and for more on each of its attractions.
Located in Glasgow’s West End, Ashton Lane borders the University of Glasgow and is renowned for its bars, restaurants and cinema. Its cobblestones and fairy lights give it a unique charm, particularly after dark, and the lane is always awash with locals and visitors enjoying its vibe.
Walk down one of the city's longest roads, Great Western Road, and stumble across vintage shops, old-fashioned street lamps, churches transformed into arts spaces and Glaswegian businesses with international reach, such as Timorous Beasties and Paulin watches.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
Founded in 1817, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End by the River Kelvin and contains a variety of plant collections, woodland copses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.
Kibble Palace is a magnificent glasshouse designed by John Kibble and houses the national collection of tree ferns.
Only a few minutes by train or a 20 minute walk, you can join the hustle and bustle of Glasgow city centre renowned for high street brands and designer stores in Princes Square, St Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries. The city's wealthy past has left a legacy of some of the finest Victorian architecture like the iconic City Chambers which sits majestically overlooking George Square.
Duke of Wellington
One of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks is an equestrian statue with a traffic cone on the rider’s head – Despite the best efforts of the local council, the statue of the Duke of Wellington in Royal Exchange Square is rarely to be found without (at least one) traffic cone on his head. It was listed in a 2011 Lonely Planet Guide as “one of the top 10 most bizarre monuments on earth”.
Gallery of Modem Art
Found in the heart of Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square, GoMA is FREE to enter. Scotland's most popular contemporary art gallery features modern works from international artists, housed in a graceful neoclassical building. The original interior is used to make a daring, inventive art display.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
This extraordinary mechanical theatre is located at the Trongate 103 arts centre and showcases, through a 30-60 minute shows, a series of large, wondrous figures sculpted from bits of scrap and elaborate carvings. Set to haunting music, the performances explore humorous and tragic stories of the human spirit.
The Mitchell Library is one of Europe’s largest public libraries with over one million items of stock and, with its distinctive green dome, is one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks.
The building opened in 1911 and is also home to the Mitchell Theatre, an exhibition hall and the Herald Cafe Bar. The Mitchell is a true hub of information and the library also includes the rare and specials collection, family history resources and local history resources.
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