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Edgy, down to earth and lively is how many would describe Scotland’s largest city. Once known for its gangs, slums and industrial dereliction, a cultural renaissance over the past few decades have ensured today’s city is far from the Glasgow written in the history books. Luxury hotels, killer cuisine, and cutting-edge creative industries thrive here, while its close proximity to the beautiful natural surroundings beyond the city is also a selling point. During Glasgow tours and day trips from Glasgow, visit attractions like the Glasgow Cathedral, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Lighthouse, Buchanan Street, the Riverside Museum, the Glasgow Science Centre and more. Book popular Glasgow tours and explore the city without burning a hole in your pocket.
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Our tips for Glasgow

  • Head to the highlands. Make a day trip to the Scottish Highlands and you’ll be greeted with craggy peaks, beach hideaways and lochs at every turn. When considering the things to do in Glasgow and beyond, a tour of this epic region is a must. Say your prayers at the Glasgow Cathedral. An astounding example of Gothic architecture and the only mainland Scottish cathedral to survive the Reformation intact, this cathedral is well worth a visit. This Glasgow attraction is also the final resting place of the city’s patron saint, St Mungo.
  • Get to know the locals. We can’t speak for everyone, but on the whole, Glaswegians love a good chin-wag. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation, the best way to get to know a city is through its locals.

Good to know

As the largest city in Scotland and fourth in the United Kingdom, Glasgow's name originates from the Gaelic "Glaschu," which translates to "green valley."

Glasgow has repeatedly earned the title of "World's Friendliest City" by notable travel publications such as Rough Guides and Conde Nast Traveler.
The Glasgow Subway, which is commonly referred to as the "Clockwork Orange," holds the distinction of being the third-oldest underground metro system globally, following London and Budapest.

Among its notable contributions to the music industry, Glasgow has given rise to several prominent musicians, including Franz Ferdinand, Travis, and Simple Minds. In recognition of its vibrant music scene, Glasgow was granted the title of UNESCO City of Music in 2008.

The University of Glasgow, which was established in 1451, holds the distinction of being the fourth-oldest English-speaking university in the world.
Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, attracting participants from 71 nations who competed in 17 different sports. Glasgow is renowned for its unique Victorian architecture, exemplified by striking landmarks such as the City Chambers, the Mitchell Library, and the Glasgow School of Art.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Glasgow?
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    Avoid the city in the bitter winter months when cold and short days rule. Instead, plan your sightseeing adventures for the warmer months between March and August. Budget airlines servicing routes to and from Glasgow airport have thankfully lowered travel costs significantly in the past few years, with travel to the city now relatively affordable year-round.

  • Q: What is the best way to reach Glasgow?
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    Glasgow can be reached conveniently via air, rail, and road, as it has its own international airport, Glasgow Airport (GLA), situated only 8 miles to the west of the city center. Additionally, the city boasts two significant railway stations, Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station, that offer links to major cities throughout the UK.

  • Q: How do I get around Glasgow?
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    Finding your way around Scotland’s largest city can prove testing. Keep these travel tips handy and you’ll be navigating your way through Glasgow in no time. For day tours outside of the city, a hire-car can be helpful. For those happy to stay put, a car really isn’t necessary. With frequent buses and an accessible metro system, Glasgow is an easy and affordable city to explore. On your Glasgow tours, we recommend grabbing a FirstDay pass for a full day of travel on the city's First bus network.

  • Q: What are some must-see attractions in Glasgow?
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    Glasgow presents an abundance of options to entertain visitors, ranging from historic landmarks and museums to parks and bustling shopping streets. Notable attractions include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Cathedral, the Riverside Museum, and the Glasgow Necropolis.

  • Q: What is the tipping etiquette in Glasgow?
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    Although not obligatory, it is customary to give a gratuity of 10-15% at restaurants in Glasgow if the service has been satisfactory. Furthermore, it is typical to round up the fare for taxis or to offer a small tip to hotel staff for exceptional service.

  • Q: Any tips for staying safe in Glasgow?
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    Glasgow is a relatively safe city but it’s always best to keep your wits about you in a new place. Keep these tips in mind when in the city.

    In case of emergency, dial 999. Glasgow’s ample green spaces such as Kelvingrove Park are lovely throughout the day, but have no lighting in the evening in order to protect wildlife. Walking in the parks after dusk should be avoided. As always, keep your personal belongings safe and secure when in busy areas or known tourist sites. It’s best to divide up your valuables between bags and wallets.

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