Glasgow Attractions and places to visit

There’s loads of great days out, exhibitions and castles to explore around Glasgow. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for you to check out:

Glasgow Museums

Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery

The Glasgow Museums are one of the richest collections in Europe, displayed in 13 museums across the city. An ideal resource for visitors to the area looking for cultural attractions.

As there’s so much on offer, it’s worth checking their sites for details on each of the seperate museums for opening times and prices. You can browse anything from armour to animals with the GMRC (Glasgow Museum’s Resource Centre) and lose hours in Kelvingrove‘s gorgeous art and temporary exhibitions.

Glasgow Science Centre

Skull and nervous system display at science center

Glasgow Science Centre is located on the banks of the River Clyde opposite the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. There are exhibits, workshops, live shows, food and drink, IMAX cinema and shopping all under one roof as well as Glasgow Tower.

The Centre is open 7 days, 10.00am until 6.00pm and access to the museum costs £11 for adults and £9 for children extras like access to the Planetarium, IMAX and Tower costs extra.

It’s 7 miles, so will only take 16 minutes by car or taxi and makes for a great day out. See the tickets on their website for a more detailed summary.

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Visitor at the Art Museum and Gallery

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, the oldest public museum in Scotland. Exhibitions include Romans in Scotland during the first century AD, with emphasis on the Antonine Wall frontier.

You can visit the Hunterian is just further than the Glasgow Science Centre, so should be a 17 minute drive. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sundays 11-4pm but closed Mondays.

The best thing? It’s a great cultural afternoon out and it’s free admission to the main museum, £3-5 for entry to the Gallery and Mackintosh House.

Bothwell Castle

Bothwell Castle grounds near Glasgow

Bothwell Castle is Scotland’s largest and finest 13th century castle. It’s a haunting semi-ruin and will make you dream of the Scottish Wars of Independence in 1296 and King Edward I’s siege of 1301, medival feasts in the great hall and jousting on the lawns.

You can get to this incredible landmark within 30 mins drive from the airport. For just £5 for adults and £3 for children, buckle up for an historical ride!

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral dates back to 13th Century and the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete. Open all year and admission is free.

The Cathedral is just outside the centre of Glasgow and will take approximately 20 mins to drive from the airport in Paisley.

For the best idea of opening times and dates to suit your break, check the Cathedral site as times are seasonal and facilitate the Cathedral events.

Glasgow Botanical Gardens

Poppies in a botanical garden, a Glasgow Attraction

You can find the Botanical Gardens at 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE. A highly popular tourist Glasgow attraction is a centre education, conservation and research set in a fine glass house structure.

It’s opening Dawn-til-Dusk, their contact number is 0141 334 2422 if you want more details. It’s around 20 mins drive, a similar distance from the airport to the Cathedral.

Braehead Shopping Centre

Glasgow's Intu Braehead Logo

Braehead Shopping Centre: Intu

Tel: +44 (0)141 885 4600

E-mail: braehead.information@intu.co.uk

Website: intu.co.uk/braehead

Braehead Shopping Centre is located right of Glasgow’s M8 motorway, about 5 miles from the city centre and only 4 miles from Glasgow International Airport.

  • Now an Intu Shopping Centre, it hosts more than 100 Stores including: Argos, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, H&M and IKEA
  • Restaurants and cafes include: Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, KFC, Mcdonalds and Fat Jackets
  • Facilities: Car Parks, Toilets, Cash Machines and Exchange, Baby Changing Facilities, Shopmobility, Telephones, Shoppers lockers, Information Points
  • Leisure facilities: include: 4000 seat International Arena, Skating and Curling rink, Riverside Boardwalk and Clydebuilt – the Maritime Heritage Centre. Really, it’s the whole package.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 9.00pm, Saturday: 09.00am – 6.30pm, Sunday: 10.00am – 6.00pm

VisitScotland Tourist iCentre for Information

VisitScotland Logo for Glasgow Tourist iCentre for info on Glasgow Attractions

You can get more information on local Glasgow attractions from the Glasgow iCentre in the Gallery of Modern Art:

Address: Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Tel:+44 (0)141 204 4400

Email: info@visitscotland.com