Glasgow Tourist Attractions
Glasgow is an amazing city to visit and it’s easy to travel around thanks to its integrated transport system throughout the city. You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to the variety of attractions including museums, shops, galleries, festivals and concerts all of which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
There are many guided tours that travel around the city to give you a greater understanding of the city and its history. Tours can take you via foot around the city or by bus. Glasgow is placed in the ideal location to discover some of Scotland’s finest great outdoors. You can use the train links which travel through Glasgow’s two main stations Central and Queen Street.
In this article we’ll look at some must-see attraction for if you’re visiting Glasgow. Make sure your accommodation is situated either within walking distance of the city centre, or within a good distance of the many transport networks. That way you won’t need to trek for hours to reach your ideal location.
The Loch Lomond Aquarium and Sea Life Centre : If you are interested in the beauty of life under water, then one of the 6 attractions worth visiting in Glasgow is definitely the Loch Lomond Aquarium. Here you can adopt a creature and be responsible for its care for the year, offering a small donation or you can support the very worthy ‘Stop Whaling’ campaign. Take a tour of the aquarium and marvel at the abundance of sea life while you learn about interesting creatures in their natural habitat.
During the 19th century the Glasgow was one of the most important ports in the world and like Liverpool in England vast amounts of cash were invested into civic buildings by those who had gained huge wealth. In Glasgow a small number of entrepreneurs, known as the “Tobacco Lords” held much of the wealth of the city. In 1831 a competition was held to determine the design of the Necropolis which was to be comparable to Père Lachaise and sixteen designs were submitted. The Tobacco Lords, ever keen to display their wealth, seemed to compete with their grave memorials with increasingly more ornate sculptures and amazing architecture.
Many of the sculptures depict something relating to the life of the person buried below. The most striking monument is at the very top of the hill, the huge monument to John Knox. Looking around Glasgow Necropolis you will find superb works of art including a marble figure of a seated Charles Tennant and works in the Art-nouveau style including a Celtic cross by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Glasgow is an excellent example of a great Victorian city. Glasgow Cathedral, the city’s oldest building, is now a museum; numerous museums and galleries can be found in the city. Almost a million visitors a year are attracted to the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove. After a three-year restoration programme, it was re-opened and has been breaking visitor records worldwide.
The Glasgow Music Festival is an annual festival that covers music, speech, dance and drama. The festival was first held in 1911 and, for two weeks, a public platform for 7,000 performers is provided.Tourists have plenty of sights to see in this city on the River Clyde. Glasgow can also be a base to explore the neighbouring countryside, mountains, lochs, glens and coastline.