As the largest city in Scotland, the things to do in Glasgow are limitless. The city is situated on the River Clyde, in the country’s west central lowlands and exhibits stunning architecture as well as natural beauty. As the largest city in Scotland, the things to do in Glasgow are limitless. The city is situated on the River Clyde, in the country’s west central lowlands and exhibits stunning architecture as well as natural beauty.
To the south and west of the city, you will find the shopping districts of Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street, and the award-winning Buchanan Street. Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Glasgow and attracts thousands of consumers each year thanks to its varied mix of retail outlets and markets.
The main shopping centers are the St. Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries, with the exclusive Princes Square and Italian Centre focusing on designer goods. Glasgow is the second largest and most economically important retail sector in the UK after London.
For a night of fantasy and glamour, you should head to The Theatre Royal. As home to the Scottish Opera, it is an important cultural venue for the city. There are endless other theatres and galleries for you to explore on your visit to the city, these include Glasgow Film Theatre, Gallery of Modern Art, Centre for Contemporary Arts and The Lighthouse Museum for Architecture.
The city is also home to four institutions of higher education and the large student population vibrantly contributes to the community. There are so many things to do in Glasgow, with every kind of pub, club, café, and restaurant you can imagine. There are also many live music venues and many successful bands and artists have materialized from the city, which was awarded UNESCO city of music in 2008.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, The Merchant City was the exclusive district of the wealthy merchants. Nowadays the area has undergone a reincarnation as an uber-chic area providing luxury apartments, warehouse conversions, eateries and Glasgow’s most upmarket boutiques. It is the focal point for the city’s emerging cultural quarter as the area supports the huge growth in art galleries that started in the 1980s and is nurtured by Glasgow City Council. A large part of Glasgow’s LGBT scene can also be found here.
Glasgow’s West End has a distinctly bohemian atmosphere, brimming with tearooms, hotels, and boutiques and as a result is exceedingly popular with tourists and celebrities. The spire of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Glasgow University’s main building is a major local landmark that can be seen from miles around. This building is also the second largest Gothic Revival building in Britain. You could coincide your trip to the city with one of its key annual events, including the West End Festival, one of Glasgow’s largest events.
Glasgow has a rich and varied architectural landscape and one of the things to do in Glasgow that should not be missed is to discover the wonderful work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh was an architect and designer in the Arts and Crafts Movement and the main contributor of Art Nouveau in the UK. His most notable buildings are the Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tearooms, Scotland Street School Museum and the only church he designed, Queen’s Cross Church.
Glasgow is also a major port for the sport with the city being selected to host the 2014 Commonwealth games; this will be the third time the games have been held in Scotland. If you are looking for an active break, Glasgow is the place to visit. Every sport imaginable is well supported here and there are a number of outdoor activity centers to keep you amused.