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Glasgow Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Welcome to Glasgow, the ‘Dear Green Place.’ Many visitors hop aboard the convenient one-and-a-half-hour flight from London to Glasgow and others take the easy hour long drive from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. A charming blend of refinement and earthiness, Glasgow is one of the world’s most unique travel destinations. There’s so much to do and see, which is why we’ve created a stunning tour of the city with our Glasgow Travel Guide Video. The footage from our video will give you insight into where to go and what to see while visiting this Scottish gem.

Ideas of places to visit in Glasgow

Below are some of the most popular places to visit in Glasgow. With ample stately Victorian homes, this city oozes charm and sophistication. Though Glasgow is also a city forged upon trade and infrastructure, and is dotted with fascinating structures of a more working-class origin. Our travel guide video takes you on a journey of the top Glasgow attractions and the very best spots to add to your travel itinerary.


George Square Glasgow Scotland UK2

George Square

(1:07 in the video) Named after King George III, George Square is the Glaswegians favorite central gathering place. Surrounded by some of the city’s best cafes, restaurants and bars, this central area is a fabulous choice if you’re wondering where to stay.


Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow Scotland UK2

Gallery of Modern Art

(1:30 in the video) What was once a stately mansion belonging to a well-to-do tobacco merchant is now an epicenter for culture and art. GoMA is a must-see attraction if you’re venturing out for some sightseeing in the heart of the city.


The Duke of Wellington Statue Glasgow Scotland

Duke of Wellington Statue

(1:55 in the video) The Duke of Wellington Statue has sat proudly atop his horse outside GoMA since 1844. However, since the 1980s a traffic cone has repeatedly appeared on his head. The cone-headed nobleman has become a notable Glasgow icon, and truly depicts the playful irreverence of the Scotts.


Glasgow Cathedral Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral

(2:38 in the video) If you’re planning a trip to Glasgow, you ought to add Glasgow Cathedral to your itinerary. The towering spires of this gothic cathedral truly are a sight to behold.


Glasgow Necropolis - Scotland UK

Glasgow Necropolis

(3:02 in the video) Behind the cathedral is Glasgow Necropolis. This cemetery is home to tens of thousands of graves which overlook the rest of the city. Take a walking tour of the graveyard to discover more about some of the notable Scots who have been laid to rest here.


Bothwell Castle

(3:21 in the video) If you’re planning a trip to Glasgow, you’re coming far too close to miss out on Bothwell Castle. Just a 20-minute drive from Glasgow Airport, this medieval battlement is the largest 13th-century stone castle in Scotland.


Hampden Park Glasgow Scotland UK

Hampden Park

(3:55 in the video) If you’re searching for things to do in Glasgow, take a look at the game schedule at Hampden Park. The electric atmosphere of a roaring football-crazy crowd is the quintessential Glasgow experience.


Queens Park - Glasgow Scotland UK

Queen’s Park

(4:19 in the video) Discover a tropical indoor oasis or wander the well-manicured lawns on a sunny day. Queen’s Park is one of the city’s most charming points of interest and the perfect destination for a leisurely picnic.


Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow Scotland UK

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

(4:55 in the video) Glasgow’s modern creativity shines at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, a local landmark. This venue holds a prestigious reputation for hosting some of the biggest events in the UK. It is certainly worth a visit.


The SSE Hydro Arena Concert Venue Glasgow Scotland UK

SSE Hydro

(4:55 in the video) One of the biggest concert venues in the world, the SSE Hydro can seat a whopping 12,000 people. Catch a concert while you’re here and see why it’s a favorite for esteemed touring performers.


Titan at Clydebank

(5:19 in the video) The Titan at Clydebank is a huge crane that stands as a testament to the city’s historic industrial might. It’s featured in our Glasgow travel video, however will be closed to the public until March 2019.


Botanic Gardens

(6:05 in the video) Spend a sunny morning in the Botanic Gardens. This gorgeous green gem in the heart of the West End area welcomes around half a million visitors every year. Head out on a guided tour to learn about its leafy inhabitants.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow Scotland UK

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

(6:22 in the video) With over 8,000 artifacts and pieces of art displayed through its halls, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an eclectic mix of creativity, culture and education. Housed in a stunning Spanish Baroque style mansion, it’s a fantastic spot to add to your travel itinerary.


University of Glasgow Scotland UK

University of Glasgow

(7:00 in the video) Roam the campus of one of the oldest universities in the world – the University of Glasgow. This fortress of education and knowledge has been operational since 1451. Its picturesque lecture halls and storied cloisters are magnificent works of historic architecture.


Inspiration for traveling to Glasgow

Like our video? Get even more inspiration of what to see and do from our still images of Glasgow. Here at Expedia, we love photography, and we love bringing you the very best photos from stunning destinations all over the planet.

Our online gallery is a fantastic resource to use as your itinerary planner. Browse through the pictures on our image gallery and start envisioning your next escape.

We also have heaps more travel guide videos on our YouTube channel. Admire hundreds of incredible destinations from all over the world, and discover the next amazing place to add to your travel bucket list.

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