Glasgow Attractions & Tours

Activities & Attractions

Glasgow is a great destination for a day out, long leisurely weekend, group get together, or a fun-filled family holiday. While you are visiting Glasgow you can enjoy the many fantastic activities on offer in the city to make your holiday experience complete.

You will find attractions in Glasgow to suit every member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, whether they are the nature-loving outdoor type, sporty, adventurous, shopaholics, history buffs or culture vultures.

With every type of activity available in Glasgow, you and your family will never get bored. There are lots to see and do in the city, so make plenty of time to come and explore the area and enjoy yourself. With sports of all descriptions, guided walks, and tours, water-based activities such as sailing, swimming or paddling, stately homes and historic buildings to admire and explore, and the more leisurely pursuits of concerts, recitals, plays, and films also on offer.

The area has many cultural attractions and is home to a number of well-known theatres, galleries, and parks. There are museums that are unique to the city and are both educational and entertaining for all the family.

Glasgow is known as a great destination for a short break or longer holiday because of a number of attractions on offer in a relatively small and defined area. However, most people who visit for a short time, leave wishing they had more time to see all the things they had missed.

Tours in Glasgow

Glasgow is an amazing and very historic city which has much to offer the visitor to the region.

There are many ways to get the best from a holiday or excursion to Glasgow, but one of the most appealing, and informative, is to take a tour. You will gain a great insight into the area you are visiting from a historical and local perspective, and find yourself captivated by this wonderful city.

Coach and sightseeing tours will take you on a voyage of discovery, where you can familiarise yourself with not only the topography of the area but also get to know the local crafts and delicacies.

Take a coach tour through the stunning Glasgow outskirts and city center, and find yourself transported back in time with the historic buildings and the gorgeous landscapes.

Tours are ideal for all the family, you can enjoy the great outdoors, lots of fresh air, and plenty to see, which will keep everyone entertained.

Our stunning selection of the best Glasgow tours has something to please everyone for a great day out.

Places to Go in Glasgow

Boutiques and Unique Shops

If you are looking for those all-important shopping opportunities while you are in Glasgow, then look no further. We have the most mouth-watering selection of the very best that the city has to offer. From high fashion Haute Couture to delicatessens, Glasgow has a fantastic selection of boutiques and unique shopping experiences.

Real shopaholics love to find a truly unique specialist boutique, selling specialties that can be found nowhere else, be that clothes, footwear, handbags, bread, coffee, tea, or other gastronomic delicacies. Some of the produce you will find in Glasgow boutiques and unique shops can be found nowhere else in the country, so take advantage of our superb selection of retailers to enhance your visit to this beautiful, verdant and historic city.

There’s nothing quite like finding that perfect little boutique filled to the brim with gorgeous accessories, fab footwear, or luscious objects of desire, and Glasgow has plenty to offer the avid shopper. There are simply stunning dresses from designer couturiers and one-of-a-kind garments that no one else will have, just waiting for you to discover.

Delicatessens are a veritable cornucopia of delights, which lift the spirit with their delicious smell, and delightful colors of the product inside. A feast for all the senses, a Glasgow specialty deli has a wealth of local produce and specialty items.

Craft shops selling locally handmade items by craftsmen abound in Glasgow. The country crafts and traditional products of the area are kept alive in these colorful boutiques, where you will be able to find all sorts of treasures and presents for loved ones. From stained glass and pottery to paintings, knitting, leatherwork, basketwork, quilts, and jewelry: craft shops in the city have a superb selection of beautifully designed objects for everyone.

Restaurants, Pubs, and Cafes

The choice of outstanding restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Glasgow is vast and is limited only by taste, ambiance, and location.

There is every kind of restaurant available for a truly memorable and sumptuous meal, and there are pubs and cafes which lend themselves to a quick bite on more of a budget. The range of world cuisines is comfortably covered in Glasgow with cozy French bistros, traditional British gastropubs and flamboyant Italian trattorias all within close proximity to each other.

With its outstanding beauty, Lanarkshire is where fresh local ingredients really are on the doorstep. Many of the city’s restaurants and pubs serve only regional produce, much of it organic, catering also for vegetarians, as well as vegans.

Glasgow has the variety to cater for every taste, whether you choose an authentic Indian or Chinese menu, or any other Asian cuisine including Thai or Vietnamese. Glasgow restaurants have a diverse feel to them and your choice of restaurant may be dependent upon location.

It is not the only dinner that is a gastronomic experience in Glasgow, many restaurants, and café bars open early to serve a truly memorable Glasgow breakfast. Whether you are choosing somewhere to hold a business breakfast meeting or a visitor who wants to hit the sights early, it is the perfect way to begin the day. Similarly, there is an abundance of places to choose for a three-course lunch or a quick bite whilst visiting Glasgow shops and visitor attractions.

The choice of pub may be location driven or may depend upon the facilities offered by the venue, such as outside dining space. Several local pubs offer entertainment or themed evenings which may be in the form of live music, stand-up comedians, quiz nights or perhaps darts or snooker matches. Our selection of Glasgow’s best pubs will ensure that whichever you choose your lunchtime or evening will be a memorable one.

Things To Do In Glasgow

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.