Things to do and see in Glasgow


Glasgow is a city bursting with life, energy, passion and personality. Scotland’s largest city is home to an array of remarkable museums, visitor attractions and galleries – housing one of Europe’s largest civic arts collections and a cutting edge contemporary visual arts scene that is envied across the globe.

From Mackintosh to Modern Art, Dinosaurs to Dali, the Tall Ship to Tearooms, Beer to Bowling, Science to Scottish Football – the city’s vast array of visitor attractions have something to suit every taste.

One of the beauties of Glasgow is its compact size, making it easy for visitors to explore the city’s positively diverse neighbourhoods, as well as the incredible range of built heritage, which spans Victorian to Art Nouveau (courtesy of our most famous son Charles Rennie Mackintosh) to ultra-modern.

Lonely Planet describes Glasgow as ‘a shopaholic’s paradise’ and home to ‘the best and most eclectic dining city in Europe’. Whilst it was the city’s legendary music scene, which was singled out by the National Geographic Traveler when they named Glasgow as one of the 20 ‘Best of the World’ destinations for 2016.

The city’s unique style is further enhanced by its year-round events programme with the designation as a UNESCO City of Music firmly setting the seal on Glasgow’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier cultural capitals.

Glasgow is also ideally located at the gateway to some of the country’s most stunning scenery.

The experience of the city is gelled together through the warmth, friendliness and humour of Glasgow’s citizens; and this in turn is reflected within an award-winning city brand, PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW.

Useful Information

Pound Sterling (£)


ATMs widely available. There are also a number of Bureaux de Change.

Credit and debit cards accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Some smaller shops and guesthouse accommodation may only accept cash.


The summer months (June to September) can vary between mild and warm and sunny, with the advantage of up to 16 hours of daylight for visitors throughout the summer.


City Map
Glasgow City Map for hints and tips on places to visit in Glasgow, theatres, concert halls, shopping centres and more.


VisitScotland iCentre
Visit Scotland’s iCentres in Glasgow are located at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Argyle St, G3 8AG) and also the Gallery of Modern Art (Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH). Visitors will be able to speak to VisitScotland’s Visitor Service Advisors, make cashless ticket and accommodation bookings and pick up a range of information to take with them on their travels around Glasgow and across Scotland. For more info visit their website here.


Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.


VAT (Tax)
All purchases, with the exception of food, books and children’s clothing, are subject to VAT, which is currently 20%. This is already included in the price shown in shops.

Visitors from non-EU countries can claim a refund of VAT from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme. You can find information on how to reclaim sales tax by visiting the HM Revenue & Customs website.


Visa requirements
Visitors to Scotland must hold a valid passport before starting their journey and children may require their own passports.

All visitors who wish to enter the UK must meet the requirements of the UK immigration regulations.

EU citizens can stay in Scotland for as long as required. Visitors from other European countries outside the EU can stay for up to three months.

Visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, can stay for up to six months, providing they have a return ticket and funds to cover the trip

Visitors from any other country in the world will require a visa.

Application forms and information on how to apply for a visa, as well as guidance for visitors coming to the UK, is available on the UK Border Agency website.


Faith Communities
For information about faith communities and places of worship in the city of Glasgow click here.








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