With so much to offer in Scotland’s largest city, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do in Glasgow. From art, museums and parks to trendy bars and delicious Scottish dishes to experience, there’s so much to fit into a short visit!
Need a hand planning your itinerary? Here at Accor Hotels we’ve got all the information you need to plan the best weekend break in Glasgow, with our curated pick of the best attractions, restaurants and entertainment on offer in this amazing city.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
First up on on our list of things to do in Glasgow on your weekend break is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the city’s most popular - and free - attractions. The huge, red sandstone building is a sight to behold in itself, and holds some amazing works of art and historical collections within its 22 galleries. From famous artwork including Salvador Dali, to natural and human history exhibitions, there’s something for everyone at the Gallery and Museum and its unmissable on a visit to the city!
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Once you’ve explored the museum, our next recommendation is to take a wander round the city’s beautiful botanic gardens. Just a 20-minute walk from the Gallery and Museum, the Gardens feature several large glasshouses, including the impressive Kibble Palace. You’ll find amazing botanical plants, a herb garden and stunning rose garden all within the Gardens, alongside a heritage trail that leads you through its points of interest.
Eat at: The Ubiquitous Chip
With its signature venison haggis, other regional Scottish dishes on the menu and extensive wine list, the Ubiquitous Chip is a must stopping by for some modern dining in Glasgow. Featuring cobbled floors, fairy lights and plants a-plenty, the restaurant has a trendy aesthetic and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Alongside its delicious food, the restaurant is also host to a wine club, whiskey club and jazz lunch too! Check out all its events here to catch one on your stay.
Glasgow Science Centre
On your second day in Glasgow, a visit to the city’s Science Centre is a must. Situated on the riverbank, the huge silver building is home to fascinating interactive science exhibits, a planetarium, a cafe and gift shops and Scotland’s biggest IMAX cinema! One of the best things to do in Glasgow for all ages, the Science Centre offers captivating and hands-on experiences about everything from physics and biology to space and electricity. Feeling brave? Make your way up to the top of its 127-metre rotating tower for amazing 360° views of Glasgow too! Prices for the Science Centre vary and can be found here.
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
As no visit to Glasgow would be complete without a quick visit to the city’s Cathedral and adjacent Necropolis, they’re next up on our list of things to do in Glasgow on your weekend break. An iconic landmark and stunning example of medieval and gothic architecture, the Cathedral is the Glasgow’s oldest building and a spectacular sight in the city. Right next to the Cathedral is the Necropolis, a huge 37-acre garden cemetery that offers more stunning architecture and fascinating history. Whether you catch one of the free guided tours or take a wander to explore yourself, it’s well worth a visit.
Eat at: The Gannet
Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing for the day, we recommend you wrap up your 48 hours in Glasgow with some fine-dining at the multi-award winning The Gannet in the foodie area of trendy Finnieston. With its exposed red brick walls, industrial metal work and floor-to-ceiling front window, the restaurant has a relaxed, warm and hip atmosphere and serves up a delicious menu of seasonal Scottish produce to enjoy on your last evening.
With so many sights to see, places to explore and things to do in Glasgow, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time in this trendy and bustling Scottish city. Follow our perfect weekend itinerary and you’re sure to make the most of your visit! Looking for hotels in Glasgow? Our Leonardo Inn Hotel Glasgow West End hotel is ideally located for exploring all the city has to offer.
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