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Things to do & see

Easy to get around on foot or by bus, subway or train, Glasgow’s city centre is a whirlwind of vibrant restaurants, great bars and brilliant shopping.

Being in such a centralised location also means you’re just a subway stop away from Glasgow’s trendy West End, easily within reach of the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond, a train ride away from the Scottish Highlands or a ferry trip to the Outer Hebrides.

Things to do

There are loads of things to do here in Glasgow.

With our high street, bars and restaurants open seven days a week, you’ll never be stuck for an opportunity to shop or spend an afternoon relaxing with friends.

You could take a tour of Glasgow on the City Sightseeing bus or spend an afternoon in Glasgow Green.

Next year, the city is host to the Glasgow European Championships. We're co-hosting the inaugural multi-sport event next year along with Berlin in Germany.  

We also have a number of exciting and vibrant festivals and events that happen throughout the year:

  • Celtic Connections - at the turn of the new year we celebrate our folk roots and music connections to cultures throughout the world. 
  • The Glasgow Mela - in the summer we have our biggest multicultural festival celebrating different cultures from across the world.
  • Glasgow Film Festival - we celebrate the many colours of film as we leave winter for spring
  • Glasgow Comedy Festival - a celebration of laughter at the end of March
  • Aye Write - our brilliant book festival that announces the arrival of Spring
  • Doors Open Day - in September you can explore over 100 of Glasgow’s most intriguing buildings for free

There’s definitely something for everyone in this bustling and busy city of ours.

Things to see

You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see in Glasgow.

We have more than 20 major museums and galleries as well as concert halls, theatres and cinemas.

The Riverside Museum, which you’ll find along the river banks of the Clyde, houses everything from skateboards to vintage cars along with replica Glasgow shops from 1895 right through to the 1980s.

Further along, in the West End there’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that’s home to some of Europe’s great art collections. 

Meanwhile, back in the city centre you’ll find the Gallery of Modern Art (also known as GoMA) which displays work depicting the interests and influences of artists from around the world.

There’s also the Glasgow Film Theatre (or GFT) on Rose Street, just off Sauchiehall Street, which first opened in 1939 and is the city’s specialised cinema, showing everything from classics to independent documentaries.