Glasgow locals enjoying the sunshine in George Square

Glasgow Things to do and see

Easy to get around on foot or by bus, subway or train, Glasgow's has a wealth of culture to explore. From iconic museums to world-renowned festivals, there's something for everyone.

Museums

As a campus university, we have some of the city's best museums right on our door step.

The Lighthouse, off Buchanan Street, provides a spectacular view overlooking Glasgow.

Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art is also a 5-minute walk away, right in the heart of the city. Afterwards why not explore Glasgow life through the years in the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.  The museum is only 10 minutes' walk from campus through the beautiful Glasgow Green.

On your return, pass by our city's oldest building, Provand's Lordship, which is on the doorstep of our halls. Built in 1471, it is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery in the sun

The city's West End is a short Subway ride from Buchanan Street. Here you can explore a range of art exhibitions in the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Meanwhile, the multi award-winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects detailing Glasgow's rich past. 

And don’t forget to visit the fascinating Hunterian Museum to see some of the collections from Strathclyde founder, John Anderson. Before moving to the Huntarian, these were housed in the Andersonian museum, where our Royal Collage Building now stands.

Sights

If museums are not for you, or you fancy a nice walk in the sun, there are plenty of other sights to see in Glasgow. Start your journey by heading to the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, located near the halls of residences. Just nearby is the local favourite, Glasgow Necropolis, where you can get a stunning view over Glasgow. 

Continue your journey down High Street and take in the street art on our buildings whilst heading to the Merchant City. This upmarket area of Glasgow, with its beautiful architecture and narrow streets, is a highlight of the city, perfect for a meal or refreshment.

Statue of the Duke of Wellington with traffic cone on its head, in Royal Exchange Square

Afterwards, head along to Royal Exchange Square. Here you will see the Glaswegian humour in its fullest with the statue of Duke of Wellington, complete with a traffic cone on his head. This typical display of local comedy has become something of an iconic image of the city. If the Duke’s ‘hat’ is missing, you won’t need to wait long to witness someone trying to put it back on! 

To finish your city centre tour head to George Square and City Chambers. Whilst popular with locals and tourist alike during the day, it is best viewed after dawn to see the Beaux-Arts architecture lit up in all its glory.

Culture

Glasgow is full of exciting festivals and events all year round. The calendar kicks off with Celtic Connections which runs from mid-January into early February. A celebration of folk, roots and world music, Celtic Connections is a highlight of the Glasgow programme.

Later on in February is the Glasgow Film Festival, which is the leading film festival in the UK. It features new local, and international movies, as well as classics and cult films. 

Glasgow Live Comedy Festival features both local and world-famous comedians performing in venues across the city in March. Kicking off the summer in June is the month-long West End Festival. Featuring music events, exhibitions and more, the festival is a vibrant highlight of Glasgow's calendar.

Merchant City Festival follows in late July and offers a diverse range of events to cater for all tastes. Expect to see visual arts, dance shows and music events, as well as a range of street food stalls.

The World Piping Championship in August sees the world's best pipe bands compete in Glasgow Green. Most of the competitors also stay in our halls of residence, with practice sessions often found throughout campus.

Parks

For those dry days, there are plenty walks and parks in Glasgow to enjoy the outdoors with friends. In fact, Glasgow means 'dear green place' and the city boasts more than 90 parks and gardens open for all the public.

People's Palace and Terracotta Fountain, Glasgow Green

A 10-minute walk away from Campus is Glasgow Green. Across in the West End, the beautiful Kelvingrove Park and Botanic Gardens are highlights.The south side offers Queens Park and Pollok Country Park, with the latter hosting runs every Saturday morning. 

Find a useful list of walks here, and explore the many green spaces that our city has to offer. 

Some iconic spots of Glasgow

  • The River Clyde at night with the Finnieston Crane, Clyde Auditorium, Hydro, and Clyde Arc in view

    River Clyde at night

    With the Hydro, Finnieston crane and Clyde Arc in view

  • Glasgow Cathedral on a winter's day

    Glasgow Cathedral

    A short walk from campus

  • Locals sitting on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall looking down Buchanan Street

    Steps of the Royal Concert Hall

    Looking down Buchanan Street

  • Inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Free to enter and houses one of Europe's great art collections

  • Glasgow City Chambers on a sunny day

    Glasgow City Chambers

    In George Square, just a few yards away from campus

  • Gallery of Modern Art at Christmas

    Gallery of Modern Art

    In Royal Exchange Square

  • Kibble Palace at the Botanic Gardens

    Botanic Gardens

    A short 10 minute ride by Subway from Buchanan Street

  • Glasgow Science Centre lit up at night

    Glasgow Science Centre

    On the edge of the River Clyde

  • House for an Art Lover in the sun

    House for an Art Lover

    Designed by famous Scottish artist and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

  • Tollbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross

    Tollbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross

    A short walk from campus

  • The cobbled streets of Ashton Lane on a sunny morning

    Ashton Lane

    Just round the corner from Hillhead subway station

  • The River Clyde at night with the Finnieston Crane and Hydro in view
  • Glasgow Cathedral on a winter's day
  • Locals sitting on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall looking down Buchanan Street
  • Inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Glasgow City Chambers on a sunny day
  • Gallery of Modern Art at Christmas
  • Kibble Palace at the Botanic Gardens
  • Glasgow Science Centre lit up at night
  • House for an Art Lover in the sun
  • Tollbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross
  • The cobbled streets of Ashton Lane on a sunny morning