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There are three cities in Scotland that we must visit at all costs. Inverness as the main city of the Highlands, Edinburgh as the capital of Scotland and Glasgow as the large and different of them all. For the latter today we offer you to see in Glasgow in a single day. A city where the main monuments are very close at hand and where the long hours of daylight in the summer help us to take advantage of our short visit.


What to see in Glasgow in one day

What to see in Glasgow in just one day

Glasgow is by far the most different city from all those that inhabit Scotland. Unlike the rest, where the buildings are low and their facades are very similar to each other, in Glasgow there is an air more central European. Tall buildings, of different shapes and colors make us think that we are in a city outside British territory.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Map of Glasgow

Glasgow is usually visited in one day, using it as a city of passage since the main attractions of Scotland are the Highlands and the cities of Edinburgh and Inverness. Trips that do not usually exceed 15 days and therefore Glasgow always remains in the background. Even so, it is an interesting city and well worth a stop. Here is a brief list of the main places we visited on our last trip to Scotland.

1 St Mundo's Cathedral (Glasgow Cathedral)

Apart from the bustling center of the city is the Glasgow cathedral at East end. A dark Gothic temple both outside and inside dating from around the fifteenth century.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Glasgow Cathedral

Inside, its stained glass windows stand out, some quite modern and the shield collection. In addition, his crypt is worth visiting, where we will find the sepulcher of San Mungo, an important saint who brings pilgrims every year.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Glasgow Cathedral

Free access. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Located at the other end of the city where the cathedral is housed, we have the Kelvingrove Museum in West End. A slightly anarchic museum given that it shows almost everything. Archeology, fine arts, things of the first and second world war, natural sciences, ..., etc. Not only are the exhibitions worthwhile, the building itself is a beauty.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Kelvingrove

Free access. Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

3 Riverside Museum

On the banks of the Clyde River we have a lot of things to visit. For example, himRiverside Museum, although we can also call him the Glasgow Transport Museum. In it we have several collections of cars built in Scotland, locomotives, trams and even bicycles.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Riverside ueum

On the shore we have the Glengee, a ship from the late 19th century that was used as a school ship.

Free access. Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

4 Glasgow Science Center

A modernist court building houses the Glasgow planetarium and a set of IMAX-type cinemas. A perfect place to go with children where they will enjoy the fun touching all kinds of interactive exhibits.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - Glasgow Science Center

From 11.50 pounds. Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

5 The Clyde Auditorium or SEC Armadillo

The main auditorium of Glasgow and whose similarity, in small proportions, reminds us of the Sydney opera. This has been used in many types of events, but perhaps the most curious thing is that it will be used to record the Factor X and Got Talent programs.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - SEC Armadillo

6 University of Glasgow

Considered one of the oldest universities in Scotland and the world, dating from the fifteenth century. Its location close toKelvingrove MuseumAfter crossing a leafy park, it makes your visit a must. Especially since its access is open to all audiences.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - University of Glasgow

Free access.

7 People's Palace

Located just behind the rest of important monuments, the People's Palace It is a good option for those of us who have visited Glasgow Cathedral and we want to come by the river walking downtown.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - People's Place

It contains a museum part of the history of Glasgow and in its back a garden of tropical plants.


What to see in Glasgow in one day - People's Place

Free access. Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8 Buchanan Street Surroundings

Buchanan Street It is the main commercial avenue of the city and where the majority of tourists who visit the city gather. It is simply a place to go shopping and have a snack.


What to see in Glasgow in one day Scotland 7: 1 (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Language…
  • Neil Wilson, Andy Symington
  • Publisher: GeoPlaneta
  • Issue no. 7 (04/07/2017)
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Practical data

Before leaving for Scotland

  • Search and compare flights at the best price
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental found a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the Highlands

When to visit Glasgow?

Ideally, visit it during the week before the end of September. Many hours of light and a little less rain we will have. The umbrella always at hand!

Glasgow tours

Two options available for Glasgow. The traditional tourist bus where we can see everything quickly and a very special tour.

Glasgow tour bus

Glasgow whiskey tour

Where to sleep ?

There is a lot of accommodation available but most of their visitors end up sleeping in the center. There are from luxury hotels, overlooking the castle and some more or less economical hostel.

  • Alexander Thomson: renovated rooms, comfortable and good price according to days.
  • Motel One Glasgow: comfortable hotel, well located and with a pool !!! Modern building and parking.
  • Mclays Guest House. Economic option. Simple rooms

How to get around Glasgow?

We have a small subway of 15 stations whose cost is 1.50 pounds one way. Go all the way around the city. There are also bus services from 1.20 pounds, although the ideal is to buy a ticket valid for a whole day.

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