Scotland is rich in things to do and see, and its largest city has some of the top sights in all of Europe. Glasgow is home to many features that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Here are five sights you should not miss if you decide to visit Glasgow.
1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
In 2003, Kelvingrove closed for major refurbishments. When it reopened in 2006, it became Scotland’s favorite tourist attraction, and it only took six months to bypass Edinburg Castle. The history of the museum dates back to 1870 when the original building was the Kelvingrove Mansion.
2. Glasgow Cathedral Precinct
The primary structure of the Glasgow Cathedral was built at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest building in the city. Some of the features came from other cathedrals of the 12th century. In the 15th century, the organ loft and the Blacader Aisle were added. In the 1960s, stained glass windows were installed that were considered the best of their time.
Saint Kentigern (or Mungo as he was most often remembered) spaces glasgow has his tomb in the Lower Church. He founded a monastery on the site in the 6th century. Another part of the area is Provand’s Lordship, which is the only manses (houses) of the canons (workers in the Cathedral) remaining.
3. Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
The Gardens are in the West End of Glasgow at Kelvinside. They lie between the Great Western Road, the River Kelvin, and Queen Margaret Drive. The glass houses are home to some of the most exotic and temperate plants from around the world.
Kibble Palace underwent a massive reconstruction and reopened in 2006.
4. The Mackintosh Ten
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect and designer in Scotland who represented the Art Nouveau movement in the United Kingdom. When he died in London in 1928, he left a wealth of architecture and sculpture in Glasgow. Although each building is worth seeing on its own, putting these top ten together relieves the necessity to pick one as the best.
The buildings include the Lighthouse, Martyrs’ Public School, the Mackintosh House, Daily Record Building, Willow Tea Rooms, Queen’s Cross Church, Ruchill Church Hall, School of Art, Scotland Street School Museum, and House for an Art Lover.
5. Gallery of Modern Art
Since opening in 1993, the Gallery of Modern Art has displayed contemporary art of local and international artists including sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and more.