As the largest city in Scotland, it is no surprise that there is a world of things to do and fun to be had in Glasgow.
Our Glasgow tours are a great way to see this city’s beautiful art galleries, historical National Trust properties, lush green parks, epic street art, and museums.
It is home to dozens of free museums and attractions, has brilliant craft food and drink, a thriving live music scene, a large number of Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings, and beautiful country homes and parks.
Although Scotland’s capital Edinburgh might be a more popular destination, Glasgow is less crowded and more authentic.
There is something in the city for everyone, whether you’re an art fanatic, love architecture or prefer pub crawling and experiencing live music. We have it all.
So, let’s look at what we typically get up to on one of our Glasgow tours.
First off, our museums:
The Kelvingrove Museum
Kelvingrove Museum was first opened in 1901 and is a huge favourite with our locals. Visitors can experience its spectacular architecture in a family-friendly atmosphere – a great place for children to learn about the history of our beautiful world.
At Kelvingrove museum, there are 22 galleries where one can explore and discover everything from animals to art, Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a whole lot more.
It’s not as if you can see these displays any time you want because they have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions to keep things fresh all year long.
So, it’s an authentic experience every time you visit.
Here you and your family can even listen to an organ recital, and on the weekends, there are many fun-filled family activities.
The Riverside Museum
An award-winning transport museum in the heart of Glasgow. What’s there to see at a transport museum? Over 3,000 objects all on display. This museum prides itself on exhibiting every means of transport known to man. Whether that be a skateboard, bicycle or train, it is all here including prams, cars and even boats. Hence, the Riverside Museum.
What we enjoy most about the place is that you can get hands-on with their many interactive displays.
If you like, you can climb aboard a train, tram or an old bus to feel exactly what commuting was like back in the day.
In Glasgow, we have a rich shipbuilding history of which you can learn about here too.
For the kids, why not explore the motorbike and car walls and even assist in putting out a fire with their interactive, real-life fire engine?
There are also touch screens panels full of images that span across decades, displaying memories and films that tell the extraordinary stories behind their unique exhibitions.
Now for some art:
The Hunterian Art Gallery
The Hunterian Art Gallery possesses one of the most outstanding public art collections in all of Scotland, and we are lucky to have it located right here in Glasgow. It was first founded in 1807, and its permanent displays boast incredible works from the Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Boys and even Rubens and Rembrandt.
There is even an outside courtyard display of modern works from various British artists.
What’s even more astonishing is that it is home to one of the world’s finest collections of James McNeill Whistler’s work, the largest holding of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work and the Mackintosh House in the form of reassembled interiors from his home in Glasgow.
The Hunterian Art Gallery is a splendid way to spend an afternoon appreciating art in a valuable way for the whole family.
Lastly, our Glasgow tours end at off at our city’s famous horse statue.
The Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington
We end off here because, after a day of viewing art and spending time taking in our world’s rich history, you will most likely want to sit down at a cafe or restaurant and enjoy some of our local cuisines.
We spend about 20 minutes taking in the statue and learning about its significance – The equestrian Wellington Statue is a statue of Arthur Wellesley, who was the 1st Duke of Wellington.
It’s located on the Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow which is a mere stroll away from a wide range of eateries and bars, perfect to end off an eventful day.
It is also located outside the Gallery of Modern Art, so if you are in the mood to admire more works from famous artists, you can do that too.
So, there you have it, what we get up to in a day on our Glasgow tours.