Glasgow VS The World: A Brit’s Guide To Glasgow’s Best Bits
Having travelled the world perpetually for over five years I like to think that I know of most of the notable landmarks situated across the globe. From the Sydney Opera House to the Tower of London, I’ve visited a wealth of inspiring architectural icons over the course of my adventures.
Inspired by the quiz I’ve compiled a guide to Glasgow’s best bits. Planning a visit to the city? Take a look below for my favourite things to do in the ‘Second City of the Empire’!
#1 EXPLORE SHARMANKA’S KINETIC THEATRE
Founded by the famous sculptor Eduard Bersudsky in 1989, this unique theatre features mechanical sculptures made of old scrap metal, furniture, and carved figures.
The displays are kinetically choreographed to haunting music and coordinated lighting that tell the tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death. The theatre is designed for all ages and makes a great outing for families and theatre groups alike.
#2 WANDER AROUND SCOTLAND’S DOWNTON ABBY
Okay, so Pollok House isn’t really Downton Abby but it’s as close as you’ll get in Scotland. The exquisitely manicured landscape and wide green spaces of the 146-hectre park make for a wonderful day trip from Glasgow. The exquisite property was home to the Maxwell family for 700 years.
Tour the opulent rooms, including a library home to over 7000 books, and you will be transported back to a time where grandeur was commonplace. The collection of visonary paintings by William Blake and collection of Spanish paintings (including El Greco’s enigmatic ‘Lady in a Fur Wrap’ and works by Coello and Murillo), are something you shouldn’t miss.
#3 EXPLORE GLASGOW’S BOTANICAL GARDENS
Located on the West End near the River Kelvin, the Glasgow Botanical Gardens are the perfect place for families and those who love the outdoors. Take a stroll, jog along the riverside, or explore the plethora of plant life and woodland located throughout the gardens.
Call into Kibble Palace, a glasshouse bursting with vibrant plants and trees from tropical rainforests around the world. Then, take a break in the Botanical Gardens Tearoom and indulge in teas and treats sure to satisfy any palate.
#4 GO LOCOMOTIVE AT THE RIVERSIDE MUSEUM
Winner of the European Museum of the Year, this free attraction is home to some of the finest cars and bicycles in the country. Just outside is a beautiful sailing ship with a children’s play area constructed within the cargo hold and a treasure hunt guaranteed to entertain for hours! An awesome family day out, this totally free attraction is a wonderful way to spend a sunny day.
#5 STROLL THROUGH THE GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
Whether you are religious or not, the Glasgow Cathedral is well worth a visit. With it’s medieval interior and Gothic architecture, the 15th century building summons images of knights in armour riding their horses on cobbled streets.
The 14th century restored roof protects the dramatic stained glass windows and religious art within. The magnificent stone choir screen depicts the seven deadly sins along with 4 stained glass panels that represent the Apostles. This breathtaking structure is a must see for any visitor to the city.
#6 TAKE IN THE IMPRESSIVE BURRELL COLLECTION
Sir William Burrell, one of Glasgow’s most famous and wealthiest citizen’s gifted this unique and eclectic collection to the city; throughout his life he amassed everything from paintings by Degas to Chinese porcelain. Focusing on late medieval and early Renaissance Europe, the collection contains important examples of Chinese and Islamic art, French Paintings, and Ancient Civilisations. Don’t forget to peruse the beautiful park and Highland cattle nearby to complete the experience.
#7 CHALLENGE YOUR INTELLECT AT LIVE ESCAPE GLASGOW
This attraction is not for everyone but is one of Glasgow’s most unique. Guests in groups of two to five are locked in a cryptic room and given one hour to find their way out by solving brain teasers, riddles, and puzzles. The only tools you’ll have to assist you are your own problem solving abilities, teamwork, and your powers of observation. This is an experience perfect for those who love a challenge and is a great way to spend a day!
Have you spent time in Glasgow? Share your recommendations with me below!