With tourists flocking to Edinburgh, underrated Glasgow is far less crowded than its rival and we won’t complain about it! Long considered the engine of the industrial revolution in the UK, Glasgow has reinvented itself as Scotland’s cultural hub. Free museums, landmark buildings, a thriving music scene are there for your ears and eyes to enjoy.
Glasgow, or Glaschu in Scottish Gaelic, is Scotland’s largest cityand the third in the UK. Located on the river Clyde in West Central Scotland, Glasgow had reached nearly 600 000 inhabitants in 2014. According to the latest census, 1.7% of Glaswegians have some sorts of Gaelic language facility, positioning Glasgow far behind the Outer Hebrides with 61.2% but still in the top 5 council areas in Scotland for Gaelic language skills.
A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF GLASGOW
The story goes that Glasgow was founded in the 6th century by Saint Mungo, a Christian missionary who built a church where Glasgow Cathedral now stands. The rural settlement grew into a small town while it became a diocese with its own bishop.
Take A Tour Of The University Of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. Transferred from High Street to the West End in 1870, the “new” 19th century campus was built in flamboyant Gothic revival style that would leave any visitors gobsmacked.
Walk The Alleys Of Glasgow Cathedral And The Necropolis
Glasgow Cathedral also called St Mungo’s Cathedral lays at the heart of medieval Glasgow in the East End. Dating back from the 13th-15th century, the Cathedral is a great example of Scottish Gothic architecture. On the hill opposite the Cathedral is Glasgow’s Victorian cemetery laid out as a park offering one of the best views over the city landscape.
Lose Yourself In Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum
One of Scotland’s most popular attractions, Kelvingrove has something for everyone. From Scottish archeology to French Art, from Ancient Egypt to Natural History, an impressive 8000 items are on display, for free.
Visit Glasgow City Chambers
Glasgow city hall, better known as City Chambers, offers free tours twice daily and shouldn’t be missed. A highly knowledgeable local guide will take you through this grand Victorian building sharing all sorts of anecdotes on the history of the place and the people who worked within its walls.
Dine In The Merchant City
In the 18th century, warehouses were built by Glasgow’s Tobacco Lords in a district stretching from Queen Street to High Street. The neighbourhood has now been rejuvenated and renamed the Merchant City. The warehouses have become restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs nested into stunning 18th century architecture.
Stroll Around The West End and The Botanic Gardens
At the heart of Glasgow West End is Hillhead, a neighbourhood with a village feel that attracts students and hipsters alike. From there, explore cobbled Ashton Lane where you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants to suit anyone’s taste. Or head to the Botanic Gardens at the top of Byres Road where you can enjoy the tropical atmosphere of Kibble Palace, a 19th century glasshouse.
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Hi! My name is Chris and I am a Dublin-based travel blogger, originally from France. Travelling from the Shetland Islands to Brittany, from Cornwall to Donegal, I hope to inspire people to make the Celtic frontier their next adventure.Learn more