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24 hours for free in Glasgow

24 hours for free in Glasgow

Glasgow is often unfairly compared to Edinburgh but Scotland’s ‘second city’ should win first place for a number of reasons. It’s definitely less crowded during the summer!

Synonymous with architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, there’s so much to discover in Glasgow that 24 hours may not be enough time to do the city justice…

The Mitchell Library

It may sound weird to suggest starting your trip by popping to the library but The Mitchell Library is worth it. Not only is it a great place to find tons of tourist info, you can enjoy a coffee at the café bar, admire the red-brick architecture – the building was opened in 1911 – or even watch a show at the in-house theatre.

People’s Palace and Winter Gardens

Stretch your legs with a short walk to Glasgow Green, then get stuck in to the city’s social history. The People’s Palace museum tells the story of the locals and the city from 1750 with paintings, photos, artefacts and archive footage. Afterwards, take a wander round the Winter Gardens, a Victorian greenhouse that’s home to many tropical and unusual plants.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

You can’t come to Glasgow and not visit one of the most popular museums in the world. The Kelvingrove houses an eclectic mix of 8,000 objects, including a Spitfire and a stuffed elephant! You can see arms and armour from around the world, natural history exhibits, and famous works of art, including one of the largest displays of Mackintosh’s work.

Glasgow Necropolis

Feeling brave? It’s time to take on the Necropolis, a 37-acre cemetery and ‘city of the dead’. You can take a free walking tour (although donations are appreciated), or stroll among the 3,500 monuments by yourself. Next to Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis is host to some stunning statues and allegedly 50,000 dead. Maybe not one for after dark…

Botanic Gardens

If the weather’s feeling a little chilly, pop into the Botanic Gardens and you’re instantly transported to a tropical rainforest. The iconic glasshouse, Kibble Palace, is filled with a forest of tree ferns, while the palm house is bursting with exotic plants. The surrounding grounds and woodland copses are great places for a sunny picnic, or indulge in afternoon tea at the Tearooms in the old Curator’s House. 

The Hunterian Museum

Glasgow is packed with unusual attractions, and The Hunterian Museum is no exception. Scotland’s oldest museum has collections of scientific instruments, Roman artefacts, Hunter’s own anatomical teaching collection i.e. body parts, objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and The Mackintosh House; the reassembled interiors of the designer’s Glasgow home. We told you it was unusual!

Round off your trip with a quick flit round the Gallery of Modern Art snap a selfie with the Duke of Wellington statue (with his infamous traffic cone hat) or just take in the beautiful buildings.

If you can bear to leave, jump back on board our sleeper service to London and we’ll bring you back home dreaming of greenhouses, graves and gruesome artefacts.

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