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What lies under the skin of a city like Glasgow? Well, quite a lot, since you asked. This is a city that, miraculously, has managed to spruce itself up without selling its soul. But if you seek more of the latter than the latte, here are the places where Glasgow comes at you in full, frantic, and fantastic fashion. And they’re all handily close to the city’s big hitters, so you can act like a tourist, and feel like a local.


See: Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

The Daddy of them all, Kelvingrove is Glasgow’s vast, Victorian storehouse of wonders could easily eat up a day’s (free) exploration. Impressionist masterpieces, suspended spitfires, stuffed elephants and all.

Argyle Street, G3 8AG

£: FreeKelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

See: The Clyde

Transformed into a tourist-friendly procession of exhibition halls, museums and high-tech museums, the mighty Clyde’s riverbank is home to the Zaha Hadid-designed, Riverside Transport Museum, the mighty Clydebank Titan Crane, and the diverting Glasgow Science Centre.

The Clyde, Glasgow

See: The Clydeside Distillery

Glasgow’s stills are flowing again at The Clydeside Distillery. Come down to the Queen’s Dock and immerse yourself in Glasgow history and watch craftsmen distil pure new make spirit by hand, the time-honoured way. Taste three wee drams from across Scotland and label your favourite to take home.

100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ

The Clydeside Distillery The Clydeside Distillery


Drink: Ben Nevis

Like whisky? You’ll love Ben Nevis. With its mountain of single malts (and yes, those shelves are wonky. You’ve not had one too many Ardbegs) and old school, stripped-back stylings, this is the real deal. A proper Weegie pub that’s been doing its thing, and doing it brilliantly, for over 15 years. Come at the weekend and you might catch a folk trio storming through some reels too. Perfect.

1147 Argyle Street, G3 8T


See: Pollok Country Park/Burrell Collection

A leafy escape from the hustle of the city, Pollok is a grand, historic country park, just three miles south west of the center. Head to the Burrell Collection – housing the lifetime collection of Sir William Burrell (a Scottish shipping merchant with an awfully good eye for art).

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, G43 1AT

£: Free

Pollok Country Park/Burrell Collection, Glasgow


Eat: The Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant

Also nestled within the park, Pollok House is an NTS property that should satisfy your inner Downton Abbey desires. But, surprisingly perhaps, it’s home to a really smashing restaurant, serving Scottish fare with a more than a touch of flare.

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, G43 1AT


See: House for an Art Lover

Glasgow’s spiritual patron-saint, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was part architect, part visionary. The enduring popularity of his sleek, restrained designs is captured perfectly at this building. Housed within the fine grounds of the city’s Bellahouston Park, the house is art gallery, exhibition space and testament to a unique talent.

Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW

£: Admission charged


Drink: Beer Cafe


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With its alfresco courtyard and bewildering array of world beers, Beer Cafe is the sort of place where a quick drink can comfortably settle into an impromptu session. And when there are 90 brews to choose – from Edinburgh’s excellent Innis & Gunn to Iceland’s crisp Einstok Arctic ale – what’s the rush anyway? Team your pale ale with a hearty pie, and watch the bustle of Merchant City go by.

Beer Cafe, Candleriggs, G1 1NP

See: St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life

Illuminating and really rather wonderful, over three floors this museum weaves together the world’s major faiths in a scholarly but approachable way. We love the Zen Garden too.  Don’t think this is for you? Try it – you may be surprised.

St Mungo Museum, 2 Castle Street, G4 0RH

£: Free 


Eat/drink: Drygate

Drygate brewery is wonderful. A celebration of the finer art of craft brewing, this huge space is part ‘experiential’ brewery (you can peer into the brewing process) and part gastropub, and wholly enjoyable.

85 Drygate, G4 OUT


Outside Image of Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

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