Many travelers give Glasgow a miss, but that's a shame. Glasgow is a workaday Scottish city as well as a cosmopolitan destination, with an energetic and expanding dining and nightlife scene, top-notch museums, and a unique flair for art and design. It's also a pilgrimage site for architecture buffs, thanks to a cityscape packed with Victorian facades, bold new construction, and the beloved works by hometown visionary Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Edinburgh may have the royal aura, but Glasgow has a down-to-earth appeal.
At a Glance
▲▲ Tenement House Perfectly preserved 1930s-era middle-class row house offering a time-warp experience.
▲▲ Tennent's Brewery Tour Scotland's biggest brewery, founded in 1740, offering hour-long tours of its 18-acre facility.
▲▲ Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Vast collection that includes the city's best Mackintosh works and paintings by the great masters.
▲▲ Riverside Museum High-tech, kid-friendly museum along the River Clyde dedicated to all things transportation.
▲ National Piping Center Small but insightful bagpipe museum with historic instruments and pipers sometimes on hand for demos.
▲ Glasgow Cathedral Rare example of intact pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral.
▲ St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art Secular, city-run museum promoting religious understanding and offering great views from the top floor.
▲ Necropolis Burial hill with grand tombstones of eminent Glaswegians from the city's Victorian glory days.
▲ Hunterian Gallery and Mackintosh House Two-for-one museum featuring works of Scottish artists and the reconstructed home of the country's greatest architect.
▲ Hunterian Museum Natural science museum housing everything from ancient Roman artifacts to animal oddities in a gorgeous university building.