Hello, all! I am building my itinerary for my trip to the UK and Ireland that starts in June. I'm starting in London for four days, then on to Scotland for 10 days with a tour group that ends in Glasgow. From there, I'm heading to Belfast and Dublin before returning to the States. My time in Glasgow will be solo and admittedly short. Right now, I'm working on my itinerary for Glasgow. I will be there for two nights, but only one day for sightseeing, then catching a plane to Belfast early the next morning. I'll be staying at the Youth Hostel there. Since I'll be near the end of this long trip, I'm not sure what level of exhaustion or tourist mode I'll be in, so I only want to hit one or two "Must See" places in Glasgow and any interesting local areas that aren't necessarily touristy. Any places I should put on my list? Any places or areas to avoid or aren't worth the time or effort for a short stay? Favorite pubs? Local cuisine I should make sure to try? Any tours that are worthwhile?
Tenement House for sure. If you're a Mackintosh fan look at the Art School but I don't think its critical to go on the tour unless the old building is open (can't remember their timeline), or you're a real! fan. Also tea or more at the Willow Tea Room.
I am going to second the recommendation of the Tenement House. I would also recommend seeing the Cathedral. It's the oldest in Scotland. Check out Pat Mcintosh's books based in the cathedral in the middle ages. Alternatively, think about the Riverside Museum. It's the former Transport Museum and has a beautiful new building on the Clyde. Glasgow is an industrial city and this museum reflects that heritage. The other museum is Kelvingrove in the west end. The building itself is wonderful and the organ is fantastic. I found the exhibits dated when I visited a number of years ago, but they may be updated
For what it's worth, here's how a New Yorker would spend 36 hours in Glasgow:
That's a great article and full of some good ideas. Thanks for sharing that. I love articles like that. I'll also be sure to add the Tenement Museum to my itinerary. Thank you!
The Kelvingrove has been refurbished in the last few years, and also hosts a number of roving exhibitions. Another couple of museums - St Mungo's (between the cathedral and its Tardis), the Burrell in the south of the city, and Scotland Street School. Scotland Street School and the Kelvingrove are both accessible via the Subway.