Things To Do
No one should leavecome to Glasgow withoutand not takinge part in the fantastic and "vibrant “music scene," either asin anthe audience member or on -stage. With all levels of venues catering toplaying all kindslevels of performers, if you aren’t a music lover when you come to Glasgow, you will be when you leave.
Hubs like Stereo and Flat 0/1 are where to go to find up-and-coming acts while bigger venues like the O2 ABC and the Barrowlands have been attracting acts from around the world for years.
The good thing about the Glasgow music scene is that it is big enough to attract non-localother musicians and thus be diverse, but small enough that you can get to know everyone.
Museums: Whether you are hypnotized by the kinetic artwork in the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, want to be grossed out by some pickled body parts in Scotland’s oldest public museum or want to see a free magic show in the world’s oldest music hall, Glasgow is teeming with a range of museums which are either free or extremely cheap.
Unlike many museums we have been to in the past, Glasgow seems to make an extra effort to make theirs thrilling for all ages, and after many years of living in Glasgow, there are still a lot of museums we haven’t visited. Meandering around a museumone is the perfect way to spend one of the many gloomy days Glasgow experiences.
Comedy: Whenever we have a visitor to show around Glasgow, the first thing we do is get tickets for The Stand so my guest can hear some local banter. Glaswegians are known for their particular sense of humor and it’d be a shame to not get completely confused by the foreign Weegie patter, fast-paced jabbing and the nightly joke about bloody Edinburgh. In the humor is where the spirit of the city truly lies, so make sure you pick a night with local comedians!
Parks: Although Scotland is not always blessed with the most beautiful weather, the rain does bring one good thing and that is the green. Glasgow is a very green city and in fact the name Glasgow comes from old Gaelic for ‘dear green place’. Although the city centre doesn’t have much green to speak of these days, the West End and the Southside have many beautiful parks with some fascinating features.
Our favorites are Victoria Park in Scotstoun with its ancient fossil forest and Pollok Country Park in the South Side which was voted Best Park in Europe in 2008. A hidden gem that every visitor should experience is the River Kelvin Walkway. This path is below ground level, away from the hustle and bustle of Great Western Road, and so is missed by many, which makes it that bit more secluded and special.
Shopping: The West End of Glasgow has some eccentric thriirft shops and vintage boutiques with clothes and accessories at fantastic prices. Our favorite places to go for a bargain are the few that are dotted around Partick Cross where Dumbarton Road meets Byres Road, and our personal heaven—, Watermelon on Great Western Road. Looking the part is only half of it; we’ve spent many rainy days rummaging through these mini-museums with friends. If thrifting isn’t your thing, Glasgow has the best high street shopping in the UK outside of London, so your shopping appetite is sure to be satisfied.
Cafés: Café culture is very much alive in the West End of Glasgow with students and some older hippie types filling up the rickety (probably vintage!) tables. Our personal favorites are Artisan Roast on Woodlands Road for Glasgow’s most delicious flat white or Tchai-Ovna on the hidden Otago Lane for a very bohemian and delicious Yogi Chai. But really, you’re guaranteed some deliciousness if you’re in this area of Glasgow. Sit down, get out the board games and spend the day figuring out how to get a triple word score with the worst letter combination.
Football: Not for the faint-hearted, Glasgow football crowds can often be rowdy and intimidating. Football fans in Glasgow are zealous to put it politely, but you really can’t beat the atmosphere of a Saturday game with a pie and a cup of Bovril in hand. It’s probably best to venture to a game with some locals who know the 411 of football etiquette, but if you feel up to braving it on your own, make sure to keep an eye on those around you and on your own belongings. The rivalry between the two major Glasgow teams, Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C., is extremely intense, and historically carried ethno-religious dimensions. In general though, if you stay clear of the hooligans and their “firms” and don’t look for trouble, trouble won’t find you.
Get out: Glasgow is wonderfully close to the Scottish countryside so it’d be a shame to stay in the city and not see the rest of this beautiful country. The West Highland Way leaves from Milngavie in Glasgow and is a 96 mile hike to Fort William taking you through some of Scotland’s most historichistorical and idyllic scenes. But this is just one week of activities: there is a lot to see and Glasgow has public transport services available to everywhere inall over the country, so make use of itthem!