Glasgow – famous for shipping, football, and once one of the richest cities in the world thanks to its role as a bustling port.
With the steady decline of the shipbuilding industries that where once the city’s hallmark, the 20th century saw Glasgow fall on hard times, and it acquired something of a negative reputation. Thankfully however, the city has flourished in recent decades, undergoing a massive transformation to become a hub of business, culture, and vibrant social life.
With so much to see and do, you might find it hard knowing where to start – that’s why we’ve put together this handy list of the top 10 attractions in the city centre, all located within easy reach of our Lancefield Quay apartments!
Glasgow Science Centre and Science Centre Tower
First up on our list, and a perfect attraction for families, the Glasgow Science Centre is a great place to satisfy your curiosity.
Take in the exhibits on space, technology, and the human body, or see a movie in the immersive IMAX 3D cinema or on-site planetarium.
If science isn’t your thing, the Science Centre’s ‘Glasgow Tower’ is still worth the visit on a standalone ticket. As high as 30 double-decker buses, the futuristic tower has a viewing platform offering stunning views of Glasgow – just don’t look down.
The Clydeside Distillery
Whisky is of course one of Scotland’s most famous exports, and what better way to get a taste of Glasgow than with a whisky tour?
They say that there’s a whisky for everyone – whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just trying something new, the Clydeside Distillery will surely help you find it.
Interested in catching some live music or a show? Lancefield Quay Apartments are a mere 10-minute walk along the river from the SSE Hydro, Scotland’s largest venue for live entertainment.
Entertaining visitors since 2013, the Hydro has hosted everything from the MTV Music Awards to the Commonwealth Games, Rod Stewart to WWE, and with hundreds of shows, exhibitions and performances every year, there’s something for everyone.
You can find out what’s on at the Hydro here.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Browse the expansive collection, or enjoy the architecture – an attraction in its own right – as you wander through the 22 galleries of art, objects, and curiosities from around the globe.
Did we mention that entry is free?
Glasgow ‘Style Mile’
For those needing some serious retail therapy, Glasgow offers one of the best shopping experiences in the UK, with the largest shopping district outside London.
From well-known brands to designer labels, Glasgow’s Style Mile boasts more than 200 stores, including multiple shopping centres, all within a few minutes’ walk from each other.
Best of all, much of the Style Mile is located in some of Glasgow’s oldest districts, with many of the stores located in historic buildings from the city’s past, making a trip to the Style Mile the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city’s grand architecture.
The area is also packed with trendy bars and restaurants to suit every taste, so be sure to enjoy your favourite cuisine once you’re done, or try something completely new.
Not far from the Style Mile you’ll find George Square, the city centre’s focal point.
Named after King George III, George Square has been the heart of Glasgow for over a century. Many of Glasgow’s oldest and grandest buildings, such as the imposing City Chambers, can be found here, and the square is dotted with monuments to renowned Scots.
The square is also regularly home to various events and exhibitions – if you’re visiting in December, make sure you check out the annual Christmas lights and market here for some festive stalls, rides, and food.
The Tall Ship Glenlee
One of the Clyde’s many attractions, the Glenlee offers a chance for visitors to step back in time to the age of sail.
Built 125 years ago, the Glenlee is a nineteenth century cargo ship that was one of many built in Glasgow, at one of the Clyde’s renowned shipwrights.
Travelling the world under her many sails, she was eventually found languishing in Spain, stripped of materials and damaged by fire.
Now fully restored to her former glory, she has returned home to Glasgow, offering guests a chance to learn about the city’s famous maritime heritage first-hand.
Handily, the Glenlee is also right next door to…
The Riverside Museum
Housing the city’s transport museum, the Riverside Museum is the perfect place for rail and road enthusiasts.
A large collection of antique automobiles from various eras can be found on display here, as well as antique steam engines and trams from around the world. There is even a full-scale recreation of a Glasgow street from the 1920s/30s that visitors can explore and walk around in.
If you have already visited the Glenlee outside and feel like continuing the nautical theme, the Riverside also has an extensive display of model ships, celebrating the city’s famed contributions to shipbuilding.
Like the Kelvingrove art gallery, entry to the Riverside is free.
Glasgow Botanical Gardens
A lengthier walk, but still manageable, those looking for a more relaxing and pastoral environment should head to the city’s Botanic Gardens.
Surround yourself in nature and exotic plants at the gardens, or explore the ornate Victorian greenhouses that have stood for more than a century – the Botanic Gardens are the perfect way to reset and recover from busy days spent sightseeing and shopping.
As a bonus, the walk to the Botanic Gardens also takes you through the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, a haven for wildlife that’s home to kingfishers, foxes, otters and rabbits.
And that’s just within 2 miles of Lancefield Quay…
The small selection of sights and attractions here is great for a short visit – but Glasgow is impossible to see over only a day or two, and there is always plenty more to see and do.
Whether your visit is short, or you decide to stay longer, Lancefield Quay Apartments are the perfect place to stay as you explore this great city.