Glasgow Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Glasgow

If you have extra time, City Chambers is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Glasgow
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    #1 in Glasgow
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures.

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    Pollok Country Park
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    #2 in Glasgow
    Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    After a perusal through the vast and varied art assemblage at theBurrell Collection, you might want to rest your eyes in the green and leafy Pollok Country Park. Comprised of about 360 acres, the park makes for a peaceful retreat -- one that is peppered with grazing Highland cattle, formal

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    City Chambers
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    #3 in Glasgow
    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Accommodating some sort of governing body since the late 1800s, the Victorian-style City Chambers today hosts the Glasgow City Council. You'll find the impressive building on the east side of George Square, and if you take one of the building's free guided tours, you'll view an ornate entrance hall, banqueting

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    Glasgow Cathedral
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    #4 in Glasgow
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Dedicated to the city's patron saint, St. Mungo, the Glasgow Cathedral was consecrated in the 1100s but was finished around 300 years later. Of almost equal delight -- to experts and travelers alike -- are the cathedral's architecture (the nave, crypt, chapel) and the legends surrounding St. Mungo's life. And

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    Riverside Museum
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    #5 in Glasgow
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    This free museum displays the city's transportation history. One neat exhibit showcases a 1938 Glasgow street scene "with period shop-fronts, era-appropriate vehicles and a reconstruction of one of the Glasgow Underground stations," according to Frommer's. Some travelers highlight this exhibit, while others really enjoyed the Clyde Room's model boats. Visitors

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    Kelvingrove Park
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    #6 in Glasgow
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you're planning to spend an afternoon at theKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, you should also allot some time for lounging in the lush Kelvingrove Park. You can walk along the River Kelvin, which meanders through the park, or stroll by the duck pond and numerous monuments before stopping by

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    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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    #8 in Glasgow
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is another favorite museum (that's also free!). Built at the turn of the 20th century to resemble a Renaissance-style castle/cathedral, the museum was closed for about three years in the early 21st century for major renovations. Now, the Kelvingrove is the most visited gallery

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    Barras Market
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    #10 in Glasgow
    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Some recent travelers disappointingly note that the Barras Market had really gone down in quality. However, the majority of visitors seemed to enjoy their few hours digging through piles of flea market goods and haggling in the market. Get to the market off the Argyle Street train station, or you

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    Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
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    #11 in Glasgow
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Botanic Gardens are yet another free attraction in Glasgow. Bursting with colorful flora and fauna along the River Kelvin, the gardens also encase a number of greenhouses including the fantastic Kibble Palace, which contains a very rainforest of tropical plants and trees. Botanic Gardens make a good reprieve from

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    People's Palace and Winter Gardens
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    #12 in Glasgow
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Located on the Glasgow Green, the free People's Palace is a museum dedicated to the city's social history of normal folk. For instance, one of the exhibits details Glasgow's interesting vernacular, while another displays the desk of political activist (and Glasgow resident) John MacLean. Adjacent to the museum are the

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