Glasgow Cathedral#2 in Best Things To Do in Glasgow
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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 (specifically the nave, crypt and chapel) and the legends surrounding St. Mungo's life. And in fact, the symbols found on Glasgow's coat of arms relate directly to the St. Mungo legends, including the tree, bird, fish and bell. (In brief: the tree refers to one that St. Mungo burned in a holy fire, the bird to one that he accidently killed but restored to life, the fish – depicted with a ring in his mouth – to an episode in which the saint orchestrated the retrieval of a piece of royal jewelry that had been lost in the Clyde, and the bell to one commissioned in the saint's honor.)
Recent visitors frequently described the building's architecture and stained-glass windows as "amazing." Reviewers also applauded the volunteer guides that are on hand to answer any questions and offer hourlong guided tours.
The Glasgow Cathedral sits within walking distance of the city center and is located next to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The cathedral is free to tour and is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 or 10 a.m. to 3:30 or 5 p.m., depending on the season. From April to September, the church is open on Sundays to visitors attending services. From October to March, visitors are allowed on Sundays from 1 to 3:30 p.m., however there are no volunteer guides available at this time. Visitors recommend following your tour of the cathedral with a walk through the nearby Glasgow Necropolis. St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art offers still more to do in the immediate vicinity. For more information, visit the cathedral's website.
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#1 The Burrell Collection
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 to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.
Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.
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