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Travellers to Scotland’s scenic port city of Glasgow will appreciate the Victorian and art nouveau architecture, great dining experiences, rich culture and constant urban buzz.

Weather & Best Time to Visit

If you yearn for summer, the best time to visit Glasgow is between March and August, when temperatures reach their highs and daylight hours are long. Winters tend to offer little snow and are quite cold and bleak.

Keep this in mind when you book your flight to Glasgow arriving at Glasgow International Airport, formerly Abbotsinch Airport. There are many great Air Canada flights to Scotland and budget airlines in Europe that fly to Glasgow.

Where To Stay

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel Glasgow is a stunning baronial-style mansion with regal rooms and suites. Your booking will come with a complimentary Scottish breakfast and service suitable for Kings and Queens. When will you get the chance to sleep in a castle again? This stay is so special, so book early.

Cathedral House Hotel is another unique stay with traditional architecture, making the stay very special indeed. This 19th-century hotel with a beer garden looks like a castle from the outside and is equally stunning inside. The pretty gardens, outstanding food service, and friendly staff all create a stay that feels very memorable and special.

For more modern digs, you shouldn’t look past CitizenM Glasgow. The rooms are bright and edgy, and the bar and canteen are open 24 hours for late-night sips or snacks. The handy central location means you don’t have to go far to enjoy the city’s attractions.

Things To See & Do

It’s easy to get around Glasgow on the subway, walking or by taxi. The hop-on, hop-off bus is another great way to see the city for an affordable price.

The mural trail is best covered by foot and takes you on a colourful journey of street art from the High Street around the city centre, and there are also some creative pieces popping up in the outer city areas.

George Square, named in honour of King George III, is the main square out of six in the city. See statues of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott and the cenotaph commemorating Scottish soldiers lost in World War I.

Glasgow is a great place to take in an opera, ballet or theatre performance, with national headquarters for all three arts being based there. The music scene in Glasgow is thriving if you prefer something a little less formal. Local pubs, traditional taverns, and even on the street are random places you can discover with bands and singers giving impressive shows.

Glasgow is full of galleries and museums that are carefully curated to showcase the history and culture of Glasgow and Scotland. One of the gems is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with over 20 themed galleries presenting over 8,000 exhibits. The Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum should also be noted as worthy visits.

Lighthouse lovers will enjoy Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, which has free exhibits and events running often. Go to the top for wonderful views of the city.

The Glasgow Cathedral is a fine example of Scottish Gothic architecture and is the oldest cathedral in the country, dating to the 12th century. Venture into the lower crypt to see the tomb of Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city. Once used for classes by the Glasgow University, today its a place of worship for locals and popular tourist attraction.

For a nice outdoor experience that is relaxing rather than strenuous, try the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The scenic heritage trail takes you on a flora and fauna journey that is sure to inspire gardeners, nature lovers and anyone who appreciates manicured gardens. Hire a tour guide to tell you about the gardens in pretty detail.

Shopping in the city is great. Glasgow is the third-largest city in the UK, so you can find well-known brands, unique boutiques, and specialty stores to satisfy your shopping urges. The gastronomic scene is deliciously vibrant in Glasgow, so between shopping sprees, you can dine on modern Scottish dishes made with quality local produce, including meat, seafood, and vegetables. You can pass by traditional dishes and drops like authentic haggis, homemade shortbread and Scottish whisky. If it is international food you are craving, you can easily find it in Glasgow on any budget. There is also an impressive range of vegetarian and vegetarian options in Glasgow.

Spend some time wandering without a set plan because there are so many charming cobblestone lanes, interesting streets and quirky areas that are too many to list. Talk to the locals and really let the warm Glasgow spirit embrace your travel experience.

More Highlights

  • Buy souvenirs including Celtic art, whiskey and homemade fudge
  • Visit the Gallery of Modern Art
  • Walk around Kelvingrove Park and have a picnic
  • Try on a kilt
  • Listen to a street performer playing the bagpipes
  • Sip tea at the Willow Tea Rooms
  • Shop for vintage finds at the Barras Market
  • Try haggis with a pint of local ale
  • Roam around Tollcross Park and admire the gardens
  • Have a hands-on experience at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • Take a walking tour with a beer theme

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