I was only in Glasgow for two days, but I managed to do and see quite a lot of the city. It’s not typically a tourist city, but it does have a lot to offer.
It’s a museum about transport, named European Museum of the Year in 2013, and it definitely holds up to the award. I spent well over two hours in there and could have spent even more! They have reconstructed a piece of street from the Victorian era with shops and old cars, they have a motorcycle wall and a car wall, filled with vehicles from all ages and styles. The display the oldest bicycle, firetruck, tram, car, boat… it goes on and on. It was really fascinating!
St Mungo Museum of Religion and Life
(St. Mungo, by the way, is the patron saint of Glasgow.) This museum highlights the “biggest” religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, while also exploring the rituals of tons of others; they talk about childhood, life, death, marriage, etc. Next door is the oldest house in the city! Dated from the 1600s. The only reason it is still standing is because the owners at the time decided to keep it as an Inn instead of selling it. It was pure luck that kept this historical site alive. It was renovated and now turned into a museum about the era and a bit of Glasgow’s history.
If you’re looking for a good view of the city, go to the lighthouse. You can climb up high up in the tower, but you can also visit the National Centre for Design and Architecture. A very famous architect is featured in the city: Charles Rennie Macintosh. You can see his designs everywhere in the city, including the famous Willow Tea Rooms.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
This is a really great museum with a little something for everyone. It has sculptures, paintings, artefacts, armour, even an Egyptian mummy! You can spend hours in there!
If you’re in Scotland, you better try haggis! It is a national dish made of sheep, spices, oatmeal and onion, traditionally cooked inside a sheep’s stomach. It may not sound very appetizing, but if you go to a good pub, you may just fall in love with the dish. If not, then you can always rinse it out with some scotch whisky!