Whether you’re planning a visit to Glasgow or find yourself in Glasgow with a lot of time on your hands, you should consider spicing up your travels with these free things to do in Glasgow.
With impressive architecture and a rich cultural heritage, Glasgow attracts massive numbers of visitors each year. Its position as a port city on the River Clyde gives Glasgow a great advantage in terms of its natural landscapes and scenic spots.
Glasgow will strike a chord with music-lovers and entertainment-seekers, as well. The city offers a wide range of festivals scattered throughout the year, so you will always find an exciting event to attend.
That being said, if you’re looking for free things to do in Glasgow, participating in one of its many festivals is a must. Here’s a list to consider
- Glasgow International – Scotland’s largest arts festival, takes place every other year and the events span over three weeks.
This vibrant European capital has many attractions that you can easily and freely visit.
Parks & Gardens
1.Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0UE, Scotland. Open daily 7am-dusk.
2. Pollok Country Park
- picture-perfect waterfall
- for families, there’s a play area
2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT, Scotland. Park open daily, all year round.
3. People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
- beautiful grounds on the banks of the river Clyde
- exotic palms in the Winter Gardens conservatory
- nice brewery nearby where you can have lunch
Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT, Scotland. Open Tues-Thurs and Saturday 10am-5pm, and 11am-5pm on Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
4. Kelvingrove Park
- a short walk from the city centre, next to the University of Glasgow
- vibrant, lively atmosphere
Otago Street, Glasgow, Scotland. Open daily from 6am-6pm.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- An original Salvador Dali painting
- Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction and a must see
Galleries & Museums
5. Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
- free to enter any day of the week
6. The Lighthouse
- Not an actual lighthouse
- Glasgow’s centre for architecture and design
7. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
8. The Lanes (Byres Road)
- nearby the University
- hidden streets and backyards that are lined with little shops, great restaurants and cosy bars & pubs
- Ashton Lane is lit up by fairy nights at light
The Hidden Lane Glasgow
- the home for artists, designers and curators to produce and exhibit their work
- a great number of artist studios, showrooms, workshops and boutique shops
9. Buskers of the Style Mile
10. The Trainspotting Tour
- You can follow the trail below and visit some of the most famous locations in the movie.
11. City Centre Mural Trail
12. Buchanan Street