Culture & Art
Whatever time of year you visit Glasgow there’s a multitude of things to see and do. Below is a selection of some of
the city’s top attractions. If you have any specific interests, please just ask.
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could be worthwhile spending 5 minutes to find out a bit more about the man and his work.
For ease of reference, we’ve divided the city up geographically:
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
A 5 minute walk from the apartment is the Gallery of Modern Art. Since opening in 1996, the neo-classical GoMA
building in Royal Exchange Square has hosted contemporary art exhibitions by many famous artists including Jim
Lambie, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.
The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture was Charles Rennie MacKintosh’s first public
commission. Today a multi-purpose visitor centre, The Lighthouse can be found at 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1
10 minutes walk from Sauchiehall St.’s pedestrian precinct, the rooms of this Victorian tenement flat retain many of
their original fixtures and fittings, giving a sense of how ‘respectable’ Glaswegians lived in the first half of the last
century. Expert Guides are on hand to answer your questions and point out interesting items. The Tenement House,
145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow G3 6QN.
A short 15 minute walk (east) of the apartment (Cathedral Square, Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0QZ) is Glasgow
Cathedral. Dating back to the 12th Century, the Cathedral boasts impressive architecture and a renowned collection of
post-war stained-glass windows.
Not as morbid as it sounds, a walk around the Necropolis offers an amazing insight into Who’s Who of the city’s
past. Organised walking tours are available.
In the shadow of the Cathedral at numbers 2 & 3 Castle Street (respectively) are St Mungo’s Museum and
Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest House.
Located on Glasgow Green, the Social History Museum shows the story of the people of Glasgow from 1750s to the
present day through photographs, paintings and stories. The attached Winter Gardens is a Victorian glasshouse
which is open to the public. Outside the People’s Palace is the newly renovated Doulton Fountain, the largest
terracotta fountain in the world.
While you’re down at The Green, you may want to visit WEST Brewery: Their St Mungo’s Lager can definitely be
Pollock Country Park Situated in Glasgow’s southside, Pollock Country Park has two major tourist attractions –
Pollock House and The Burrell Collection. The ancestral home of the Maxwell Family, Pollock House is a grand
country house only a few miles from the city centre which gives a taste of the upstairs / downstairs life of the 1930s.
Above stairs the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings, as well as a fine collection of
Spanish art including paintings by El Greco, Goya and Murillo. Downs stairs, large servants’ quarters show the reality
of running a large country home. Pollock Country Park, 2060 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT.
The Burrell Collection is a museum with a remarkable and diverse collection of artefacts and exhibits ranging from
major works of art by artists such as Rodin, Degas and Cézanne to important examples of late Medieval, Chinese and
Islamic art. The entire collection (of over 8 000 objects) was donated to the city of Glasgow by the wealthy ship-owner
Sir William Burrell in 1944. Pollock Country Park, 2060 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT.
hundreds of interactive exhibits making science and learning fun. Attached to the Centre is the IMAX Theatre offering
the ultimate 3D cinema experience on a giant screen. Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA.
House for an Art Lover. Another MacKintosh favourite, the design for House for an Art Lover dates back to 1901
though the actual building was created only in the mid 1990s. House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck
Road, Glasgow G41 5BW.
refurbishment work. It is the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK and one of Scotland’s most visited
attractions, with collections of international importance. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG.
public museum in Scotland and is one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets. Home to one of the World’s
largest permanent displays of works by JM Whistler and Charles Rennie MacKintosh, including the re-assembled
interiors from his Glasgow home. Find the Hunterian at Hillhead Street (off University Avenue), Glasgow G12 8QQ.
Fossil Grove. In 1887, during the creation of Victoria Park in Glasgow’s West End when an old quarry was being
landscaped, the fossilised remains of an ancient forest (around 330 million years old) were discovered. Today you can
view a small corner of the vast ancient forest, preserved in stone. Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow G14 1BC.
recreation of a 1930’s street, the new Riverside Museum has over 3 000 exhibits and has quickly become established
as a visitors’ favourite. Also docked at the Museum is the Glasgow-built Tall-ship, Glenlee. Riverside Museum, 100
Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS.