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A list of the main attractions in and around Glasgow with websites, postcodes, images and links to maps and reviews.

Glasgow is a large sprawling city with many of its attractions spread out. The city Tour Buses depart from George Square/Centre of Glasgow, and visit most of the main attractions.

Glasgow also has good inexpensive bus and rail services to visit other attractions.

When viewing the maps for directions, you can change the map to walking or public transport for more direct routes.

George Square
George Square (Centre of Glasgow) is the most visited attraction in Glasgow. It was laid out in 1781. The City Chambers (seat of local government) that gives free tours most days, was later built at the east side, and Queen Street Train Station built in the north-west corner. There are 11 statues around the square such as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Robert Burns, James Watt, and the tallest statue in the square Sir Walter Scott. The Square is often used for entertainment events and has an Ice Rink at Christmas. The City tour buses depart from here.
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The Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art is situated in the centre of Glasgow by George Square. This building was originally built as a grecian-style mansion for a 1700s tobacco merchant who made his fortune in America. It later served as the Stirling Library, then in the early 1990s, became the Gallery of Modern Art. FREE Admission. Postcode: G1 3AH. Tel 0141 287 3050.
RSS Information Page . ww.glasgowlife.org.uk . wiki/page . Map.

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Glasgow Cathedral 0.6 of a mile east of George Square
Glasgow Cathedral is probably the most impressive building in the city. Glasgow Cathedral was the only cathedral on the Scottish mainland to escape the destruction of the Reformation after craftsmen of the Trades House persuaded the Reformers to spare it. The Archbishop fled to France with the cathedral's relics and jewels, where they remain. The Necropolis at the cathedral is also a good attraction.. FREE Admission. Postcode: G4 0QZ. Tel 0141 552 8198.
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St Mungo Museum 0.6 of a mile east of George Square
St Mungo Museum has galleries full of displays, artefacts and works of art that show the importance of religion in peoples' lives, across the world, and across time. The museum is situated next to Glasgow Cathedral. FREE Admission. Postcode: G4 0RH. Tel 0141 276 1625.
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Provand's Lordship 0.6 of a mile east of George Square
Glasgow's unique history can be experienced with a visit to the oldest house in the city. Provand's Lordship was built in 1471, originally as part of a hospital, and is one of only four medieval buildings to survive in Glasgow. Situated next to the St Mungo Museum and Glasgow Cathedral. FREE Admission. Postcode: G4 0RH. Tel 0141 276 1625.
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The People's Palace just over 1 mile southeast of George Square
Glasgow's social history museum for the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present. The Victorian glasshouse is a relaxing place among the tropical plants and with a cafe. The People's Palace lies within the grounds of historic Glasgow Green park. FREE Admission. Postcode: G40 1AT. Tel 0141 276 0788.
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Glasgow Science Centre 2 miles southwest of George Square
The Glasgow Science Centre is situated on the south bank of the River Clyde. This is a purpose-built science centre with three main buildings, the Science Mall, an IMAX cinema, and the Glasgow Tower for great views of the city at 416 feet. Postcode: G51 1EA. Tel 0141 420 5000.
RSS Page . www.gsc.org.uk . wiki/page . Map . Prices .

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Riverside Museum 2.5 miles southwest of George Square
The Riverside Museum now houses the popular Glasgow's Museum of Transport and The Tall Ship. This new museum is situated a short distance west of the Science Centre and SECC . FREE Admission. Postcode: G3 8RS. Tel 0141 287 2720.
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 1.8 miles west
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum opened in 1901 with a great variety of art, artifacts and animals from around the world. The museum also has one of the top collections of arms and armour in the world, and two room are dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. FREE Admission. Postcode: G3 8AG. Tel 0141 276 9599.
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University of Glasgow 2 miles northwest of George Square
The University is home to Scotland's oldest public museum, and the world's largest collection of works by the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The University also hosts a range of public events and lectures throughout the year. FREE Admission. Postcode: G12 8QQ. Tel 0141 330 2000.
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Glasgow Botanic Gardens 2 miles northwest of George Square
Glasgow Botanic Gardens were built for the Glasgow botanist Thomas Hopkirk in 1817, at the western end of Sauchiehall Street. In 1842, the Gardens were moved to this larger site, a short distance further west, where they were opened to members of the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow, who owned and managed the Botanic Gardens. The public were admitted then at weekends for a small charge. The gardens are now open to everyone free of charge. FREE Admission. Postcode: G12 0UE. Tel 0141 276 1614.
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Other attractions not on the Tour Bus route.

St Andrew's Cathedral Glasgow situated half of a mile south
The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew is a Roman Catholic Cathedral designed in 1814 by James Gillespie Graham in the Neo Gothic style. St. Andrew's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Glasgow. From the Scottish Reformation of 1560, until the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1791, that restored freedom of worship, Roman Catholics in Glasgow had to worship covertly. FREE Admission. Postcode: G1 4ER.
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Govan Stones Glasgow 3 miles southwest of George Square
Situated in the centre of Govan, 50 yards west of Govan square. The Govan Stones, in Govan Old Church, are 31 pieces of early Medieval sculptures from the 800s to 1000s. These include an ornate solid stone sarcophagus, a number of carved stone slabs, and the largest collection of hogback stones in Scotland, thought to have originaly been grave markers. FREE Admission. Postcode: G51 3UU.
RSS Page . www.thegovanstones.org.uk . wikipage . Map.

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Pollok House situated about 3 miles southwest of George Square
A Georgian Country House showing life as it was for the wealthy, with an art collection including paintings by Blake, Goya, and El Greco. There are regular Buses and Trains from the city centre. Taxi prices from Glasgow centre are about £13 each way. Tel: 0141 432 1424. Admission Prices on the website. Postcode: G43 1AT.
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Burrell Collection about 3 miles southwest of George Square
The Burrell Collection is a large Art Museum in Pollok Park, close to Pollok House. It has over 8000 objects including work by major artists including Rodin, Degas, and Cezanne, late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, Ancient Civilizations, and more. There are regular Buses and Trains from the city centre. Taxi prices from Glasgow centre are about £13 each way. Tel: 0141 287 2550. FREE Admission. Postcode: G43 1AT.
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Holmwood House / 5 miles south of Glasgow centre
This mansion is situated in the Cathcart area of Glasgow, said to be one of the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest works. Take bus 44 from the city centre Union Street next to Central Train Station to Cathcart bridge, turn left onto Rhannan Road and walk 10 mins to gates.Admission Prices on the website. Open 23 Mar to 31 Oct, Thur-Mon 12-5? Postcode: G44 3YU.
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Into Braehead formerly Xscape Braehead, about 5 miles west
Into Braehead is a family entertainment with 'real' snow slopes, urban and lifestyle retailers, bars, restaurants, cinema, family attractions, and extreme activities, all under one roof. As Into Braehead is situated right next to the large Braehead Shopping Centre, regular buses run from Glasgow Centre such as the 54C from Union Street next to Central Train Station. There is also a regular Ferry Service. Postcode: PA4 8XQ. Tel 0871 200 3222.
RSS Information Page . soar.intu.co.uk . Map . Ferry Service .

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Titan Clydebank about 7 miles west of George Square
Titan Clydebank is a 150 feet high cantilever crane built in 1907. It was designed to be used in the lifting of heavy equipment, such as engines, during the fitting out of battleships and ocean liners at the John Brown & Company shipyard, then the largest shipbuilding company in the world. It is now a major tourist attraction withe great views from the top. The car and coach park is situated behind Clydebank Univesity, next to the river. Getting there . Postcode: G81 1NX. Tel 0141 952 3771.
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Scotland's Theme Park M&Ds about 12 miles southeast
5 terrifying White Knuckle rides, over 20 kids' rides, 18 hole Miniature Golf, Glow in the Dark indoor bowling, a large indoor complex including a gigantic Soft Play Area, bars, and restaurants. Express Buses from Glasgow. Postcode: ML1 3RT.
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Glengoyne Whisky Distillery 14 miles north of George Square
Glengoyne is one of the most visited distilleries in Scotland, as it is situated fairly close to the largest city of Glasgow. There are a number of tours that can be taken from: 10am to the last tour at 4pm. The distillery shop is open from: 10am - 5pm. For those that also like a hike, the 1,400ft Dumgoyne Hill is situated next to the distillery, with a good traill all the way to the top. The No 10 Bus runs from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station right to the Distillery. Postcode: G63 9LB. Tel 01360 550 254.
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Celtic Football Club / 2.5 miles east of Glasgow centre
The Celtic Visitor Centre is situated at Celtic Park, one of the largest football stadiums in Europe, the perfect place to learn all about the colourful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club, from its founding in 1888. How to get there. Postcode: G40 3RE. Tel 0871 226 1888.
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Rangers Football Club / 3.6 miles southwest of Glasgow centre
The Ibrox Tours allows you to experience this world famous stadium with your very own access all areas pass. How to get there. Postcode: G51 2XD. Tel 0871 702 1972.
www.rangers.co.uk/club/ibrox/tours . wiki/Rangers_F.C. . Map.

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See also Boat Trips for more tours of Glasgow.

For attractions & mountain/hill hiking in the area just north of Glasgow, see the Click on Map.

For attractions & mountain/hill hiking in the area just south of Glasgow, see the Click on Map.

 

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