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3 days in Glasgow

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3 days in Glasgow
A tour of Glasgow's highlights for a weekend visit. Public transport is plentiful and cheap but be prepared for those feet to do some serious walking too!
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
City Sightseeing Glasgow
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City Sightseeing Glasgow

Open top bus tour on the route of Glasgow's top visitor attractions. Tickets valid 2 days.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is Scotland's most visited free attraction.​ With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

The Botanic Gardens are located at the top of Byres Road, where it meets Great Western Road.  It is a beautiful space in the west end of Glasgow... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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University of Glasgow
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University of Glasgow

Take a student-led tour of the university's historic campus. The university was founded more than 500 years ago.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
The Necropolis
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The Necropolis

The Necropolis, Glasgow's Victorian City of the Dead, is a vast and grand cemetery modeled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. Described as one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, it is a major visitor attraction and patrolled by Park Rangers. Heritage Trail maps are available to guide the visitor to the memorials and tombs of some of Glasgow's most eminent citizens.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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People's Palace and Winter Gardens
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People's Palace and Winter Gardens

The People's Palace and Winter Gardens, set in historic Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in the city, tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Adjacent to the People's Palace is the extravagant and recently restored Doulton Fountain, unveiled in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Merchant City
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Merchant City

Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist Office of Merchant City, now a vibrant historic cafe quarter and designer-shopping mecca. Highlights of this tour, which dates back to medieval times, include the grand neo-classical halls and Georgian townhouses built for Glasgow's rich tobacco barons and shipping merchants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Most of the city's major musical performances and operas are held here.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
The Glasgow School of Art
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The Glasgow School of Art

Due to the recent fire in the Mackintosh building, there will be no access to the building's interiors for the foreseeable future. Explore the rich history of The Glasgow School of Art at the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre through artefacts from GSA's Archives and Collections, illuminating life at the School from 1845 to present day. Join GSA's City Walking Tours to explore... More

Due to the recent fire in the Mackintosh building, there will be no access to the building's interiors for the foreseeable future. Explore the rich history of The Glasgow School of Art at the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre through artefacts from GSA's Archives and Collections, illuminating life at the School from 1845 to present day. Join GSA's City Walking Tours to explore Glasgow's creative past and present and browse designs by students, staff and alumni in the GSA Shop. The 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre and GSA Shop in the Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street are open 9.45Am - 5.15Pm, 7 days a week. City Walking Tours depart from the 'Window on Mackintosh' 7 days a week. Every purchase supports the School. Less

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A Play a Pie and a Pint
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A Play a Pie and a Pint

A series of 50 minute lunchtime plays at the West End's Oran Mor pub, an historic converted church of architectural interest. Drink and pie included.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Kelvingrove Park
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Kelvingrove Park

The River Kelvin runs through the West End's large and attractive park which hosts festivals and events throughout the year.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
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The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

2013 Winner of the European Museum of the Year. Highlights include steam trains, Glasgow trams and trolley buses, vintage cars, motorbikes and cycles including possibly the worlds oldest bicycle. There is also a Glasgow street with shops, subway station and pub. Guided tours available.

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