Glasgow is a beautiful city in Scotland also located in the United Kingdom. I wanted to share my one day in Glasgow itinerary to provide some inside of things to do here.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary
Glasgow is a fairly small city compared to most in Europe with almost 600,000 residents. There are a lot of activities and things to see and do which makes it perfect to visit for one day in Glasgow. It is less known compared to Edinburgh. There are a lot of museums, galleries, and restaurants to explore making it a city that is new to the map.
Why Visit Glasgow, United Kingdom
Scotland has beautiful countryside located in the north of the United Kingdom. The reason you should visit Glasgow is that of the many free attractions that are available and it is great for someone who happens to be on a budget. Additionally, Glasgow is known for some amazing restaurants that are perfect for foodies and those interested in a culinary tour with the Wee Food Tour.
Many people may find Glasgow as a fairly boring city in comparison to its surrounding areas, but it definitely has it’s small city charm. I think it is important to go into any are with an open mind and learn as much as you possibly can about its history and what is popular.
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Best time to visit Glasgow
The best time to visit Glasgow in one day would be the same time as visiting Edinburgh. The best months are from March to May or September to November. These months are typically cooler, although you may need to worry about the rainy weather since it rains fairly often in the UK. These months will avoid some of the crowds, although Glasgow did not seem to be very busy with tourists in comparison to nearby bigger cities like Dublin.
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Currency in Glasgow
The currency is the British Pound since Scotland is part of the United Kingdom which is under British rule.
How to get around Glasgow in one day
The best way to get around Glasgow in one day is by bus and by taxi. The buses we felt seemed fairly inconsistent so often times we would take a taxi or an uber to hurry up on time.
Where to stay in Glasgow
The best place to stay in Glasgow would be somewhere central within the city. This will be a good location to stay in so that you are close to any of the attractions within the area. If you want to know more about specifics and best hotels to stay at, be sure to read about Glasgow’s Coolest Neighborhoods.
Things to see and do in one day in Glasgow
- Glasgow Cathedral
- People’s Palace
- Kelvington Art Museum
- Butchershop Bar and Grill
- Riverside Museum
- George’s Square
- Hidden Tea Room
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral is the place to check out in this beautiful city! It was one of my favorite and one of the most beautiful places to visit. This location is absolutely free to the public which was a total plus in our day trip here. I suggest you really take your time here and visit all areas of the cathedral. There are some beautiful buttresses and arches in this cathedral. Additionally, there are a lot of beautiful stained glass.
The exterior of this church may not appear to be like much due to its gothic style, but the inside is beautifully designed. You will see some great detailing of the gothic style arches.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | People’s Palace
Now I wish I knew what exactly the People’s Palace was prior to visiting. I knew it was a beautiful building that was photographed so beautifully, but I didn’t know what the inside entailed. The People’s Palace is a great way to learn more about the history of Glasgow. This palace-like most of the places in Glasgow were free as well. In this palace, you will learn about the history of Glasgow. Some of it can be a bit corny, but a lot of it is very interesting from small bomb shelters to how they used to wash clothes and so much more.
It showed a lot of history of what it was like to live in this country in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. It goes into details about clubs, music, television and more. You may see a lot of kids or schools on field trips visiting this location.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | Kelvingrove Art Museum
The Kelvingrove Art Museum is the perfect place for people who love art and natural history. The museum is absolutely free and has a lot to see. You can easily spend a lot of time here. It reminds me of the movie the night at the museum. You will see animals that are local to the region and some of their natural habitats. Additionally, they have another section that is filled with all types of art from ceramics, statues, and paintings.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | Lunch at the Butchershop Bar and Grill
After you finish your time at the Kelvingrove Art Museum, be sure to take a stroll down the street to the Butchershop Bar and Grill. Here you will get some of the best food in the city. As I mentioned above, Glasgow is known for their food culture. There are many gastro pubs within the area as well including many places with delicious foods and drinks.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | Riverside Museum
This museum to me is the most interesting museum to visit for your one day in Glasgow. The Riverside Museum is a museum that is also known as the museum for transportation in Glasgow. Here in this museum, you will see a lot of things from their trolleys, cars and so much more. It was a fun experience in the limited amount of time we did get to spend here, although we were not careful of the time and only made it to the last minute of the trip.
Inside you will see cute little streets and vehicles used for transportation. The exterior itself with creative and interesting architecture making it the perfect place for a photo opportunity.
One Day in Glasgow Itinerary | Shopping and Visiting George’s Square
Last but not least, be sure to visit George’s Square. At George’s Square, you will be in the town square and get to experience some shopping and a beautiful area to get coffee, relax and people watch. Sometimes you just need to take a break from the trip when it is jam-packed.
There you have it, my one day in Glasgow experience. If you liked this post, please share it, pin it or comment below!
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