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Seven things to do in the city of Glasgow – for free!

Looking down Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre

Glasgow is a treasure trove of landmarks, attractions and generally interesting features. But as if their sole existence isn’t enough, a lot of them are also free!

Here’s a run-down of seven potential places that you can enjoy with no added expense:


1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

One of the city’s most popular free destinations, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum consists of 22 galleries and holds over 9000 artefacts.

2. Botanic Gardens

The stunning Botanic Gardens is situated in the west end of Glasgow. Home to the Kibble Palace, a magnificent glasshouse in residence since the 1870s, the gardens are a popular attraction (especially on the rare days of warm sunshine).

3. Gallery of Modern Art

Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, GoMA is Scotland’s most visited art gallery. Displays of both local and international artworks take pride of place, as well as a library and ever-changing exhibitions. Keep an eye out for the infamous Duke of Wellington statue sitting outside the entrance… and his cone!

4. The People’s Palace

The People’s Palace is situated in Glasgow Green, to the south of the city centre. The museum holds a collection of artefacts that tell the story of Glasgow lives from 1750 to the present, while the adjacent Winter Gardens includes a whole host of exotic and tropical plants.

People Make Glasgow sign on old City of Glasgow College building

Credit: Artur Kraft

5. Glasgow Necropolis

A bit of an eerier one, but fascinating nonetheless. The Victorian-era Glasgow Necropolis is the final resting place of around 50,000 people, including many notable names. Informal and informative walking tours can be booked prior to arrival, otherwise visitors are welcome to stroll around in their own time.

6. Riverside Museum

Opened in 2011, the Riverside Museum is the new home of the Museum of Transport. Winner of the European Museum of the Year award in 2013, over 3000 objects are on display documenting Glasgow’s past – including locomotives, vintage cars and even a model of a cobbled Glasgow street from days gone by. Berthed outside the building is the Tall Ship Glenlee, which is also free to enter.

7. Pollok Country Park

This beautiful park is the largest out of Glasgow’s 90-and-upwards parks, and is the only country park in the city. Perfect if you’re seeking a bit of peace, and an ideal location for keen walkers and cyclists. Plus, it includes attractions such as the Burrell Collection and Pollok House – and it’s all just mere minutes away from the city centre.



Featured image by Artur Kraft on Unsplash





  • violinkova

    For free! Thats something for me 😂 the truth is you really dont need money to have some fun. Thank you for sharing 😇

  • Daisy

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to visit Glasgow since one of my favourite comedians came from there! All of your suggestions sound intriguing especially the Necropolis and the country park!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

  • bbbryony

    It’s crazy how much you’re able to do for free when you look into it, not everything has to cost when you go out x

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