GBT Guide: The 5 Most Fun Things to do in Glasgow
It’s no secret that we think Glasgow is a fantastic city — as we’ve written something to that effect on nearly every page on this website… While we get plenty of tourists on our bike tours in Glasgow, we also get plenty of locals; we think this shows that the locals are just as engaged and interested as the tourists and this is part of what makes Glasgow so special. There are so many fun things to do in Glasgow, and we know that our bike tours are just a part of the bigger picture. So, because we like to be helpful, and because we like to promote Glasgow, we’ve made an educated (but highly subjective) list of the five most fun things to do in Glasgow. This list works for locals and tourists, and please get in touch if you have a question about our bike tours or if you think we’ve missed out the absolute best things to do in Glasgow!
1. Take a Bike Tour Through Glasgow
This is our only plug, so it makes sense to put it first and get it out of the way. There are all kinds of great walking tours and bus tours in Glasgow, but there’s only one bike tour operator (as of the time of writing this). Many people imagine super-fit people in Lycra when they think of bike tours, but most aren’t like that and our tours certainly aren’t. Think of them as walking tours where you can roll around the city and cover a lot more ground. It’s fun to take the secret cycling routes through the city and learn about Glasgow from our experienced guides. You can opt for our standard Glasgow bike tour, which lasts three hours or The Full Bhuna, which is a much longer tour of our wee city (it’s actually not that wee).
2. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the most frequented museum in Scotland — and for good reason! You can find it in the West End, near the university, on the edge of Kelvingrove Park (funnily enough). The huge red sandstone building is impressive in itself, but its museum exhibitions and art galleries are one of the best in Scotland. Last year, the Kelvingrove even rose to the top art gallery spot on TripAdvisor (as voted for by users), beating out the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the National Gallery in London. You can expect to find work by Salvador Dali, Titian, Vincent Van Gogh, Laurence Stephen Lowry, and so much more. And, if art isn’t really your thing, there’s a huge collection of armour and weapons from around the world and a few dinosaurs to marvel at. The best part is that the Kelvingrove is completely free.
3. Visit Drygate Brewery
Drygate Brewery is located in Glasgow’s East End, just south of the Necropolis. Drygate Brewery is actually a collaboration between Tennents and Williams Brothers and it is, without doubt, the best place to try new and exciting craft beers in Scotland. There is a rotating range of 26 cask beers and ales to try and an even larger selection of bottled beer. The beer hall is full of screens for watching sports and the atmosphere is fantastic. If you’re visiting Glasgow and looking for a great night out, but you don’t really do clubs, then Drygate is the perfect spot for you. You can also do a beer tour of Drygate, learning about Glasgow’s brewing history and trying a few taster samples as you go! Coincidentally, we’re actually based at Drygate, so you could pop in for a beer tour after our bike tour. It’s better done in that order, we think…
4. Take a Tour of Hampden Park
Hampden Park is the home of Scottish football and it’s a must-see for fans of the beautiful game. Hampden Park can be found on the southside, not far from Mount Florida station. It is Scotland’s national stadium, so it hosts all of the big international home games. There’s nothing like going to one of the matches and seeing thousands of Scotland fans marching in lines towards the stadium on match day. But if you can’t see that, a tour of the stadium and the museum is a close second. Hampden Park was actually Europe’s first ever national stadium and the museum situated in the stadium is full of facts and memorabilia about the history of Scottish Football. Find out more about the museum and the tour on the Hampden Park website.
5. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
The Millennium Clock from Sharmanka, when it featured at the National Museum of Scotland.
It’s almost impossible to explain what Sharmanka is, or at least to truly do justice to how weird and wonderful it is, but this is a blog post and you’ve read this far, so we’ll try our best! Sharmanka is a room full of moving sculptures, mostly made from scrap metal, wood, bits of old clocks, and a million other items. The sculptures come to life and move to music and you can marvel at the incredible intricacy of the designs. Each sculpture tells a strange tale, from bell ringers and organ grinders, to The Clock of Life and the Tower of Medieval Science. Little figurines move, propelled and twitching by the inner machinations of the sculptures. There’s an almost Victorian steampunk edge to everything and it’s perhaps the most surreal theatre show you’ll ever see in your life. With fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is universally loved — although it might scare or unsettle young children (and some adults). Find out more about it on the official Sharmanka website.