Glasgow is a fantastic cosmopolitan city which offers much opportunity for exploration. Glasgow has a number of exhibits and events which are free and suitable for the whole family.
Whether visiting the city on holiday, looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays or simply looking for something different to do on a day of Glasgow has plenty of activities to offer, many of them free. Glasgow, larger than the capital Edinburgh, is home to many cultural sights, chic cocktail bars and restaurants, and an excellent shopping site.
Cultural Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow is home to many museums and art galleries, most of which are free to visit.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, has recently re-opened due to a grand refurbishment. It is easily accessible from the city centre and is located in the spectacular grounds of Kelvingrove park. Inside the grand building, the art gallery offers over 8000 objects. The gallery is welcoming to children and adults, with many interactive exhibits for children to explore. Kelvingrove art gallery is a free museum with various guides and tours throughout the day. There is also a café situated on the ground floor of the art gallery offering a chance to relax in beautiful surroundings. Kelvingrove is open 7 days a week.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is a free gallery offering modern art exhibits. Located in the heart of the city centre it is easily accessible. Exhibits in the gallery are constantly updated so it is always worth a visit to see what's new. Inside the building is the GoMA library, which is part of Glasgow Council Libraries, providing a range of fiction and non fiction books, magazines and comics. This is located in the basement of the building, alongside the café. During the summer holidays GoMA provide a number of activities for children over 12. These activities are free but need to be booked. The Gallery of Modern Art is open 7 days a week.
The Burrell Collection is located in Pollok park. The Burrell Collection hosts artwork by a broad range of artists including the likes of Rodin, Degas and Cézanne. The collection runs a number of activities for adults and children alike. It is open 7 days a week and is free to see.
The Museum of Transport is currently undergoing a move to a new riverside location. The Museum formerly located near Kelvingrove is closed to the public until 2011. The museum previously hosted a variety of transport dating back to early cars to up and coming trains. The museum will be well worth a visit once the move is complete.
Music and Arts in Glasgow
The Merchant City festival is hosted over a weekend in the merchant city area of Glasgow. In 2010 it is to take place in July 22-25. The festival hosts a variety of talent, from music and street artists to comedy and fashion. Many of the events are free although some do require tickets. Prices vary from event to event.
Gardens and Parks in Glasgow
Kelvingrove park, located next to Kelvingrove art gallery is a vast expanse of beautiful parklands. The park hosts many facilities including; public toilets, bowling and croquet greens, tennis courts, riverside walks and a skate park. The park is open all year round and is particularly nice in the summer. The park is easily accessed by public transport or walking from the west of the city.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens are home to a number of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs. It hosts glasshouses one of which from the Victorian era, built in 1880 has recently been restored. Among the many plants the collection is home to exotic orchids and a 200 year old weeping ash. There are a wide range of gardens located in the grounds including:
- world rose garden
- herb garden
- flower garden
- uncommon vegetable garden
- chronological garden
The grounds also provide a children's play area, children's garden, visitor centre and public toilets. The grounds are open from 7am until dusk. (Varies depending on time of year)
Pollok park is open all year round and is home to horses and highland cattle. There are children's play parks, woodland walks and trails, and picnic areas. The park hosts many events throughout the year, including the Family fun day which takes place in the summertime. Pollok park is also home to the Burrell Collection. It is easily accessed by public transport and by car.
Thing to do for Free in Glasgow
There are many things to do in Glasgow for free, however it is a must to visit the many bars, cafés and restaurants Glasgow has to offer. In the summer Many restaurants erect outdoor seating areas which are perfect for enjoying lunch and taking advantage of the short Scottish summertime.
Glasgow City Website