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Top Attractions In Glasgow For Free

The popular Scottish city of Glasgow is a cultural hub full of remarkable things to see and do, not just in Scotland itself, but in the whole of the United Kingdom.

You’ll find that it’s home to incredible paid attractions such as the Scottish Opera and Ballet, as well as free activities and points of interest such as Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Park.

In the guide below, you’ll find a list of the top paid attractions in Glasgow as well as the 10 best free attractions in Glasgow; there’s sure to be something that the whole family can enjoy!

Free Attractions in Glasgow

Top Rated Glasgow Attractions

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Botanic Gardens

The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are a beautiful oasis within the city and are without a doubt one of the best free attractions to see while visiting Glasgow.

You can enjoy a nice leisurely walk from the city centre to the Botanic Gardens where you’ll be greeted by intrinsically designed flower beds and themed gardens.

It’s a place that can entertain the whole family as kids can spend time running around on the vast,...

Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from Glasgow

clock Duration: 8 hours 27 m
  • One of the most popular Glasgow city bus tours- tourists get to travel extensively.
  • The guided tour will include trips to Loch Lomond, Luss Village, the Highlands.
  • Throughout the trip, travellers can experience scenic view...
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Free

Glasgow Cathedral

Dating all the way back to the 13th Century, Glasgow Cathedral is a poignant structure in the Glasgow skyline.

It’s renowned for its beautiful stained-glass windows and impressive interiors that tower above you once inside.

Even if you’re not particularly religious, you won’t be able to resist a visit to Glasgow Cathedral; it’s easily one of the most beautiful places in the city and one of the...

City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Tourists can explore the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow on bus.
  • There are various places of interest and tourist attractions in Glasgow- ensured to capture the attention of all types of tourists.
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Free

If you’re a big fan of art and you want to visit the most popular art gallery in Scotland, make sure you have the Gallery of Modern Art listed on your things to do in Glasgow.

Located in the Royal Exchange Square, you’ll find a vast range of contemporary art works inside the beautiful building, as well as many statues and sculptures too.

It’s a great way to spend an afternoon of soaking up some truly...

Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • The guided one day trip will have tourists visiting through the the countryside Ayrshire coast- the birthplace of famed poet Robert Burns.
  • Tourists will also travel through Culzean Country Park and the Whitelee Windfarm.
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Free

George Square

Situated right in the heart of the city, George Square deserves a place on this list of the best free attractions in Glasgow thanks to its rich history and beautiful architecture.

Surrounding the square, you’ll find statues of famous Scottish figures throughout time such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and James Watt, as well as one of only three statues of women in Glasgow; Queen Victoria.

It’s not the most...

Single Malt Whisky and Distillery Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • The three hour trip will include trips to some of the finest bars and distilleries through the city of Glasgow- famed gloibally as the birthplace of Scotch and Single Malt Whiskies.
  • Entry/Admission to the places are included....
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Free

University of Glasgow

Harry Potter fans and film geeks are sure to love a little wander around the University of Glasgow as it’s the home of some of the filming locations of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film franchise!

Even if you’ve never watched the films, the University of Glasgow is still a remarkably beautiful complex and definitely one of the best free attractions in the city.

You can spend an entire afternoon wandering around the...

Guided Celtic Park Stadium Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A guided tour around the Celtic Park Stadium.
  • Fans get a chance to visit home stadium of one of the greatest football club teams of the world- the Celtic Football Club.
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Free

Kelvingrove Park

Just a short walk from the city centre and practically just around the corner from the University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park sits patiently awaiting families of all ages to come and have fun within its grounds!

You can enjoy a relaxing walk alongside the River Kelvin or hire a bicycle and slowly make your way around on the trails throughout the park. Make sure to take the kids to the play area where they can spend hours frolicking on...

Glasgow (Greenock) Shore Excursion: Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Highlands

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • Travellers will be guided for an 8 hour trip from Scotland countryside to the portside.
  • They will be visiting Duane Castle, Stirling Castle, Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond etc.
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Free

Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

If you’re a huge fan of vintage vehicles and you want to spend an afternoon in Glasgow travelling back in time and seeing a collection of over 3,000 historic vehicles, then makes sure the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel is on your list of things to do in Glasgow.

Inside the museum, you’ll find thousands of old antique vehicles including cars, trams, trains and motorbikes, and there’s even a recreation of an...

Private 'Outlander " Filming Locations Tour from Glasgow

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • The guided tour takes tourists through the sets and filming locations of the critically acclaimed TV series, Outlander.
  • There will be provisions for sampling and purchasing of Scotch, along with lunch at the Deanston Distillery...
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Free

Barras Market

One of the oldest and best markets in Scotland has been taking place since the 1920s and is the epicentre of market culture in Glasgow.

Barras Market is one of the best free attractions in Glasgow and is a place where you can find all sorts of market stalls and street vendors selling everything from second-hand books, vintage fashion items and old-fashioned board games.

There’s also numerous food stalls and cafés...

Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour

clock Duration: 5 hours
  • The 5 hour private walking tour covers all the major tourist attractions and places of historical interest in the city of Glasgow
  • Tourists get to learn all about the culture and history of Glasgow while travelling, along with a local...
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Pollok Country Park

For another chance to escape the busy city lights of Glasgow, head to Pollok Country Park where you’ll find 146-hectares of vast open expanses where you can wander around freely.

It’s been named as the Best Park in Britain and Europe in previous years, so you know that it must be good!

The park is home to numerous riverside trails which you can enjoy by walking, running or even cycling!

If...

3-Hour Private Glasgow Essentials Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • It is a shorter version of our most popular walking tour of Glasgow.
  • tourists gets a chance to have a sneak peak about the history of this place
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Peoples’ Palace and Winter Gardens

Situated in Glasgow’s oldest green public space, the People’s Palace is the home of an extensive collection of historical prints, photographs and artefacts showcasing the lives of Glaswegians between the 18th and 20th Century.

Most kids won’t find this attraction particularly intriguing but people who are keen to learn more about Glasgow’s enigmatic history could easily spend a few hours...

Private Glasgow West End Tour: Arts and Culture

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A private trip to the west end of Glasgow
  • Travellers can explore Glasgow's West End with a great variety of cultural attractions as well as cafes, bars, and antique shops.
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There are many things you can do for free in Glasgow like booking free entry into some Glasgow museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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