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,...

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Amsterdam

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  • A flexible sightseeing bus ride in Central Amsterdam.
  • An opportunity to see the city's highlights without the hassle of working out public transport timetables.
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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...

Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combi Ticket

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  • A super saver combi ticket for a 1 hour canal boat trip and single entry to the Rijksmuseum.
  • Satisfy your inner culture vulture with works of art plus canals and architecture.
  • Use these tickets on the same day, or different days,...
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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...

Amsterdam Layover: Airport Transit City Tour

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  • Three-hour tour to explore Amsterdam during your layover
  • With the possibility to extend and customize to the hours you have to wait.
  • Private driver to show you around the city.
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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...

Delft, The Hague & Madurodam Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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  • Six-hour tours in two important Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague.
  • Multilingual guide who will provide extensive explanation throughout the tour in your preferred language.
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors to other...
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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...

Photo Shoot in Dutch Traditional Costume in Amsterdam

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  • Photoshoot wearing a traditional Dutch costume with iconic items like Gouda cheese, tulips and clogs.
  • Costumes available for men, women, girls and boys.
  • Up to 25 people can be in the picture.
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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...

Expert Led Tour of the Rijksmuseum with Admission Tickets

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  • 2 hours and a half guided tour with an expert through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
  • Explanation about the artworks of Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt and Vermeer.
  • Visit to one of the world's great museums.
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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...

Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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  • One and a half hour tour in a small group through the highlights of Amsterdam's city center on a Segway.
  • Maximum of 7 people in the group guided by an expert local guide.
  • Fun and exciting way of going around the city to see...
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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...

Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

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  • Four-hour walking tour with a private guide through Amsterdam's most important sites.
  • Includes the famous Red Light District, Jordaan District and the lively Albert-Cuyp Market.
  • Personalized experience with your group and a...
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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...

Van Gogh Museum and Canal Cruise Ticket Skip-the-line

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  • An opportunity to visit one Holland's best art museums and discover the incredible life of the Italian Surrealist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Go sightseeing in the historic centre of Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise.
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Free

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...

Sights Of Athens Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Blue Bus Piraeus and Beaches

clock Duration: 75 to 120 mi
  • The key to the City of Athens.
  • The Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus lets you explore the entire city at your own pace.
  • A semi-independent tour of the Athens, use the double-decker bus to reach top locations in Athens.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Glasgow

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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