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Free Things To Do In Glasgow

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


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,...

Guided Celtic Park Stadium Tour

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  • 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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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...

The Clydeside Tour Ticket

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  • Glasgow's Stills are flowing again at The Clydeside Distillery; Glasgow's first dedicated Single Malt Whisky Distillery in over 100 years.

    Discover fascinating tales about the birth of the whisky industry and Glasgow’s history, featuring live footage and animation bringing history to life.

    Next, our expert guide will show you...read more

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...

Distillery Manager Tour Ticket

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  • Who better to show you around the workings of the distillery but the manager himself Alistair will take you through the step-by-step process of handcrafting the distillation of the new make spirit – you’ll even taste our fresh new make spirit and compare it with our 6-month-old spirit. Meet our lively craftsmen as they use their traditional...read more

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...

Skip the Line Interactive Exhibition Ticket

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  • Learn more about Glasgow and the Birth of the Tearooms. Explore our exhibition and discover more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Miss Catherine Cranston unique collaborations . Immerse yourselves in interactive audio and visual displays....read more

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...

Hampden Park Stadium and Museum Tour

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  • Experience Hampden Park as the players do on match day and see historic treasures on this 2-hour stadium and museum tour. Visit the underground roadway, team changing rooms, and get the chance to strike a ball in the Hampden Hotshots gallery with the speed of your shot electronically measured. Walk down the tunnel, hear the famous “Hampden...read more

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...

Celtic Park Breakfast Tour Ticket

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  • Enjoy a Breakfast roll and hot/ soft drink on arrival to the tour cafe.

    Follow in the footsteps of legends on the 1 hour Stadium Tour.

    The Stadium Tour of the iconic Celtic Park will take in the Boardroom, dressing room, tunnel and dug out area. Tour route is subject to...read more

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...

The Tours Cafe Combo

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  • Enjoy our Tours Cafe Combo Deal.

    Follow in the footsteps of legends on the 1 hour Stadium Tour.

    The Stadium Tour of the iconic Celtic Park will take in the Boardroom, dressing room, tunnel and dug out area. Tour route is subject to...read more

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...

Celtic Park Tour & Dine Package

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  • Enjoy a full stadium tour followed by a 3-course meal in the Number 7 restaurant.

    Please note the time of your restaurant booking will be 1 hour after the time of your tour...read more

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!


Invisible (Glasgow) Crimes & Punishment in the Merchant City

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  • This tour is organized by Invisible Enterprises that employ homeless people to be professional tour guides
  • The Travellers will get to visit many places where infamous crimes have taken place in Merchant City, Glasgow
  • Travellers will alo learn the life story of the homeless tour guide and his struggles in the city
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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...

Speyside Delight - Scottish Whisky Tour - Private Full Day

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  • This is the best Speyside tour and also offers extensive data to guests.
  • A unique experience about Scotland which shows you all that you need in a short time and still allows guests to enjoy other activities of the day.
  • A visit to 3 Speyside distilleries - all in just one day!
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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.