Five fun things to do in Glasgow

Freddie Parker on 29 April 2022
Nighttime view of the Squinty Bridge over the River Clyde

Scotland’s second city has plenty in store for students, whether you’re studying there or just visiting.

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde, with plenty of fun activities for students. As well as a vibrant nightlife, there are also some great museums and other daytime activities to check out. Here’s our recommendation for five fun things to do in Glasgow:

Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens are home to beautiful collections of plants. On a sunny day, wandering the outdoor gardens makes for a delightful trip. For rainy days, there are also some fascinating greenhouses. Founded in 1817 with the support of the University of Glasgow, the gardens were originally in a different location. They were eventually moved to the west end of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin.

Regardless of whether you’re a plant lover,  their collections are really impressive. There’s enough to fill a whole day, but check the opening times ahead of your visit as some areas have different hours depending on the time of year.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

This free attraction has 22 themed galleries for you to explore. Historical artefacts, paintings, and pretty architecture all await the eager museum lover. The museum even hosts one of Salvador Dali’s works.

There are always new exhibitions and displays, so you might see something you aren’t expecting.

Ashton Lane

Ashton Lane is a quaint, cobbled street in the heart of Glasgow, with many independent shops, cafes, and bars. This small street features classic Scottish cuisine alongside more adventurous options; for example, The Wee Curry Shop sells haggis pakoras. There are also great beer gardens, cocktail bars, and a renowned ramen restaurant to check out.

Ashton Lane’s charming architecture is another pull for visitors. It features a street mural by The Rebel Bear, whose work you can see throughout Glasgow.

Riverside Museum

At the junction of the Clyde and the Kelvin sits the Riverside Museum. It is home to transport and technology collections, great for learning about the history of engineering in the city. Entry is free but you may have to book tickets in advance during busy times of the year.

The building itself is a stunning work of architecture and sits in a scenic part of the city. It would be well accompanied by a walk along the river banks. Go and discover the rich history of shipbuilding and explore the numerous interactive exhibits.

Sauchiehall Street

One of the main streets for shopping in Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street is a must-visit during any trip there. The busy street has bars and restaurants of all varieties, so even the pickiest eater will be satisfied. It’s also home to some of Glasgow’s most popular nightlife, including many LGBTQ+ venues and drag bars.

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Freddie Parker
Freddie Parker on 29 April 2022