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The largest city in Scotland (not it's capital, which is still Edinburgh), Glasgow is a modern and dynamic city where interesting things always happen. And the best part is that many of those things are not going to cost you a single pound. Do you want to know which? So, pay attention, I'll tell you what are the best Things To Do In Glasgow and what to see in Glasgow for free.
If I were you, I would not waste the opportunity. Whether you're going to see Glasgow in a day or plan to stay a little longer, take note and make plans. Glasgow will surprise you for good and you will see citizens from many countries visiting the city.
1. Glasgow Cathedral
Built in the 17th century, Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest preserved building in the city. This imposing building in the East End of Glasgow is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in this city and one of the very few Scottish medieval churches that survived the Protestant Reformation. The temple itself is wonderful and it is worth exploring calmly. His crypt is a great place and if you are a fan of the Outlander saga you will be surprised to find out that it was used for the filming of the second season of the series.
2. Glasgow Necropolis
One of the best views of Glasgow is that which is obtained from the highest point of the Necropolis, its Victorian cemetery. This fascinating cemetery built in 1832 houses the tombs of more than 15,000 people in what is now a park full of sculptures, mausoleums, and gravestones that tell the story of a time gone by. Here are buried some of the most illustrious personages of the history of Scotland and several of the tombs were designed by the architect Alexander Thomson (one of those that I spoke to you in the article of the Route by the Glasgow Style). Local comedian Billy Connolly, referring to the necropolis, claimed that "Glasgow is a bit like Nashville, Tennessee: it does not care much for its living, but it takes good care of its dead.
3. Provand's Lordship
This impressive 15th-century house in front of the Cathedral is one of the few survivors of medieval Glasgow, which was demolished between the 18th and 20th centuries. In fact, if the cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow, Provand's Lordship is the oldest house. Visiting it, as well as being free, is worthwhile as it allows you to keep an eye on how the wealthy classes lived in the city. Its low ceilings and worn stairs are two of its charms, but my favorite is, without a doubt, the garden behind it.
4. Museums and Art Galleries
As in Edinburgh, almost all museums and art galleries in Glasgow are free. So, you already know: if you do not want to spend a lot and time does not accompany, dare to visit them. I promise you will not regret.
- Modern Art Gallery (GoMA - Gallery of Modern Art)
The GoMA is the most important museum of contemporary art in Glasgow and you will surely recognize it by the statue of the Duke of Wellington with his everlasting cone in his head. The Modern Art Gallery was inaugurated in 1996 in what was once the private home of a wealthy businessman in the city who had been enriched by the slave trade, back in the eighteenth century. Today inside you can see the best contemporary art exhibitions in the city.
- Kelvingrove Museum
Of all the free museums in Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Museum is possibly the best. In its galleries, you can see some 8,000 objects of the most varied and ranging from the Spitfire plane flying over one of the rooms to the mythical painting of Christ in the Cross by Salvador Dalí. It is the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside of London and it does not surprise me a bit. Give it a few hours and, if you go at noon, stay to see the organ concert.
- Hunterian Museum
The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland and its treasures range from meteorites to mummies and objects designed by Mackintosh. The bulk of its exhibitions is in several buildings on the campus of the University of Glasgow and my favorite is the one in the old part. It seems a real cabinet of curiosities and they have an exhibition about the Antonino Wall and the most interesting legacy of Rome in Scotland.
- Riverside Museum
Besides, because it is free and because it was designed by the great architect Zaha Hadid, if you visit Glasgow you can’t miss the Riverside Museum. This state-of-the-art complex located in the place where the Kelvin River and the Clyde River come together allows you to explore the history of transport in the city. You will see the first meters and trams that crossed the city, steam locomotives, bicycles, and even skateboards. It is super interactive, and I promise you to like it.
- People's Palace
Maybe you have never heard of People's Palace & Winter Gardens. Well, this small museum located in the East End of Glasgow is quite a surprise. If you want to discover everything about the history of the city and its inhabitants from 1750 to the present, come closer. And if history does not convince you, get closer, if only to take a walk among palm trees and exotic plants in your Victorian greenhouse.
- Burrell Collection
Okay, the Burrell Collection is closed for renovations until 2020. But if you can wait a couple of years, come to this spectacular collection of art that is the result of collector zeal Sir William Burrell, who donated it to the city. They have works by Rodin, Degas, Cézanne, medieval, Chinese, Islamic art and much more.
- Saint Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art
This museum is between Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship, so you have no excuse. As its name suggests, being a museum of religious art, it is a very quiet place. And also, a good place to explore the importance of religion in the lives of people all over the world and throughout history.
- The College of Piping
Did you know that in Glasgow there was a museum dedicated to bagpipes? Well, there is. The Museum of Piping houses the world's most important collection of everything related to the Highland Bagpipes. It is very "niche" but if you are interested in the subject, go to this center and take a look.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV