A magnificent and imposing mass of red sandstone and gothic-looking spires, Kelvingrove is Glasgow’s finest museum – and arguably Scotland’s too. The collection contains more than 8,000 pieces, which range from one of Europe’s greatest displays of civic art to a Supermarine Spitfire suspended dramatically from the ceiling. You’ll also find a world-famous assembly of arms and armour from throughout the ages, pieces from ancient Scotland and ancient Egypt alike, and various natural history exhibits showing off weird and wonderful beasts from across thousands of centuries. There’s a menagerie of more recently stuffed animals too, including Sir Roger the Indian Elephant, one of Kelvingrove’s oldest and most-loved exhibits (just try to stop the kids from spotting the bullet hole in his skull).
If you’re ever stuck for what to do in central Glasgow, just follow the River Clyde. Once one of the UK’s most active trade routes, this beautiful, glimmering, snaking thoroughfare is now lined with attraction after attraction. From world-class Glasgow museums to grandiose gardens, these landmarks offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s rich industrial and maritime heritage. But that’s not to say the rest of the city lacks its fair share of impressive sights and architecture: it doesn’t. Whether craft beer bars, country parks or illustrious restored ships are more your thing, these are the absolute best Glasgow attractions.