The city of museums, music and art, Glasgow is one of the most populated and liveliest towns in Scotland. It is located one hour west by train from the capital Edinburgh.
There are a number of museums as well as a massive conventional centre the SSE Hydro which can occupy over 10,000+ people here in Glasgow. This is why many music festivals and concerts are usually held here either here or Manchester for the northern part of UK. I came here in November 2014 for the MTV EMA 2014 Award show and took the chance along to explore the city as well!
There are two main railway stations Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Station (which are only 7 minutes walking distant apart), both are in the middle of the city so no need to worry in getting into the city centre at the first place! However, there are many buses as well as trams (same as Edinburgh). Glasgow also has a circular subway line which runs through the city too!
1. GEORGE SQUARE
Right outside Glasgow Queen Street Railway station is one of the main squares in Glasgow. It is more quiet during the day and comes alive during the night.
2. Gallery of Modern Art
Only few minutes walk from the railway station (passing through George Square) you will find one of the most famous art galleries in Scotland, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). As the name suggested, it showcases different varieties of Modern Art, I’ve been here twice now and I know that they switch there artworks, exhibitions every few weeks or a month so each time you visit there are something different for you to see! Note that there is a soldier statue riding a horse with a street cone on the top of his head – it’s always been there but sometimes it fell down by the wind/rain and they’ll put it back on his head again (it’s their selling point! xD)
3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Named one of the ‘500 best places on the planet’ by Lonely Planet in 2014. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a ‘must’ in Glasgow. However, it is quite far from the city centre (35 minutes walk) so I suggest you to take the subway or the bus here. The museum is much bigger than it looks and you can expect to spend few hours here.
4. THE SSE HYDRO
The SSE Hydro is one of the biggest convention centres in northern UK (over 3 times bigger than Manchester O2 Arena). The best time to come here to see the view is during the night where the buildings come to life from the lightings and the water reflections.
Charlie XCX performing on stage in the SSE Hydro Arena
Travelling to new places has opened so many new perspectives of life for me so I would suggest you to do the same Glasgow is such a beautiful city for me and I would love to go back there again one day! There are so much more to do than what I’ve listed! Please let me know how you feel about Glasgow down the comment section below!
Until next time…Happy Exploring!! 😀
All the best wishes,
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)