Last month I turned 25 years old so, we could not think of a better way to celebrate than with a weekend trip to Glasgow.
In this post, I share with you what you can do in a weekend in this Scottish city and the best part, all for free!
But before some useful tips:
- If you are going to stay for such a short time, better stay right in the city center, you can walk to almost all the attractions from there. We stayed at Motel One Glasgow and it was great!
- Buy a day metro ticket it costs less than 5£. The truth is than you can walk to everywhere but sometimes if the rain hits, why don’t take the metro? Or if you have just the weekend and don’t want to «waste» time walking from one point to another it’s a good option. There are only 2 lines, which makes it super easy!
- If you arrive to Prestwick airport, there are trains and buses that go to the city center. In our case, we had a late flight so the train service was not working. Luckily, there is the bus service for 12£. It’s better to book in advance, just to make sure. Click here to see more bus information.
- For the flight back home, we took the train from the central station. The ticket was less than 5£ each.
The oldest house in Glasgow, built in 1471, it was originally part of a Hospital. You can visit inside the house and its garden for free. It’s also located in Castle St. We visited it before going to the Cathedral.
Gallery of Modern Art
The entrance is also free and it’s located right in the city center. On the weekend they are open from 11am to 5pm.
The funniest thing is that right in front there is the monument of Wellington with a traffic cone covering his head. It’s believed it was in the 80’s the first cone appeared. The council stoped removing the cone since every time they will, it will appear again, so they decided to just leave it. Lonely Planet guide named it one of the most bizarre monument on Earth.
All around the city you will find the amazing murals. It makes the city looks even more charming and interesting! In this link, you will find a map with a route to visit them all.
Overlooking George Square, Glasgow City Chambers is one of the city’s most prestigious buildings. **Outlander fan girl moment** When Claire and Frank got married in London, they actually filmed here!
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The museum is the most important in Scotland and the most visited museum of the UK – outside London. The entrance is free!
Glasgow Botanical Gardens
I love green spaces and Glasgow has beautiful ones… this one was my favorite. After spending some time here, why don’t visit the University which is a few minutes away from the Gardens?
The beautiful University of Glasgow is located near Kelvingrove Museum. We visited on a Sunday so, some parts where closed, still we could visit a little of the inside.
It was founded in 1451 and is one of Scotland’s ancient universities.
For ending the day we went to check out the cute Ashton Road where you will find pubs and restaurants.