Glasgow is one of Scotland’s most exciting and metropolitan cities, full of culture, nightlife and history. And if you’re visiting on a budget, there’s plenty to do that won’t cost you a penny. From exploring the Botanic Gardens to checking out hip art at GoMA, here are some of the best free things to do in this Scottish hub.
Embark on Glasgow’s Mural Trail, and you’ll find yourself stepping into a new world – one where a taxi ascends towards the heavens via a bunch of balloons and a saint gets a contemporary makeover. These graphic murals, created by renowned street artists such as Rogue One and Smug, offer an insight into the city’s lively art scene outside the galleries.
Although Doctor Who is more commonly associated with Cardiff, fans can travel through time and space on the Glaswegian Whovian Tour. This expedition across the city is a great way to see the sights while visiting locations associated with both the television series and the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. No need to book anything – just look up the route online and be on your way.
Pause outside the GoMA to get an insight into the incorrigible Glaswegian sense of humour. The Duke of Wellington equestrian statue is an unmissable free tourist attraction (not to mention a great photo opportunity) due to the now-iconic traffic cone placed permanently on his head. When the council threatened to take it down, thousands of Glaswegians united in showing their unwavering loyalty to the cone with extensive petitioning and marches.
You might not think a traffic-heavy road between two busy train lines is a good spot to unwind, but that’s exactly where Glasgow’s Hidden Gardens lie. Tucked neatly behind Pollokshaws Road, this little urban retreat is full of local art, sculptures and beautiful flowers and plays host to a litany of talks and other activities throughout the year – most of them completely free.
Additional reporting by Callum Davies.