A game that never gets old, finding free things to do is like scoring that gem of a bargain that you can’t stop bragging about. Glasgow is a true Culture Tripper’s playground and the city is host to a multitude of free activities. So don’t get bored on a budget, get out there and enjoy our list of fantastic free things to do.
Get Lost In The Work Of Vincent Van Gogh And Salvador Dalí
Glasgow is praised for having one of the largest civic art collections in Europe. So make way for the extraordinary Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum and marvel at the abundance of masterpieces and 9,000 plus objects in its 22 themed galleries. Iconic and breathtaking, the hours can fly by while absorbing every inch of Dalí’s Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross and van Gogh’s portrait of Alexander Reid .
Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, Argyle St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 276 9599
Appreciate The Conical Aspect Of The Duke Of Wellington Statue
An insight into the incorrigible Glaswegian sense of humour, the Duke Of Wellington equestrian statue is an unmissable free tourist attraction. The best part is the traffic cone on his head, which will be there come rain or shine. When the council threatened to take it down, the people united as one and showed their unwavering loyalty for the cone via extensive petitioning and marches.
Explore The City Through A Different Lens And Admire The Street Art
Step into a world where a taxi ascends towards the heavens via a bunch of balloons, or come face to face with a not-so-timid tiger, and embark on the Mural Tour of the city. Impressive and animated, these massive murals, created by the likes of Rogue One and Smug, offer an insight into Glasgow’s lively art scene.
Travel Back To Glasgow’s Past At The Riverside Museum
Stocked to the brim with fascinating artefacts, it’s tricky to comprehend that the Riverside Museum, Glasgow’s transport and travel museum, is totally free! This exciting spot boasts over 3,000 objects and offers valuable information about Glasgow’s maritime history.
Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 287 2720
Stroll Amidst The Splendour Of The Botanics
Magical and serene, a wander at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens will do anyone the world of good, thanks to the abundance of flowers and greenery. The glasshouses, especially Kibble Palace, are perfect for exploring.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 276 1614
Try And Get The Doctor Who TARDIS To Work
No one is judging! Gung-ho Doctor Who fans can delight in the free Whovian Tour, an expedition across the city visiting relevant locations associated with both the television series and Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi. If touring sounds too conventional, make your own route towards a TARDIS.
Visit The World’s Oldest Surviving Music Hall
Built in 1857, the Britannia Panopticon is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. A tangible snippet of history situated in Trongate, any music or architect enthusiast should see this as a mandatory pilgrimage. It may be free, but a small contribution to the maintenance in the form of a donation is always appreciated.
Britannia Panopticon, 117 Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 553 0840
Grab A Moment Of Calm In A Victorian Cemetery
In the words of Billy Connolly: ‘Glasgow’s a bit like Nashville, Tennessee — it doesn’t care much for the living, but it really looks after the dead.’ Worth an explore, this Victorian cemetery houses around fifty thousand folk resting in peace, including people from both world wars. A great deal about the place can be unearthed from a simple graveyard tour.
Grace The Carrera Marble Staircase In The City Chambers
Once cannot simply go to Glasgow and surpass the City Chambers. A truly magnificent work of Victorian civic architecture attached with fascinating history, no words can sum up the beauty of the Carrera marble, gold leaf accents, stained glass dome, and garnishing of granite. The Banquet Hall is particularly captivating.
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 287 2000
Stretch Those Legs In The Many Green Spaces
Walk in the footsteps of the greats like Mackintosh, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and Gerard Butler, and have a wee stroll somewhere at least a bit greenish! From Queens Park and Kelvingrove, to Bellahouston (taking a look at the Elephant For Glasgow by Kenny Hunter), Botanic Gardens and Pollok Park, make it your mission to traverse them all.
Have A Look At One Of The Oldest Buildings In Glasgow
The Provand’s Lordship, with its impressive display of 17th century Scottish furniture and magical St Nicholas Garden, dates back to 1471. Not only is it the oldest surviving house in Glasgow, but it happens to be one of the four medieval buildings left in the city. A little pocket of calm within an urban jungle, visiting here is both informative and intriguing.
The Provand’s Lordship, 3 Castle St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 552 8819
Gaze At The Hip Modern Art In GoMA
Perfect for a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kind of outing, the Gallery of Modern Art is an oasis of inspiration with its ever-changing exhibitions by local, national and international artists. From paintings and sculptures, to photography, prints, videos and installations, there’s never a dull moment. Situated within an 18th century neo-classical building, the GoMA is filled with conversation starters.