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The 6 Best-Kept Secrets of Glasgow
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The 6 Best-Kept Secrets of Glasgow

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Glasgow is world-famous for its culture; it boasts museums and galleries and restaurants galore. Yet some treasures may have slipped through the cracks. Here are six of the best-kept secrets of Glasgow.
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The Mackintosh House

Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh is renowned in his native Glasgow, and his designs can be seen all over the city. Most people don’t know, however, about The Mackintosh House containing reassembled interiors of rooms from the Mackintoshes’ Glasgow home. Featuring the Mackintoshes’ real furniture and with original fixtures of the house, this is a site not to be missed.

The Mackintosh House, The Hunterian Art Gallery, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 330 4221

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The Hidden Lane Tearoom

Small and well-hidden, this tearoom is hard to locate but worth the challenge. Enjoy pots of tea in charmingly mismatched cups and saucers, excellent and fairly-priced sandwiches and soups, home-baked cakes and scones, and a delightful vintage ambiance.

The Hidden Lane Tearoom, 1103 Argyle Street, Unit 8, The Hidden Lane, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 237 4391

The Hidden Lane Tearoom | © STV Photos/Flickr
The Hidden Lane Tearoom | © STV Photos/Flickr
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The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Free to enter (with a suggested donation of £3), this interactive museum is chock-full of models of vintage cars, motorcycles, trains, and more. The highlight, though, is a tour of the Tall Ship, otherwise known as the Glenlee, an 1896 barque formerly used as a cargo carrier and as a Spanish naval ship, which is now stationed adjacent to the museum in the Glasgow Harbor.

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 287 2720

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The Flying Duck

Decorated with bunting and fairy lights, packed with retro video and board games, and often offering live music, pub quizzes, and club nights, The Flying Duck is one of the most unassuming yet fun-loving bars in Glasgow.

The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 564 1450

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Kelvingrove Organ Recitals

Every tourist to Glasgow hits up the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, but less well-known are the daily organ recitals which occur at 1 pm Mondays-Saturdays and at 3 pm Sundays. After the recital, join the museum’s Director of Music, Dr Jim Hunter, for a quick tour.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 276 9599

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum | © Lighting the Museum/WikiCommons
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum | © Lighting the Museum/WikiCommons
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City Chambers Tours

Opened in 1888 by Queen Victoria, the City Chambers have been home to successive city councils for over 100 years. Inside the ornate exterior you’ll find the largest marble staircase in Western Europe, made of imported Italian Carrara marble. Tours are free and happen throughout the week.

George Square, Glasgow City, Glasgow City G2 1DU, United Kingdom, 0141 287 4018