Get to know Glasgow with a City Sightseeing tour

Whether you are a foodie looking for great cuisine, a lover of design and architecture or simply someone who wants to shop and find the most insta-worthy spots in the city, our tour helps you find your Glasgow.

From the famed University of Glasgow at stop 14 to the stunning Hydro concert venue at stop 11, we’ve got all interests covered.

On our tour map, we’ve listed all the key attractions found at each stop and our friendly guides will recommend the key attractions and sights along the route.

The best part is many of Glasgow’s top attractions are free! You can hop off our tour at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the most visited museum in the UK outside London, and explore their extensive and fascinating collection which includes everything from mummies to Mackintosh and dinosaurs to Dali. The Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship also make for a budget-friendly adventure where you can discover Glasgow’s transport through the years, with lots of family friendly fun and interactive exhibits.

If you are a Charles Rennie Mackintosh lover, The Lighthouse at stop 7 and the Hunterian at stop 14 are home to some of his finest work.

Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis are among the most popular landmarks in the city. Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow dating back to 1136 and is known for its distinctive lime green roof. It is the oldest Cathedral building on the Scottish mainland remaining intact. The Necropolis overlooks Glasgow Cathedral and is a Victorian burial ground.

Glasgow is known for being the set of many a blockbuster film and hit television series. Our very own St Vincent Street stood in for London in a high speed car chase in Fast and Furious spin off ‘Hobbs and Shaw’. Outlander has filmed several scenes in our city, with an executive producer even naming Glasgow Cathedral as his favourite filming location. World War Z starring Brad Pitt filmed its opening scenes in the heart of our city at George Square.

For Harry Potter fans, the cloisters at the University of Glasgow are a must-see. The Gothic-revival style main building bears strong resemblance to the fictional School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogwarts. The grassy Quadrangles bring to mind Hogwarts’ grounds where Harry learns to fly in the first film. Have a wander through the grounds and you’re guaranteed a variety of Instagram hot spots.

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat within a vibrant city centre, you’ve come to the right place. The Gaelic for Glasgow is Glaschu which means ‘Dear Green Place’. We are lucky to have over 90 parks and gardens where you can soak up tranquility and nature in the heart of the city. From Glasgow Green to Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens, there is plenty of choice for a summer stroll or mindful moment.

We also recommend you visit the People Make Glasgow website where you’ll find a great array of things to do and places to visit while you are here.

Attractions

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The beautiful Victorian architecture brings to mind Hogwarts from Harry Potter.

Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow's transport museum, home to over 3,000 objects from skateboards and locomotives to motorbikes. In 2013, it won European Museum of the Year.

Scottish Events Campus

Scottish Events Campus

The Scottish Events Campus hosts Glasgow's biggest conferences, events and concerts.

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

One of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art wears a cone on his head, a demonstration of the local sense of humour.

Image courtesy of Visit Scotland.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. Kelvingrove's iconic organ is played daily and is one of the best kept secret's of the city.

Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

The City Chambers is one of Glasgow's most magnificent buildings in the heart of George Square. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1888 its said to have more marble than the Vatican.

The Clydeside Distillery

The Clydeside Distillery

Immerse yourself in the dockside story and experience one of Scotland's most unique distillery tours. Steeped in Glasgow's shipbuilding history, the Queen's Dock was once the beating heart of the city's industry and trade.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Packed with fun and three floors of hands on science exhibits, Glasgow Science Centre one of the city's most popular attractions.

Restaurants

Mharsanta

Mharsanta

Enjoy a taste of Scotland in the heart of Merchant City. City Sightseeing customers get 20% off their food when ordering from the main menu.

La Bonne Auberge

La Bonne Auberge

Discover French classics in Glasgow's original brasserie. Enjoy 15% off food with your City Sightseeing ticket from January to November.

Willow Tea Rooms

Willow Tea Rooms

Stop for a delicious sweet treat in these Mackintosh-inspired tea rooms. City Sightseeing customers get 15% off traditional afternoon tea.

Hotels

Carlton George

Stop 1

Stop 2

Grand Central Hotel

Stop 8

Radisson Blue Hotel

Stop 8

Glasgow Marriott

Stop 9

Glasgow Hilton

Stop 9

Motel ONE

Stop 9

Blythswood Square

Stop 19

Doubletree by Hilton

Stop 20

Point A Hotel

Stop 20

Hotels

Did You Know?

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has 22 theme galleries full of 8000 artistic delights