24 Hours in Glasgow

I hadn’t thought of Glasgow as much of a tourist destination compared to Edinburgh, but with a night to spare we wanted to try a new destination.  The trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow run frequently and take about an hour from city center to city center so it isn’t to painful to get around.  After arriving in central Glasgow in the early afternoon, we found we were hungry for lunch and since our American friends hadn’t had a proper afternoon tea yet, our destination was the Willow Tearooms, conveniently located near the train station.  The tearoom was famously designed (down to the silver!) by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a well known architect.  The finger sandwiches and cakes were delicious! (although in addition to our tea, by some sort of mistake, we ended up with about 8 glasses of tap water for three of us…)

We then checked into our airbnb apartment and chatted with some locals in a nearby pub (that I’m pretty sure featured stained glass of Mel Gibson. Not kidding). We found some epic noodles and sushi for dinner, and unsure what to do with ourselves on a Monday night in Glasgow, found The Stand Comedy Club hosting a £5 improv night! It was hilarious, and one of the best five pounds I’ve spent on a vacation. 

The following morning, we found ourselves a full Scottish breakfast, and headed to the botanical gardens, which are free to wander and pretty interesting, and made our way to the university of Glasgow and the Kelvingrove museum, a collection of all sorts of random historical, natural history and art objects. It’s worth a wander but on a Tuesday, it was filled with school children which made that more difficult. 

The Glasgow cathedral was an interesting sight, also known as the cathedral of St Mungo. What I basically gleaned from the cathedral was that back in the day, they extensively exaggerated his life story to get more money for the church, and it appears to have worked. Nearby is the necropolis, city of the dead, which is pretty morbid but you get to see some impressive Victorian era graves and great views of the city and cathedral. It is estimated that 50,000 bodies are interred there. 

 After that hike, we made our way back to the station, stopping for snacks and whisky, and headed back to the lakes. 

I’d like to go back, for a night out and for the beautiful architecture. Have you been to Glasgow? What did we miss? I’m always looking for an excuse to go back!

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  1. Lucy says:

    I can see why you’d love to go back there. I’ve never been to Glasgow but it looks like a beautiful place to spend some time in. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. Have a lovely day!

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    1. It was, and we may be going back for the World Series of darts! Such a fun city!

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  2. Beachbums1 says:

    I’ve been to Glasgow a couple of times and love it. My favorite vegetarian restaurant, Mono, is there (my meat eating husband loved it too). Fun atmosphere. The city chambers on George Square is a nice place to visit as well ~ beautiful building and artwork (and free).

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    1. I’ll have to check out the city chambers next time. There were so many beautiful buildings there! Maybe I could even be convinced to try vegetarian food 🙂


  3. I haven’t been to Glasgow since I was a child – seems like that needs to go on the list too!! It sounds great – the Comedy Club sounds a lot of fun too.

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    1. Definitely a good city to see. And the comedy club was a blast! I’m so glad we went!

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  4. I went to Glasgow many years ago and found it gloomy and dark. In retrospect, I don’t think I gave it a chance. (And, to be fair, I was probably only there for a day!) I think my opinion was colored by some folks from Edinburgh who I was staying with who clearly had a rivalry with Glaswegians. After recently watching Anthony Bordain there and a few other travel programs I am ready to give it another shot on my next trip to Scotland! Your blog is re-inspiring me to check it out again.

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    1. Glad to hear it is inspiring you to give Glasgow another chance! Edinburgh is obviously the more touristy/popular city, Glasgow is definitely worth a visit! So much good food and interesting things to see.

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  5. Girl Gone Expat says:

    As you I had not thought of Glasgow as a tourist destination, but it looks pretty cozy from your photos, especially tea time:) The cathedral is also pretty impressive.

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    1. The tea was fantastic! Interesting architecture and delicious cakes, what more can you ask for? 🙂

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  6. Nice variety of images.


    1. Thanks for stopping by! It’s a great city to visit

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