Top things to do in Glasgow

From its edgy arts scene and hip shops to distinctive, trailblazing buildings – Glasgow moves in its own way. Be inspired with Virgin’s pick of the shops, museums, galleries and grub.   

 

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Need Inspiration? What to see

Amazing architecture

Glasgow looks like no other city. And this distinctive look is in part down to legendary architect and local lad Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who left his Art Nouveau fingerprints across the city. Must-see Mackintosh:

Glasgow School of Art: This iconic building is still a working art school – visit its new Window on Mackintosh visitor centre – it's amazing.
Mackintosh's buildings alone are worthy of a trip to the city – find cheap train tickets to Glasgow.

 

Ancient stuff

See the skeleton of a 300-million-year-old shark that was found by – wait for it – a man walking his dog, at The Hunterian. Other highlights at this Glasgow Uni museum include coral found by Scottish fishermen (coral reefs aren't just tropical, apparently) and a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.

 

The science bit

Get your boffin head on at the Glasgow Science Centre. You can build your own rocket, or run on a giant hamster wheel (really) ‘til you’re worn out at this futuristic science centre on the waterfront.

Hidden Glasgow

The Mitchell Library: Jaw-droppingly beautiful, both inside and out, the Mitchell is Scotland's largest public reference library. Bookworms will adore it. Discover one of the world's greatest collections of Burns' manuscripts, or trace your ancestors at the family history centre.

Retail therapy

High-street heaven

Glasgow's Style Mile is the square mile in the very centre of the city. Find the best of the high street at Buchanan Galleries and Buchanan Quarter. John Lewis, River Island, Hollister, Skechers, Paperchase, Boots, Warehouse and Gap are all here.

 

Vintage shops, one-off boutiques and homewares 

Once the domain of tobacco lords, Merchant City is now a vibrant shopping hub full of quirky independents. Mr Ben Retro Clothing has everything from period dresses to military regalia.

 

Label lovers – designer shopping

Ingram Street

Fashion boulevard chock-full of luxury and niche brands. Find locals' favourite Cruise, Ralph Lauren and Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green store. Mad for it – yes we are.

Princes Square

Luxe-label-tastic. Belstaff for biker jackets, Joules for shabby-chic wear, Whistles for preppy ladies wear. And Pringle of Scotland for the softest cashmere. With cheap trains to Glasgow you can afford to splash out.