1 day in Glasgow

places to visit in glasgow in one day

What to see in Glasgow in one day? Is it even possible to see all of the city if you spend 1 day in Glasgow?

How much time do you need to see Glasgow

From one to two days.

One day is enough if you aren’t into museums. To save time use the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus.

How much time I spent

When I was planning my trip to Scotland I wasn’t sure how much time I would need to see Glasgow. I was wondering between one or two days.

Finally, I decided to go with one day, because I wanted to spend more time in Edinburgh. However, with so little time I had to skip few interesting museums. Thus if you are flexible with time, I suggest you spend 2 days in Glasgow.

Yet, if you have only one day, check out my itinerary 1 day in Glasgow to get the best of the city.

What to see in Glasgow in 1 day itinerary – map

Morning – Tour the city centre of Glasgow

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

Breakfast

Start the itinerary 1 day in Glasgow with a breakfast at The Wilson Street Pantry or iCafe. I love the toast with avocado and salmon at The Wilson Street Pantry. The porridge is also good.

The Wilson Street Pantry

If you choose iCafe for a breakfast, don’t miss to see the amazing street art right across the café.

street art

09:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Glasgow Cathedral

The 12th-century cathedral is a stunning example of the Gothic architecture. It houses the tomb of Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow. The cathedral is also one of the shooting locations of the Outlander series.

Glasgow Cathedral

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Necropolis

Right next to the cathedral is the Necropolis, an old Victorian cemetery. The bridge that connects the cathedral and the cemetery, is known as the Bridge of sighs. The name comes from the fact that this bridge was a part of the route of funeral processions. As the Necropolis is located on a hill, the views over the Glasgow cathedral are quite beautiful.

Necropolis

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Provand’s Lordship

Provand’s Lordship is the oldest remaining medieval house in Glasgow. It dates from 15th century. It is free to visit the house.

Provand's Lordship

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

George Square and City Chambers

The George Square is named after King George III. Initially, the square was a muddy hollow used for slaughtering horses. The square started to get its current look during 18th and 19th century. The building of the City Chambers is a great example of the Victorian architecture.

George Square and City Chambers

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Gallery of Modern Art and Duke of Wellington Statue

Pass along the beautiful 18th-century building of Gallery of Modern Art. In front of it, you will see the statue of the Duke of Wellington.

Gallery of Modern Art.

The statue has an orange traffic cone on its head. Initially, it was placed for a joke by few local residents. The authorities regularly removed the cone, only to find it placed again. Today this cone is a symbol of Glasgow. During my visit, the orange cone was placed on the horse’s head.

Duke of Wellington Statue

01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Lunch

Stop for a lunch at Martha’s or Singl-end.

Singl-end
Singl-end

Afternoon – Explore West End and see the University of Glasgow

03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Pass along the building of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum is free, so if you are into art, spare some time to see the exhibitions.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

03:45 PM – 04:15 PM

University of Glasgow

This is the place where you will feel like in one of the Harry Potter movies. The movies weren’t shot here in fact. However, it is a magical place.

University of Glasgow

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens is the ideal place to finish a day of sightseeing. Take a walk or just sit on a bench and enjoy the sun (if it is sunny). I was very lucky with the weather during the first days of my trip – sunny without a single drop of rain. Something not very common in Scotland.

Botanic Gardens

Dinner

Finish the itinerary 1 day in Glasgow with a dinner at Bothy or Stravaigin. Both restaurants offer traditional Scottish food.

After dinner

Try some whisky at Òran Mór, a bar located in a church.

What else to do in Glasgow

Take a day tour to Loch Ness and Loch Lomond and discover the magnificent beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Visit Stirling Castle or Edinburgh Castle by taking some day trips from Glasgow by train.

Check out the itinerary 2 days in Glasgow for more things to do in the city.

I recommend these tours


Where to stay in Glasgow

Luxury option – Dakota Glasgow – located in the western part of the city centre, the hotel is a great base to explore the centre and West End.
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Mid-range – Grasshopper Hotel Glasgow – is the best choice if you are looking for something near George Square and the Central train station.
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Apartment – Fraser Suites Glasgow – awesome apartments housed in a beautifully-renovated Victorian building in the Merchant City.
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If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, find out what is the best area to stay in Glasgow.


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