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? Totally. 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.
However, if you have only one day, check out my itinerary 1 day in Glasgow to get the best of the city. Save time by taking a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus.
What to see in Glasgow in 1 day itinerary – map
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
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. If you choose iCafe for a breakfast, don’t miss to see the amazing street art right across the café.
09:45 AM – 10:30 AM
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.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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.
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Provand’s Lordship is the oldest remaining medieval house in Glasgow. It dates from 15th century. It is free to visit the house.
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.
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. 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.
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Stop for a lunch at Martha’s or Singl-end.
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.
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.
04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
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 for Scotland.
Finish the itinerary 1 day in Glasgow with a dinner at Bothy or Stravaigin. Both restaurants offer traditional Scottish food.
Try some whisky at Òran Mór, a bar located in a church.
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What else to see
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.
Where to stay in Glasgow
Dakota Glasgow – located in the western part of the city centre, the hotel is a great base to explore the centre and West End.
Grasshopper Hotel Glasgow – is the best choice if you are looking for something near George Square and the Central train station.
If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, find out what is the best area to stay in Glasgow.