What to see in Glasgow in 2 days? Do you need so much time at all?
How much time to spend in Glasgow
No more than 2 days.
You can see most tourist sites even for 1 day in Glasgow. However not to rush through everything as I did, you’d better spend 2 days in Glasgow. There are few interesting museums that are not to be missed.
Continue reading to find out how to spend 2 days in Glasgow in the most optimal way. To save time take a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus.
What to see in Glasgow in 2 days itinerary – map
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start the first day of the itinerary Glasgow in 2 days with a breakfast at McCune Smith or iCafe.
There is some great street art just next to iCafe. Don’t miss to take a look if you have a breakfast there. In fact, you can find amazing examples of street art all over the city.
09:45 AM – 10:45 AM
The Glasgow Cathedral is one of the most famous sites in the city. It is a stunning Gothic cathedral. In its crypt, you can see the tomb of Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city. If you are a fan of Outlander series, this place is a must.
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
The Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery next to the cathedral. Due to the fact that it is located on a hill, the views over the city are amazing. The cathedral and the cemetery are connected with a bridge that is called Bridge of sighs. In the past, it was a part of the route of the funeral processions.
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Provand’s Lordship is the oldest remaining house from the medieval period in Glasgow. It is small but charming and free to visit!
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Have a lunch at The Wilson Street Pantry or Café Gandolfi.
03:00 PM – 03:15 PM
The Tolbooth Steeple once was a part of the Glasgow Town Hall.
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
Take a walk in the Winter Gardens. If you are interested in the history of the city and its people, visit People’s Palace.
04:45 PM – 05:15 PM
St Andrew’s Cathedral
St Andrew’s Cathedral is a small beautiful cathedral from the beginning of the 19th century.
05:15 PM – 05:30 PM
Gallery of Modern Art and Duke of Wellington Statue
While passing along the Gallery of Modern Art, stop and take a look at the Duke of Wellington Statue.
This is one of the symbols of Glasgow – an orange traffic cone on the statue’s head. The cone was placed here around 1980 by some local residents. The authorities removed it many times, but in vain. It appeared again and again. At the end, the authorities decided to leave it there for good. During my visit to Glasgow, the cone was on the horse’s head.
05:30 PM – 05:45 PM
George Square and City Chambers
The Victorian building of the City Chambers gives a classical look to George Square. However, in the past, the square was a muddy hollow used for horse slaughtering.
Finish the first day with a dinner at Bread Meats Bread or Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie. Bread Meats Bread offers great burgers. Choose Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie if you are looking for a more formal dining.
If you love Indian food try Obsession Of India, a great restaurant in the Merchant City.
For fish and chips go to Merchant Chippie.
To taste some awesome gin, go to Gin71. There are two bars in the city centre. If you are into beer, Brewdog Bar is your place.
After sunset, take a walk along the river. There are some spectacular views. I took the photo below from the bridge on Crown St.
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Start the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Glasgow with a breakfast at Piece or Roast.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Spend a little time exploring this fantastic free museum. There is also a free organ recital every day in the Centre Hall.
If you are in a mood for something sweet after the gallery, go to Tantrum Doughnuts.
12:15 PM – 01:00 PM
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow looks like it came from the Harry Potter movies. It is one of the must-see sites in Glasgow.
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Stop for a lunch at Kember & Jones or University Cafe.
03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Hunterian Museum and Hunterian Art Gallery
The Hunterian is the oldest museum in Scotland. It is opened in 1807.
04:45 PM – 06:00 PM
Explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens or just relax on a bench.
Have a dinner at Bothy or Stravaigin. In both restaurants, you can try traditional Scottish food.
Try some whisky at Òran Mór, a bar located in a church.
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. Check out which are the best day tours from Glasgow.
I recommend these tours
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 where to stay in Glasgow to get the best of the city.
Have you been to Glasgow? What else is a must if you have 2 days in Glasgow?
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