One of the reasons I love Glasgow is the vast amount of free things to do. From attractions to tours, there is always something to do and it is the perfect city for those on a budget
Widely advertised are the big museums and parks which offer amazing experiences and there is a reason that they are so popular. However, there are also plenty of lesser known gems in the city that are equally deserving of a visit and offer a more unique experience.
If you are looking for something alternative to do in Glasgow, then this guide lists ten places and tours that are free and in my opinion worthwhile. As with everything in my travel blog I have visited them all and I'm happy to provide any more information you need although I've included all the links to the appropriate websites.
Although everything listed here are free things to do in Glasgow, I've noted ones that are grateful for donations to help maintain their attraction so please consider this if you enjoyed your visit. I could easily have included another ten so maybe I'll have to work on part 2!
If you're looking for something different to do in the city this is a good place to start.
1. Go on a free walking tour of the Necropolis
Friends of the Necropolis run free walking tours around Glasgow's most famous graveyard. Pointing out monuments of interest and telling the real stories of some of the people that are buried here brings this city of the dead to life. The views at the top are some of the best in Glasgow.
The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and passionate which really adds to the experience. Tours last approx 2 hrs (mine was almost 2 1/2), wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The walking tours are free but donations welcome which help towards restoration projects, you also need to book in advance.
2. Visit the Glasgow Gurdwara
The Glasgow Gurdwara serves the Sikh community in the city and beyond. However, it also extends a warm welcome to anyone wishing to visit and free tours can be booked.
Lasting approx 45 mins, tours take in the various areas of the Gurdwara, explain about the Sikh faith and there is the opportunity to enjoy a free meal from the community kitchen.
Glasgow is a mulitcultural city and a visit here helps you understand more about one of the many faiths that make up modern day Scotland.
Shoes should be removed within the Gurdwara and scarves are provided to cover your head.
3. Take a free tour of Glasgow City Chambers
Glasgow City Chambers is the headquarters of Glasgow City Council. Free public tours take place weekdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm, there is no need to book just arrive at the reception.
Tours last approx 40 mins and take in the working area, opulent banqueting hall, marble staircase and portrait gallery. There is even the opportunity to sit in the Lord Provost's chair, an ideal photo!
As the City Chambers is a working building access to some areas may be restricted at certain times.
I highly recommend a visit here as the architecture, artwork and decor are pretty impressive, and in my opinion it is the best free tour in Glasgow!
The clip clop of impressive Clydesdale horses trotting along the riverside, Highland cattle roaming the fields, a grand country house with perfectly groomed lawns and gardens. Pollok Country Park makes you feel not only as if you have been transported out of the city but in some parts back in time.
With ducks floating down the river and the fragrant aromas from the herb garden wafting in the air, it is hard to believe you are only 3 miles from Glasgow city centre and even closer to it's busiest motorway.
Glasgow translates from Gaelic as 'Dear Green Place' and with over 90 parks and gardens you never have to look far if you need a retreat from the hustle and bustle. If you head to the southside you will find two of the best historic and cultural attractions in Glasgow set in the city's only country park which also happens to be it's biggest.
If you want to find some of Glasgow's latest works of art then you just have to take a walk around the streets. In an attempt to rejuvenate neglected areas of the city, some giant sized murals are taking over buildings, walls and bridges.
Glasgow has always been well known as a city that loves art, design and architecture and it finally seems to have embraced the original beauty that can be created by street art.
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