Excursion to Glasgow


When you intern in Edinburgh, one of your excursions will be to the city of Glasgow. Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is an easy train ride away from Edinburgh.

Enjoy a leisurely day walking around the medieval city, and take in gorgeous architecture while you do so. Here are a few ideas for your day in Glasgow.

First, head over to the historic Glasgow Cathedral, consecrated in 1197. A visit here is a must. Not only is there the typical old, gorgeous cathedral on the first floor, but walk downstairs and there is an entire second cathedral, vaulted archways and all, underneath. Part of what makes the Cathedral visiting is that it is the most complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland, having survived the Protestant Reformation.

After the cathedral, walk up to the Victorian cemetery known as the Necropolis, where you will find around 3500 monuments.

On your way back, walk by Drygate Brewery. Grab some lunch, and if you’re there on a Sunday, take a tour.

In the city center, look at the statues in George Square and take a free tour of the City Chambers. Enjoy the sounds of the buskers as you head down to Buchanan Street and Princes Square to do some shopping. Then pop on the train and take it a stop west to head down to the West End.

On this side of the city, you will find the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, walking through the large and beautiful Kelvingrove Park to get there. Open since 1901, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. The museum has 22 themed galleries displaying 8000 objects.

Afterwards, head up to the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, located where the River Kelvin forms off of the River Clyde. The Riverside was the winner of the European Museum of the Year award in 2013, and is free to visit. Glasgow has many museums, including the Gallery of Modern Art. Find out about all of them here.

Then it’s just a short walk over to Byres Road and the West End. This is where you’ll find great restaurants and small, unique boutique shops.

On your way back towards downtown, you’ll pass right by the University of Glasgow. Take a walk around the grounds which, since it was founded in 1451, is full of beautiful architecture.

Before you head back to Edinburgh, take a Behind-the-Scenes look at Glasgow’s train station. “You will walk in subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow’s streets, visit railway vaults that drove Glasgow’s industrial expansion to become ‘The Second City of The British Empire’, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station.”

Enjoy your day in Glasgow!