The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow offers an eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.
What to do and see
One must-see is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, a public park located at the west end of Scotland. Filled with a lush variety of flora and fauna, Glasgow Botanic Gardens combines the best of history and nature. The famous Kibble Palace within the Botanic Gardens is probably one of Glasgow's most loved buildings. Built by engineer John Kibble at his home in Coulport, Loch Long, this unique glasshouse was presented by him to the Royal Botanic Institution.
It was later dismantled, and reassembled in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens. Today the Kibble Palace houses flora from the Temperate Zones, including Southern Africa, China, Madeira, and even, yes, you guessed it, New Zealand. If you are in need of a short break to recharge your body, head down to the Tearoom, found in the former curators house near the Kibble Palace, for a spot of tea.
Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum located in a magnificent stone building that is a sight to behold. Filled to the brim with all kinds of art and paintings, from French Impressionist to traditional Scottish works, this is a stop that any culture vulture would not want to miss.
For those interested in history, a visit to the Glasgow Necropolis is surely in order. A Victorian cemetery home to over 50,000 departed souls, located at the top of the hill; it offers a somber yet beautiful walk through time. Though it may sound daunting to visit a cemetery, the well-landscaped grounds of the Glasgow Necropolis ensure that there is nothing spooky at all about the place.
Want to feel like a student again? Head down to the legendary University of Glasgow for a tour or a short walk around the campus grounds. Student guides are on hand should you need one, but it is also all right to just take your time and stroll around the area, reminiscing your own school days and good times. Many have said that it looks a tad like Hogwarts the school of Harry Potter fame.
Buy a discovery ticket for unlimited travel in one day and head on to Glasgow’s subway which is the third oldest in the world after London and Budapest. Disembark at every station and have a drink at the nearest pub, get back on and repeat till you end up back at the first pub you started in. With 15 stations in total, you’re in for a wild ride.
Finally, for the shopaholics, do not miss out on a trip to Buchanan Street. Lined with all sorts of shops from shoes to apparel, you can be sure to find the latest in fashion and design both for men and women alike.
How to get around
Within Glasgow, everything is pretty easily accessible with a well-developed network of buses and trains. For a more concentrated sightseeing, board a specific sightseeing bus that takes you to different attractions around the city and allows you to hop on and hop off at your own discretion.
How to get there
Check Skyscanner for your preferred flight from a city in New Zealand to Glasgow Airport. From there, you can take bus, train or taxi to get to the city centre. Car rentals are also available and you can follow the main motorway to get to town.