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10 Best Things To Do Alone In Glasgow, Scotland

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Catherine
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The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde and possesses a long history as a thriving commercial port city. Extremely proud of its working-class roots, Glasgow is best known for expert shipbuilding, raucous football, lively music, and brilliant museums. The streets are lined with stunning architecture comprised of stately Victorian homes, medieval historic sites, and classy Art Nouveau buildings. All these compelling elements make Glasgow a surprising mix of upscale sophistication and rugged earthiness. If you’re traveling alone to Glasgow, here’s a fabulous list of fun things to do alone in this captivating city.

1. Admire gothic architecture at Glasgow Cathedral


You can’t help but marvel at the medieval beauty of the Glasgow Cathedral. One of Glasgow’s oldest buildings and an exquisite example of gothic architecture, Glasgow Cathedral features amazing sights like a crypt housing the tomb of the city’s patron saint, lovely hand-carved pews, a ceiling adorned with vibrantly painted carved-stone bosses, and a huge collection of shimmering stained glass. To get an intimate look at Glasgow Cathedral, take a complimentary hour-long tour by a volunteer guide.

Glasgow Cathedral

Address: Cathedral Precinct, Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK

Website: Glasgow Cathedral

Opening hours: Varies

Price: Free

2. Check out The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Source: Photo by user Stephen Sweeney used under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you’re taking a stroll in the popular West End neighborhood don’t miss the chance to visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This is an age-old structure showcasing some outstanding architecture as well as a wide-ranging collection of over 8,000 objects and a variety of alluring themed exhibits. A standout is the suspended Flying Heads installation that greets visitors as they enter the foyer. From dinosaurs to Dali, this is a must-see museum covering a mind-boggling amount of material but well worth the time.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Address: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK

Website: The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 5pm; Mon - Thurs: 10am - 5pm; Fri: 11am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm

Price: Free

3. See the filming locations of the Harry Potter movies at Glasgow University


If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you must check out where the filming of the legendary wizard’s action took place at Glasgow University. The grand interior is one of the central filming locations of the Harry Potter movies and it’s easy to see why, as the stunning gothic-revival style easily matches the magical world of JK Rowlings’ creation. Considered by many to be the most beautifully striking of all the universities in Glasgow, the producers of Harry Potter clearly knew what they were doing when they chose Glasgow University as the backdrop of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Glasgow University

Address: University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

Website: Glasgow University

Tour hours: Sun - Tues: 11am & 2pm (seasonal)

Price: 13 USD

4. Stroll along Kelvingrove Park

Kelvin Statue in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Source: Photo by user Lyndon Woytuck used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Glasgow offers more green territory per capita than any place in Europe, and Kelvingrove Park is one of the most delightful oases in the city. A wonderful area to enjoy a leisurely walk, this large Victorian park is located on 34.3 hectares (85 acres) of a beautifully manicured landscape. Don’t be surprised if you encounter various species like eye-catching red foxes, mischevious otters, and brightly colored birds. Make a point to walk the nearby area of Kelvin Way, a gorgeous tree-lined street and an ideal spot to snap endless photos.

Kelvingrove Park

Address: 6 Professors’ Square, Glasgow G3 6BY, UK

Website: Kelvingrove Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

5. Visit Winter Gardens and People’s Palace


To uncover the scope of Glasgow’s history, culture, and people, spend the day at the wonderful Winter Gardens and People’s Palace. Tracing Glasgow’s origins beginning in the mid-1800s to the present, Winter Gardens and People’s Palace is a genuine gem. Boasting a fine collection of historical artifacts, beautiful artwork, fascinating photographs, and more, this is a top-notch place to discover Glasgow’s richness. The spectacular greenhouse displaying a multitude of greenery only enhances the visit.

Winter Gardens and People’s Palace

Address: Glasgow Green, Templeton St, Glasgow G40 1AT, UK

Website: Winter Gardens and People’s Palace

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 5pm; Mon - Thurs: 10am - 5pm; Fri: 11am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm

Price: Free

6. Enjoy exciting shopping at Buchanan Street


One of the main shopping venues in Glasgow, Buchanan Street is the go-to destination if you love to shop. Offering a wide-ranging variety of wares, Buchanan Street is popular with tourist and locals. Many looking for the latest in fashion and gadgetry head to Buchanan Galleries, a dazzling mall filled with over 90 fashion, electrical, and gift outlets plus several tasty restaurants. With Glasgow’s somewhat unpredictable weather, Buchanan Street can be a great way to spend a rainy day.

Buchanan Street

Address: Junction between the Merchants City and GlasgowÍs Victorian commercial heart

Website: Buchanan Street

Opening hours: Varies

Price: Free

7. Catch a race at Glasgow Tigers Speedway


Want a supreme adrenaline rush? Then head to Glasgow’s premier racing venue, Glasgow Tigers Speedway. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time as you witness the Tigers compete against nine other top teams from across the United Kingdom. There’s definitely an excitement in the air when the race is on. The Tigers ride 500cc bikes with no brakes, on one of the fastest tracks around. Don’t miss this high-octane action!

Glasgow Tigers Speedway

Address: The Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, 404 Hawthorn St, Glasgow G22 6RU, UK

Website: Glasgow Tigers Speedway

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 22 USD

8. Have fun at Glasgow Science Center


Unique and inspiring, Glasgow Science Center is dedicated to educating everyone about the concepts of science and technology through fun and compelling interactive exhibits and displays. A few highlights of the Glasgow Science Center are the captivating state-of-the-art planetarium and impressive IMAX theater. And, of course, don’t miss the opportunity to play the huge walk-on piano! Glasgow Science Center is the only museum in Glasgow where you must pay an entrance fee, but it is worth the price of admission.

Glasgow Science Center

Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA, UK

Website: Glasgow Science Center

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily in summer) / Wed - Fri: 10am - 3pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm (winter) (closed Mon & Tues in winter)

Price: 15 USD

9. Watch a show at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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Founded in 1845, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland boasts a rich history: Charles Dickens gave the establishment’s inaugural address here. Hosting over 500 performances yearly, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the most illustrious schools for the performing arts in the world, and it represents just about every aspect of artistic endeavor. From thought-provoking plays to dazzling dance productions to delightful pantomime shows, you can find it all at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Address: 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB, UK

Website: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Opening hours: Varies

Price: Varies

10. Attend Glasgow Jazz Festival (from USD 24.0)

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Descend the stairs to The Blue Arrow and savor a freshly prepared cocktail while listening to some of the best melodic sounds from the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Housed in a hip compact space with mood lighting and a speakeasy feel, this lively basement establishment affords patrons the opportunity to hear the coolest jazz tunes from eclectic soundscapes of ECM to influential American popular songs and jazz classics from the early 20th century.

Live Jazz in association with the Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow's solo fun time

If you’re spending time solo in Glasgow, there’s no need to feel glum. In fact, it would be impossible with everything from enticing museums to high-speed racing action to amazing architecture to bolster your experience. Alone time in Glasgow doesn’t mean lonely time. It’s only an opportunity to uncover many impeccable Scottish treasures.

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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