Five things not to miss in Glasgow

Nicolette Loizou / 28 September 2015

Once a stronghold of the Industrial Revolution, contemporary Glasgow still has its wharves and tenements but there is now a bright modern feel to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s home city.



1.) Glasgow Necropolis 

Take a spooky trip this site next to Glasgow Cathedral. Modelled on the elegant Père-Lachaise in Paris this 37-acre Victorian cemetery is adorned with some elaborate architecture. You can even go on a walking tour which is free of charge.

2.) The Lighthouse 

Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture is a go-to stop for anyone interested in Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  An interpretive section is organised around various narratives which pinpoint some of Mackintosh’s sources of inspiration, whereas for true architecture geeks there are detailed studies of four key buildings.

3.) The Tenement House 

Experience a rare glimpse of life in Glasgow in the early 20th Century. Authentic gas lighting has been installed to recreate the atmosphere of the house, which didn’t have electric lighting until 1960.

4.) West Brewery 

West's thoroughly modern brewery is found within the imposing Templeton Building overlooking Glasgow Green and is the place to go to for German-style lagers and wheat beers. Take a tour and find out what goes into your perfect pint.

5.) Glasgow’s East End 

The East End begins at the city's ancient centre, at the brink of the High Street and Castle Street, which is sandwiched by the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and the Tron Steeple at Glasgow Cross. In between some quirky shopping look out for the Doulton Fountain, a decorative terracotta monument created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Three places to eat

1.) The Willow Tea Rooms

This Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed café is still being used today for its original purpose.  Admire the elegant Art Nouveau décor and order from a menu that includes an afternoon tea complete with buttered shortbread.

2.) Ox and Finch 

Small plates are served here and the menu is stylish and inventive as well as being affordable. Try the squid, prawns and chorizo with smoked paprika on sourdough.  It’s currently attracting a lot of attention so make sure you book in advance.

3.) Ubiquitous Chip 

Wreathed in both flowers and fairy lights take in a spot of seasonal dining in one of Glasgow’s best-loved restaurants. Thought of a local larder it’s the best place to try some of the food that Scotland is famous for including the Shetland cod fillet and the Kingdom of Fife wood pigeon.

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