Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 28, 2022

Glasgow On the River Clyde

Glasgow is located in the Western Lowlands of Scotland. It is a port city on the River Clyde. The city is known for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture.

Glasglow Cathedral also known as St. Mungo Cathedral is the most significant historic building in the city dating from the 12th century. Inside of the church, the Blacader Aisle was named after the first bishop of Glasgow. The crypt is the most impressive room in the cathedral and houses the tomb of St. Mungo, founder of the bishopric. Guided tours are available free of charge.

Next door is the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art where world religions are looked at, their rites, and how their doctrines deal with issues of life and death, There are exhibits of Egyptian mummies and Hindu statues. You can enjoy the Zen Buddhist garden in the courtyard.

Beside the Glasgow Cathedral is the Necropolis, a Victorian Gothic garden cemetery that is described as the “city of the dead.” There are beautiful memorial stones as well as sculptures and buildings designed by Glasgow artists. You can ee carved Celtic crosses and weeping angels. The cemetery has shaded walkways and informative walking tours are available.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and offers a collection of British and Continental paintings among them Van Gogh’s portrait of the Glaswegian art collector Alexander Reid, and Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross.

A series of galleries feature the Glasgow School of Art with complete furnished rooms, pottery, metalwork, furniture, and other artworks. Other exhibits include weapons and armor from the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as Flemish tapestries, Glasgow-made jewellery, silverware, glassware, and pottery from various periods.

The museum is located on pedestrianized Sauchiehall Street. Here you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants, and hotels.

George Square sits in the heart of the historic Victorian city center in Glasgow. You can see 12 statues of famous people associated with the city here among them Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and Queen Victoria.

At the east end of the square is the Town Hall with a 230-foot tower.

The Merchant’s House is the headquarters of the oldest Chamber of Commerce in Britain dating from 1605.

South of George Square is a group of warehouses from the mid-19th century that are a part of the Merchant City district. Here you’ll find unique cafes, restaurants, and designer boutiques. In the winter the Christmas lights displays here are spectacular.

The University of Glasgow dates from 1451 and is the second-oldest school of higher education in Scotland. At the Visitor Center, you can find a permanent exhibition about the important discoveries teachers at the university like James Watt, Adam Smith, and Joseph Lister made.

On-campus at the Hunterian Museum famous scientist William Hunter, an 18th-century doctor from Glasgow bequeathed his collection of anatomical parts, coins and object d’art. The museum also has collections from the ethnography, zoology, geology, and archeology departments including finds from Roman sites. On display are artworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Reynolds.

The Riverside Museum is an ultra-modern and award-winning museum. There are exhibits from the city’s former Transport Museum among them model ships, locomotives, trams, vintage cars, and horse-drawn carriages. The majority are Glasgow-built. There is the reconstruction of a Glasgow street in 1938, exhibits on immigration and disasters, featuring the sinking of the Lusitania.

Just docked outside of the museum is the Tall Ship at Riverside giving visitors the opportunity to explore the Glenlee, a Glasgow-built three-mast barque. Guided tours are available.

The Glasgow Science Centre is located in the waterfront area near the Riverside Museum. It is housed in a titanium-clad building that is shaped like the hull of a ship. There are exhibits about human health, technology, and general science. Kids can enjoy trying some practical experiments at various laboratory-type stations. There is a planetarium, an IMAX cinema, and a science theater.

You can get to see the Glasgow Tower which claims to be the world’s tallest freely-rotating tower from which you can get spectacular views of the surrounding area.


Pollock House is located four miles southwest of the city center. It is the home of the Maxwell family. The Edwardian mansion was built in 1752. The majority of the buildings are open to visitors. On display, you can see Sir William Stirling Maxwell’s collection of Spanish paintings by El Greco, Goya, Murillo, and Velázquez. There is some artwork by William Blake, Guided and self-guided tours are available.

Those seeking adventure might like to try the unique “Escape the Past” game which is an interactive exhibit that challenges players to solve puzzles and find their way back to the present day. The grounds include the Pollock Country Park with gardens and walking trails leading through woodlands and to the riverside. You can follow the footsteps of characters from the hit TV show “Outlander.” Relax and enjoy a meal or snack at the Edwardian Kitchen Cafe.

At the Botanic Gardens, you’ll find the Kibble Palace which was built in 1873 has one of the largest glasshouses in Britain with a collection of rare orchids, tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand and plants from Africa, the Americas, and the Far East. There are other greenhouses and Victorian sculptures. You can relax at the tearoom with its lovely patio.

Glasgow Green is the oldest of the parks in the city laid out in 1662.

One of the main highlights here is the People’s Palace, a museum telling the story of Glasgow from 1750 through the 20th century.

At the back of the palace is The Winter Garden a large conservatory with a lovely collection of tropical and subtropical plants.

There is the beautiful Doulton Fountain which is the world’s largest terracotta fountain. It was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Another highlight is Nelson’s Monument, an impressive column that was built in 1806 to commemorate the victories of Horatio Nelson.

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