- The Midgie
- 1 October 2008
It’s touted as ‘Glasgow’s favourite building’ and there are few who would deny the 107-year-old Kelvingrove such status. Created mainly in the Spanish baroque style and long subjected to the myth that it was ‘built the wrong way round’, the building houses an impressive collection of period art and an ever-changing variety of temporary exhibitions.
Argyle Street (A2), 0141 276 9599, www.glasgowmuseums.com, Mon-Thu & Sat, 10am-5pm, Fri & Sun 11am-5pm,
Gallery of Modern Art
The second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, ‘GoMA’ is only twelve years old as an institution, although the building was originally the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw and dates back to 1778. Glasgow’s collection of modern art is housed here. It also has a library and free internet downstairs.
Royal Exchange Square (F4), 0141 287 3050, www.glasgowmuseums. com, Mon-Wed & Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sun 11am–5pm.
The River Clyde
At 176km the Clyde is the UK’s eighth longest river. Until the latter part of the twentieth century Glasgow’s key industry was shipbuilding, and shipyards bustled to the west of the city centre, bringing prosperity to the city. Only two of these remain and the river’s banks are now ﬁlling up with commercial and residential developments, but the Clyde is still a comforting sight in the city’s heart.
The destination of many Glaswegians on a sunny day, this 156-year-old Victorian park was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, who also created London’s Crystal Palace. Intended as an escape from industrial Glasgow, it houses the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the River Kelvin runs through it.
Otago Street (B2), 0141 287 5108, free entry.
Scottish Football Museum
Scottish football has been on a high for the last couple of years, so why not visit it at home? The Football Museum itself hosts an extensive memorabilia collection. A visit to the national team’s stadium also provides an opportunity to tour the ground and a chance to see the current Hall of Fame, featuring the names of 51 Scottish footballing heroes.
Hampden Park, 0141 616 6139, www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, £6-£9 (£3-£4.50).
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
The only medieval Scottish church to have survived the Reformation intact, Glasgow Cathedral remains an impressive landmark to this day. It’s right next to the Necropolis (literally, the ‘city of the dead’), a Victorian cemetery known for its elaborate tombstones and impressive views out over the city.
Cathedral: 2 Castle Street (H3), 0141 552 8198, www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk, Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.00pm,
Sun 1-4pm. Necropolis: 50 Cathedral Square, (H3) 0141 552 3145, www.glasgownecropolis.org
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Right in the heart of the west end, the Botanics are a favourite for walking and lazing in the summer sunshine.The gardens also house a range of tropical and temperate plants under an array of glasshouses. Foremost among these is the Kibble Palace, a listed building that dates back to the nineteenth century.
730 Great Western Road, 0141 334 2422.
Quite literally a rare treat, as tours of the Thomas Tunnock’s factory are only held on Tuesday evenings between the months of February and May, and then September and November.The waiting list for the full Willy Wonka treatment at the home of Scotland’s most famous confections is long, but, like Tunnock’s Teacakes, hard to resist.
34 Old Mill Road, Uddingston, 01698 813 551, www.tunnock.co.uk,Tue 6pm-7.30pm, free entry.
Glasgow’s centre for ‘Architecture, Design and the City’, the Lighthouse features a gallery space, a quirky shop and a trendy café-bar. Its most striking feature, though, is the Mackintosh Tower - a small viewing platform with an uninterrupted view of Glasgow’s skyline.
11 Mitchell Lane (F4), 0141 221 6362, Mon & Wed-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Tue 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. www.thelighthouse.co.uk, £3 (£1.50).
Glasgow Science Centre
The Science Centre is a recent but iconic presence on the Clyde shore. Standing next to it is an ill-fated, 127m tall tower that was supposed to offer panaromic views out over the city but has never remained fully opened to the public. The Science Centre itself is a much more successful venture and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits and attractions including a Planetarium and Scotland’s only IMAX cinema.
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, 0871 540 1000, www.glasgowsciencecentre.org, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm (IMAX screenings in the evening), £5.95-£7.95 (£4.45-£5.95).