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Free Attractions in Glasgow

Free Places To Visit In Glasgow

The largest city in Scotland and one of the top 10 financial centers in the UK, Glasgow is also a great choice for budget travelers and backpackers. This chic cosmopolitan is cheaper than Edinburgh but equally offering the right attractions to fill your days with excitement, culture and entertainment. If you’re visiting Glasgow on a budget, don’t worry as the city is filled with free tourist attractions that are sure to make your visit an unforgettable experience. If you’re heading up to stay at Beach Cottage B&B via Glasgow check out these great free attractions.

The Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

This public park located in the West of the city center is a favorite place among locals and tourists as it offers an oasis of relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city. With formal gardens featuring flora from all parts of the globe such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand China and Japan, it’s the perfect place for a picnic, a walk, or an afternoon stroll alone or with a loved one. The park is also famous for its several glasshouses, with the most popular being the Kibble Palace. This 19th century wrought iron glasshouse has a 2137 square meter space best-loved by the locals – this enchanting Victorian structure is truly unforgettable.

The City Chambers

Completed in 1888 the City Chambers it is one of the city’s most important and prestigious buildings. The headquarters of the city’s councils, it is an impressive symbol of Glasgow’s historical wealth and political strength. There are free guided tours both in the morning and afternoon, where you get to explore the grand marble staircase, the banquet hall and the many rooms of this great example of Victorian architecture.

The Barras Market

Once the biggest open-air market in Europe, the Barras market is a Glasgow institution that is beloved my many locals and tourists. It is a major outdoor and indoor weekend market, located at the East End of the city. Originally created to sell cut-price goods for customers with limited finance, it now provides stalls and booths for goods in all price levels. It is both a flea market and music venue where sellers offer goods of all kinds such as fresh fruits and vegetables, kilts, antiques and collectibles.

People’s Palace and Winter’s Garden

Opened in 1898, the People’s Palace and Winter’s Garden is a museum about the people of Glasgow. The palace provides the focal point for the Glasgow Green – the 1st public open space of the city. In front of the palace stands the Doulton Fountain – said to be the largest terracotta fountain in the globe. Attached to the palace is the Winter’s Garden, a huge Victorian glasshouse that’s home to a wide variety of topical plants.

Pollok Country Park

Named as the best park in Britain in 2006 and the Best Park in Europe in 2008, the Pollok Country Park is a 146-hectare country park situated in the south of the city. The largest park in Scotland it offers wildlife, riverside walks, picnic areas, mountain bike routes, walled gardens, a play park, heavy horses and themed trails. It also houses the Burrell Collection – a building that houses over 8000 art pieces from eclectic art collector and shipping magnate Sir William Burrell.

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Top 7 Things To Do and See In Aberdeen

Top 7  Aberdeen Attractions

The 3rd most populous city in Scotland, Aberdeen, has an old town charm that offers plenty of things to do and see for the discerning tourist. With a vibrant nightlife, several first class cafes and restaurants and a thriving cultural scene, Aberdeen is a great city to visit for those who love a place with a magical air of the past. Here are the top 7 things to do and see in Aberdeen:

Castle FraserThe Castle Fraser

An elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland it is the most elaborate in the country, with 300 acres of farmland woodland and landscaped grounds. Open from Easter to October, the Castle Fraser is open to the public for events, weddings, dinners, or for touring. This beautiful castle was used in the 2006 film The Queen as a backdrop for some several scenes – evidence of its beautiful aesthetic.


Dubbed as Scotland’s greatest indoor and outdoor family entertainment amusement park, Codonas is a family-run entertainment complex, managed by the family’s third generation. Opened in 1969, it has become an Aberdeen icon with its countless rides, its haunted mansion, adventure gold course, theater, restaurants, bowling alleys and many, many more. If you’re bringing your kids with you, Codonas is a definite must in your itinerary.

Go Ape Adventure Course

Go Ape is the United Kingdom’s #1 forest adventure, with several of them available across Europe. Aberdeen’s Go Ape Adventure Course offers tree top adventures with zip lines, rope bridges and tarzan swings for the active tourist. A great activity for groups, it is an exhilarating experience that will give you both laughs and thrills.

His Majesty's Theatre AberdeenHis Majesty’s Theatre

The largest theatre in north-east Scotland His Majesty’s Theatre opened in 1906 and has the capacity to seat 1,400 people. It has two main venues, The Lemon Tree for the alternative entertainment scene and the Music Hall for all major concerts and performances. The theatre has hosted several international pop acts and companies such as Coldplay, John Bishop and productions of We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music.

The Kinnaird Head Lighthouse Museum

Built in 1824, the Kinnaird Head Lighthouse Museum hosts guided tours for tourists who want to visit the museum and explore the great lighthouse that was built over an existing castle structure. Visitors get to explore the lighthouse itself, as well as the vast collection of lenses and equipment.

Provost Skene’s Home

Sir George Skene of Rubislaw was a prosperous merchant of Aberdeen. His old home, the oldest standing residential house in the city, is today a municipal museum. A large building with many rooms, they are furnished today with furniture and objects from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to give visitors an idea about what it was like living during those times.

River Dee

For those who love nature, the Linn of Dee is a perfect afternoon activity. Head out to Derry Lodge, an unused shooting lodge with magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains. You can simply walk your way down the river, find a great spot for a picnic and spend a quiet and relaxing afternoon in nature.

If you are planning to stay in Aberdeen for a couple of days or more you can find and book Aberdeen bed and breakfast accommodation with Private House Stays who are a leading accommodation website for privately owned B&Bs in Scotland.

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