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.