Glasgow in 1 day City tour with Glasgow best places

Glasgow in 1 day – My city tour with the best places in Glasgow

When I spotted all the sights that interested me in Glasgow, I quickly realized that it would be impossible to see them in walking in 1 day. Indeed, Glasgow has great places to visit or to discover and many beautiful museums and monuments. But all these places are not concentrated in the center as in Edinburgh but, on the contrary, well distributed throughout the city and therefore distant from each other. And since we only had 1 day to visit Glasgow, we chose Glasgow Sightseeing Hop – Hop Hop. Indeed, its route and stops were exactly what I was looking for an optimized visit to Glasgow in 1 day.

How to visit Glasgow in 1 day?

This way of discovering Glasgow by tourist bus allowed us to see in one day all the inevitable without necessarily stopping or visiting them all. In addition, we could visit at our pace and eat where we wanted, at the time we wanted. No constraint since we could take the next bus as soon as we finished. And of course we benefited, thanks to the audio guide, comments in French on all the places where we passed.

Thus, here is here below details of our Glasgow city tour in 1 day.

Glasgow in 1 day – Tourist bus

To buy the tickets and take the City Sightseeing bus, we went to the George Square West side. But you can also book them in advance on the Internet: City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop on Hop – Hop of

Glasgow in 1 day – Tourist Bus Route Map

Tourist Bus Route Map for my city tour of Glasgow in 1 day

Glasgow in 1 day – Stages of the tourist bus tour

  1. George Square
  2. Glasgow Cathedral
  3. Merchant City
  4. The Barras
  5. Glasgow Green
  6. St. Enoch Center
  7. St. Vincent Place
  8. Radisson Hotel
  9. Argyle Street
  10. Hilton Garden Inn
  11. SECC
  12. Clydeside Distillery
  13. Riverside Museum
  14. Kelvin Way
  15. Byres Road
  16. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  17. Kelvin Park
  18. University of Glasgow (Botanical Garden)
  19. Charing Cross
  20. Sauchiehall Street / The Glasgow School of Art
  21. Royal Theater
  22. Buchanan Bus Station

Glasgow in 1 day – Georges Square

This is our starting point. In the heart of Glasgow, this square is a must-see. There is the beautiful statue of George III, Glasgow City Chambers (City Hall) and the tourist office.

Glasgow in 1 day 1st place to see Georges Square

Glasgow in 1 day – Glasgow Cathedral

Far away from the city center, this magnificent cathedral was built in the 12th century on a hill north of Glasgow. His visit is free. I particularly appreciated the beauty of the stained glass windows.

Glasgow in 1 day 2nd place to visit Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow in 1 day – Merchant City

This is one of Glasgow’s liveliest and most vibrant neighborhoods. Shops, restaurants, bars … This is where we stop for our lunch.

We discover a charming covered square with a friendly and warm atmosphere that makes you want to land a little … As we did not want to waste too much time, we prefer to eat in a fast food. O’neill’s was a good choice: it was fun, fast, good and cheap!

Glasgow in 1 day Merchant City to take the lunch
Glasgow in 1 day - O neills

Glasgow in 1 day – Glasgow Science Center

The bus also brings us to the Glasgow Science Center. It’s a science museum that could have been very interesting. Unfortunately, we preferred to visit the Kelvingrove Museum and did not get off the bus.

Glasgow in 1 day Visit the Science Center

Glasgow in 1 day – Kelvingrove Park

Beautiful and huge green spaces to walk around and enjoy the sun because yes, miracle! we saw Glasgow under the sun !!! This park leads to the Botanical Garden and the Kelvingrove Art Museum.

Glasgow in 1 day – Kelvingrove Museum

As we did not have time to visit the many museums in Glasgow, I selected this one that deserves a lot of good hours! The monument is already in itself a work of art.

Kelvingrove Park and Museum
Kelvingrove Museum a stage of my 1 day city tour of Glasgow

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum offers galleries of paintings, sculptures and works of art from all eras. The different collections bring together more than a million pieces! I restricted myself to visiting only the 1st floor (Van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir …). But what particularly attracted me was a major painting by my favorite artist DALI: The Christ of Saint John of the Cross.

DALI: The Christ of Saint John of the Cross in My 1 day tour of Glasgow

Glasgow in 1 day – Botanical Garden

Very close to the university, here is a beautiful and elegant garden well laid out so that city dwellers can stroll there on a sunny day. You can visit the greenhouses in the form of beautiful old glass roofs.

Glasgow in 1 day Kelvingrove Park to take a rest

Glasgow in 1 day – The People’s Palace

In Glasgow Green Park, we stop to discover the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

We did not visit the museum that tells the story of Glasgow and its people (culture and way of life of people throughout the history of the city). However, we could admire the splendid monument in front of which sits a superb fountain (the Doulton Foutain) representing all the colonies of the United Kingdom.

The People's Palace

Around the museum, there are the winter gardens with tropical greenhouses that also deserve a short tour …

Glasgow in 1 day - The People's Palace and its winter gardens

Glasgow in 1 day – Buchanan Street

It is Glasgow’s main shopping street. Very lively and perfect for shopping, this is the perfect place to end the day of sightseeing.

Glasgow in 1 day – Pub Party

For our last evening in Scotland, we chose a very nice pub where we could have our dinner and spend a very good evening.

Pub in Glasgow for the end of our 1 days tour

Glasgow Cheap Hotel

As mentioned in my previous article, in Glasgow, I booked 2 nights in a comfortable and centrally located hotel in the center of the city: the Motel One Glasgow

Its location was perfect because we could find everything we wanted nearby (pubs, restaurants, shops …). We could do everything on foot and leave the car in a parking lot next to the hotel with a negotiated price (ask at the hotel reception).

With a beautiful decor, large rooms and delicious breakfasts in the form of buffets, the value for money was unbeatable for Glasgow: 90 Euros per night!

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