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
Glasgow in 1 day – Stages of the tourist bus tour
- George Square
- Glasgow Cathedral
- Merchant City
- The Barras
- Glasgow Green
- St. Enoch Center
- St. Vincent Place
- Radisson Hotel
- Argyle Street
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Clydeside Distillery
- Riverside Museum
- Kelvin Way
- Byres Road
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- Kelvin Park
- University of Glasgow (Botanical Garden)
- Charing Cross
- Sauchiehall Street / The Glasgow School of Art
- Royal Theater
- 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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.
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 – 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.
Around the museum, there are the winter gardens with tropical greenhouses that also deserve a short tour …
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.
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!