UK Trip 2018: Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was our last stop on our 3-week UK trip. There wasn’t anything in particular we wanted to see or do in Glasgow, but we thought we would visit since it’s only an hour and a half on the bus from Edinburgh.

What We Did

Glasgow was the only city we visited for which we didn’t make a list of things to do. Because nothing came to mind when we thought of Glasgow – no church, no museum, no attraction – we were free to explore. It was a nice feeling especially after the pressure of our long lists for London and Edinburgh.

On the morning of our only full day in Glasgow (which was mostly sunny!) we took Scot Rail from Queen’s Park Station, which was right next to our Airbnb, to Glasgow Central Station (which is beautiful!). It was only 2 stops and £2 return for off-peak trains. Glasgow Central Station, Glasgow’s main train station, can be a little confusing as the train at one platform is headed to London and the train at another platform is a local train.

Queen’s Park Station

Glasgow Central Station
Glasgow Central Station

We spent some time walking around downtown, especially on Buchanan Street, a pedestrian-only shopping street.

Buchanan Street
Buchanan Street

After we had walked around for a while, I couldn’t help myself; I looked up what to do in Glasgow. Glasgow Cathedral was on the list so I suggested it to Worchihan because he really enjoyed the cathedrals we’d visited, so off we went.

Of course, Glasgow Cathedral, consecrated in 1197, is beautiful. It’s also free to visit. I especially loved the smaller and darker lower church, though it was pretty difficult to photograph.

Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral

Right next to Glasgow Cathedral is Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian park turned cemetery for Glasgow’s most prominent citizens of the time. It’s the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever visited so we spent at least an hour walking around it.

Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Necropolis

What stuck out to us the most was the monument dedicated to John Knox, a priest who became a Protestant who later served as the minister at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. He was, as the monument’s inscription reads, “the Chief Instrument under God, of the Reformation in Scotland.”

John Knox Monument

From here, we walked to The People’s Palace, which I had seen on the list of what to do, but it was closed. The People’s Palace is set in Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park. We stopped and took a picture in front of the McLennan Arch, the central arch of the Assembly Rooms, a gathering place and then a club that was demolished in about 1892.

We walked along the River Clyde for a few minutes before heading back to Glasgow Central Station.

The River Clyde

We didn’t do a lot in Glasgow but we really enjoyed what we did do. Next time we go, we have a lot to see!

Please let us know in the comments if you’ve ever been to or plan to visit Glasgow. Recommendations are welcome!

 

 

2 Replies to “UK Trip 2018: Glasgow”

  1. Sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I think I would have loved the cemetery as well. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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