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Free Things to do in Glasgow
Scotland's biggest city is packed with vibrant nightlife and culture - but also a host of free attractions!
Museums and Galleries. The majority of the city's museums and art galleries are free to visit (although they're closed on Mondays). From the Gallery of Modern Art to the Burrell Collection and Rennie Macintosh House, there's tons of culture just waiting to be experienced by visitors to Glasgow.
Glasgow Cathedral. The magnificent medieval church is similarly free to enter. The only such building in Scotland to survive the 1560 reformation in tact, it makes for a fascinating visit.
Kelvingrove Park. Glasgow has a great number of green spaces in all, but Kelvingrove Park stands out for its extras. Along with the usual relaxing open space, there's free tennis and lawn bowls available.
The Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens also have some interesting free entertainment. In the summer, open-air plays and performances are often hosted here - a great way to enjoy the city's cultural heritage. In addition, the gardens make a lovely picnic spot or just a relaxing space away from the pace of urban life from where the grand houses which surround them can be admired!
Wander the Streets. Brimming with atmosphere and street entertainers, the city streets can be an attraction in themselves - simply wander through the busy shopping and entertainment districts and enjoy. Watch out for bigger festivals and events in the summer months, too, as many are funded by the council and so free to all.
Loch Lomond. Scotland is famous for its dramatic scenery and even in the center of bustling Glasgow there's fantastic hiking right on your doorstep. A short bus journey takes travelers out to Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond - both of which are completely free to explore, as are the spectacular views from the top! Those heading up the mountain, however, should leave around five hours for the trip.
New Lanark World Heritage Village. Also just outside Glasgow, this unusual attraction is again free (although some temporary exhibitions have an admission charge). The Scottish cotton mill village was founded back in 1785, and has now been fully restored as a living community and industrial heritage site.
Where to Stay
Backpackers and travelers on a budget will find plenty of affordable accommodation in the city. Glasgow hostels offer a range of cheap dorm beds and private rooms that make a great base for exploring all these fun free things to do!