We took a flight from London Stansted to Glasgow Edinburgh which was an hour flight. From the airport, we took the Airport Express bus which was run by First and departs right outside the arrival lounge. It costs £7 but we decided to buy the day pass which was £9 as we needed to get around. For other means of transport to the city centre from the airport, click here. The journey took about 40 minutes and there are a few stops on which you could choose to get off from. We got off at Glasgow Queen Street which was at the heart of Glasgow.
We left out luggage in a luggage facility inside the Queen Street train station. It costs us £6 for 2 hand-luggage which was valid for 24 hours. Outside the station was George Square with City Chamber acting as its beautiful backdrop. It was a great day with a lovely weather and people were there soaking in some Vitamin D whilst some were just people watching.
We then headed to Glasgow Cathedral which was a 15 minutes walk away. If you've been to other cathedrals in Europe, you'll find that there isn't much to it. However, the Necropolis located behind the cathedral is something else. Yes, the Necropolis is a graveyard, but this is probably the nicest graveyard I've ever been to. It is well maintained and does not have a creepy vibe to it at all.
The peak of the Necropolis holds a pretty decent view of the Cathedral and the rest of the city. The walk up to the peak allows you to view the cathedral from different heights which was a plus side. At first, we were a little bit reluctant on going to the Necropolis but now I would definitely recommend going as personally, this felt like the highlight of my trip to Glasgow.
We then headed back down towards Merchant City to hunt for lunch but there wasn't much here, just a small square with a few shops around it. Hence, we made our way back to Buchanan Street which was the shopping street and found ourselves a great restaurant for lunch. The image above shows the view on our way from the cathedral to Merchant City. Pretty neat ain't it! There are plenty of murals and street art around Glasgow, just be sure to keep an eye out for them!
Next, we took the bus up to the Botanical Gardens. The glasshouses are free to visit and even if you're not interested in plants, it is still worth going in as the architectural view of the glass from the inside is quite different from the outside.
Following this, we made our way to check out the famous Glasgow University. I swear it looked like a cathedral especially with its bell tower! There were other buildings around the university but I guess this was the main building?
The Hunterian Museum was located within the grounds of Glasgow University. As you may have known for my previous posts, I'm not a Museum person so I don't actually read or look at the artifacts inside, I'm more interested in the exterior look of the building.
We walked through Kelvingrove Park before arriving at the Kevingrove Art Gallery & Museum which was externally red bricked and holds many exhibitions within. We spent a good amount of time here before heading back to Glasgow Queens Street and took the train to Edinburgh Waverley. You can read about my itinerary in Edinburgh here.
If you have extra time, below are a few other sites around Glasgow that you could visit!
Pic source by Glasgow Life
What other recommendations do you have for Glasgow? Drop a comment below on places you've been that I failed to mention here.
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