Setting off by bike from Drygate, one of Glasgow’s thriving micro-breweries, you will soon be cycling along the River Clyde Water Front with its magnificent old and new buildings and bridges, through Kelvingrove Park and Gallery, past Glasgow University, and into the beautiful leafy Victorian West End.
Glasgow Cathedral and Provand’s Lordship
Constructed around 1471, and located in the center of Glasgow, next to the Royal Infirmary, these represent 2 of the last examples of medieval buildings in Glasgow. The Cathedral is linked to St Mungo, whose name is synonymous with Glasgow.
Glasgow’s most exciting micro-brewery, and nearby Tennent’s, brewers of Scotland’s biggest selling pint.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Located on the banks of the Kelvin River, this is a breathtaking building, and is the most visited free to enter tourist attraction in Scotland. A must see for any visitor.
A renowned concert venue, also referred to as the “Barras”, was named after the market situated adjacent, and has hosted international acts such as U2, Oasis, Simple Minds, The Stranglers, The Smiths and The Clash.
The Clyde Auditorium
Locally known as the Armadillo, this building is one of the most recognizable structures on the River Clyde, and was built to increase the capacity of the SECC.
As the 2nd oldest university in Scotland, Glasgow University is linked to Glasgow Cathedral in that its early teachings started there, and the university eventually being given papal approval in 1451. Another fantastic and impressive building.
This is a classic example of Victorian cemeteries, unusually built on a low hill, and has been described as “literally a city of the dead”, and is home to some 50 000 graves.
The Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
Originally known as “The Kibble Crystal Art Palace”, this fantastic glass structure is now housed in Glasgow’s Botanic Garden. The site was formally taken on by Glasgow City Council in 1891.
MacKintosh Church, Queen’s Cross
Situated in Maryhill, this is the only church to have been designed by Charles Rennie MacKintosh, and is an excellent example of his work.
The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens
Located in Glasgow Green, life in Glasgow can be traced between the 1800s and present day.
The Finnieston Crane
One of the most iconic structures on the Glasgow skyline, is retained as a testament to the tradition of engineering on the Clyde river.