Glasgow’s bustling West end offers an exciting experience for visitors to the city. Easily reached on a City Sightseeing open top tour bus or by hopping on Glasgow’s Subway, the West end is a vibrant hub of dining, drinking and cultural activity as well as Glasgow’s industrial history.
One of Glasgow’s most recognisable buildings, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses a vast natural history collection as well as artwork by Salvador Dali, the French impressionists and of course Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
A wander through Kelvingrove Park takes you to the historic University of Glasgow campus to visit The Hunterian Museum and art gallery. As well as hosting a number of changing exhibitions, the museum is home to a number of permanent displays including one of the most distinguished public art collections…Rubens, Rembrandt, The Scottish Colourists, The Glasgow Boys as well as the world’s largest permanent display of works of James McNeill Whistler. The museum also houses an amazing collection of the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.
Take a short hop back on the City Sightseeing bus down to The River Clyde to find the Riverside Museum, Zaha Hadid’s bold architectural vision for the new transport museum, and the stunning Tall Ship, SV Glenlee. The Riverside Museum is home to some of the world’s finest cars, trams and locomotives alongside interactive and immersive displays bringing the city’s social history to life.
Docked next door is The Tall Ship, SV Glenlee. Built on the River Clyde in 1896, the vessel circumnavigated the globe 4 times before its new lease of life as a visitor attraction and museum, and is the only remaining Clyde built sailing vessel afloat in the UK. Visit the Captain’s cabin, scrub the decks and check out the cargo hold cinema.
Some four miles further south at Braehead (approximately 10 minutes away by car) you will find Soar at Intu, where you can play, eat or shop…the choice is yours!