It’s Scottish Tourism week so why not enjoy all the sights on offer in Scotland’s biggest city and go by Subway. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get around Glasgow and if you have a Smartcard, you can hop on and off as many times as you like all day for only £2.70.
Millions of visitors to the city are welcomed underground every year and many say the 118 year old system is an attraction in its own right. However to help inspire a day out, here is SPT’s list of popular attractions right on the Subway’s doorstep. It takes only 24 minutes to complete a full circle of all 15 stations, so why not go for a ‘shoogle’ and discover somewhere new today.
The quickest and easiest way to get to Glasgow’s award-winning Riverside Museum is by Subway. Exit left out of the station towards Beith Street. Take the walkway over the A814 – it takes less than 10 minutes to get to the museum.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe’s great art collections. Within walking distance from Kelvinhall Subway Station, it is free entry and offers a day out the whole family can enjoy. Next to the Museum is the beautiful Kelvingrove Park.
Just around the corner from buzzing Byres Road, with its boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs, is the historic University of Glasgow. One of Scotland’s four ancient universities, the building was originally located in High Street but moved to its prominent west end home in the 1870s. The Quadrangles offer a great photo opportunity too.
Offering a terrific skate park, café and children’s play areas, Kelvingrove Park also hosts a number of key events each year. It will play a starring role in the Commonwealth Games this year when the lawn bowls event takes place.
St George’s Cross
There are a number of iconic statues in Glasgow – from the Scott Monument in George Square to Lobey Dosser on Gibson Street – but why not take a look at one of the lesser known? St George slaying the dragon is just outside St George’s Cross Subway.
Tenement buildings were the most popular form of housing in 19th and 20th century Glasgow and remain so today. Find out what it was like living in one during the 1900s by visiting the Tenement House – a real time capsule of artefacts from the period.
Situated in the heart of the City Centre, a short walk from Buchanan Street Subway station, is the Gallery of Modern Art – Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery. The iconic Wellington Statue (complete with cone on his head) is right outside.
The distinctive St Enoch Subway Station is worth a visit in its own right. The building is an ornate, Jacobean late Victorian red sandstone structure designed by James Miller in 1896. It still stands and was carefully preserved during the modernisation of the Subway in 1977, even being jacked up in the air for a while, during reconstruction of the subsurface platforms.
Britain’s oldest fully functioning professional theatre – Citizens Theatre – is a seven minute walk away. Built in 1878, the building retains many of its original Victorian architectural features despite undergoing additional renovations and expansions over the years.
Tramway – a contemporary visual and performing arts space is close by. The building began life in 1893 as the Coplawhill tram shed and, served as the city’s main tram terminus, depot and factory.
Scotland Street School is a must-see for all fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. It opened seven years after the Subway was built.
Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry opened its doors as a Country & Western club in 1974. It was, and still is, the largest club of its kind in the UK, if not in Europe. The building was formerly the site of a Post Office, Carriage-Hirers and Funeral Undertakers in the 1900s.
Within walking distance of the Subway is the Glasgow Science Centre which houses three floors of more than 250 science-learning exhibits, presenting science and technology in unique and inspiring ways.
Glasgow means ‘dear green place’ and it is no wonder with over 90 parks and open spaces – more than any other city its size. Bellahouston Park, not only boasts a wonderful 71 hectare space but also contains the impressive House for an Art Lover. The house has been realised in materials and craftsmanship as closely as possible to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1901 designs.