Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow – Day 2: Major Glasgow attractions

Your day will begin with a visit to the main square of the city and you will also see the cathedral in which wooden structures and floors have been preserved from the 14th century. You can also enjoy a visit to a small mansion with a garden in which medical herbs grow.
Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

George Square


The picturesque architectural monument of the XIX century, built by the project of W. Young. Here sits the city council of Glasgow, as well as the museum, art gallery and banquet hall for the reception of the royal family. The building is interesting with a richly decorated sculpture with a central gable and mosaic inclusions dominate the interior. In 1996, the City Chambers opened for ordinary guests, and since then everyone can visit their delightful rooms and be impressed with the historical wealth of the city. Looking here at the weekend, guests can be at a fashion show or some special event.

Cathedral Square


The temple was built in the 11th century on the site of the chapel of St. Mungo, the patron saint of the city. The building of the cathedral was built in the style of "Scottish Gothic", come by some severity of architectural forms from the earlier Romanesque style. Most wooden structures and floors date from the 14th century. The cathedral is located on a slope and therefore consists of two parts - the Upper Church and the Lower Church. Formally, the cathedral has not been a cathedral since 1690, since there is no episcopal chair here. Now in the cathedral the Presbyterian Church of Scotland conducts services, and the building of the cathedral itself belongs to the crown.

Provand's Lordship

Historic Sites

The Provand mansion was built in 1471 and then was part of the St. Nicholas Hospital. Most likely, the house was provided with temporary accommodation for the priests of the cathedral and the attendants. The house is furnished with unique wooden furniture of the 15-17th centuries and some unique objects of use. Behind the house is the garden of St. Nicholas, an oasis of peace and tranquility, where medicinal herbs are grown, and a small but very beautiful regular garden is set up. Here you can see a collection of stone masks, carved in 1737 and once adorned the building in the oldest district of Glasgow, Trongate.


Italian Restaurants

Here you can taste Italian cuisine. Amore is worth a visit to try the delicious shrimp cocktails, spaghetti carbonara and vegetable pizza. Have a nice lunch here and order a good strawberry cheesecake, toffee pudding and tiramisu. Order a good espresso, milkshake or lemonade.

Saint Andrew's Cathedral


This monastery belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese, it was erected in 1814, and in 2011 survived a large-scale reconstruction. But the updates affected only the interior decoration. The appearance of the building, made in the graceful Gothic style, remained unchanged. In the courtyard of the cathedral there is a large bell tower, whose belfry consists of seven bells, having an original tubular form. The interior of the cathedral is notable for its special grandeur: the main hall is decorated in golden tones, ancient canvases with images of holy martyrs hang on the walls.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Urban Botanical Gardens opened two centuries ago. Since then, its natural diversity has increased quite strongly. The plant collection is so diverse and extensive that even species are specially grown for sale in gardens throughout the country. The architecture of the Glasgow Botanical Garden is also of considerable interest. The most elegant building is the Kibble Palace conservatory. The botanical gardens of Glasgow are famous for the fact that the plants inhabiting their territory were brought not only from the United Kingdom, but from all over the globe.

Southern Necropolis


On the high hill, not far from the Cathedral and almost in the heart of Glasgow, is the place of eternal rest of many citizens - the famous Necropolis. It is a cemetery of the Victorian era with more than 50,000 ancient graves. The need for a large graveyard in Glasgow arose at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when churches in Europe buried only Christians and had no idea what to do with atheists. After passing into the Necropolis itself, the guests seem to fall into the architectural museum, where every headstone is a work of art. Many monuments were created by prominent Scottish architects. So, here you can see the work of Alexander Thomson, David Hamilton and John Bruce.

Hutchesons Glasgow


Here you can enjoy Scottish specialties. In this place, visitors can taste delicious cooked venison, scallops and sirloin. Many guests recommend ordering a nice white chocolate cheesecake, butterscotch pudding and tart tatin for dessert. The wine list is very diverse. Most of the guests write that the staff at this place is wonderful. According to customer reviews, the service is excellent.