How To Enjoy Your Free Time In Glasgow

Having completed a sightseeing tour of Glasgow, with its iconic buildings, stunning museums, and magnificent cathedral and for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh a tour of the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow still holds many attractions for tourists to the city. Some of which we include here:

Performing Arts

Glasgow has long been a creative powerhouse. The city has been awarded European City of Culture and UNESCO City of Music. The city offers a variety of performances in theatre and festival events, from world-class ballet to sell-out touring shows for residents and tourists to the city.

National art institutions

Concert Hall Statue

Glasgow is home to five of Scotland’s six national performance art institutions. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has received many Grammy award nominations and has an increasing international reputation. Tourists can also visit the National Theatre of Scotland to see award-winning shows, their radical re-imagining of Macbeth has transferred to New York’s Broadway. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is based in Glasgow’s City Halls, holding regular events and performances. Scottish Ballet pushes the boundaries of dance by reworking classic tales, performing pivotal 20th century works, new commissions and experimentation with digital technology. Scottish Opera based at the stunning Theatre Royal produces pioneering work, staging the UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance as well as inspiring children from as young as six months old.

Other theatres

The Theatre Royal and The King’s are Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful theatres, but other art spaces across the city that welcome tourists include Tramway, Whisky Bond, and Glue Factory. Glasgow has an amazing lunchtime theatre programme called A Play, a Pie and a Pint that show 38 new plays a year at Oran Mor in the City’s West End.

Outdoor summer events

Karting racing

The city’s expansive parks also host their share of performances that as a tourist you may just come across. These include the Glasgow Mela, the West End Festival in June that hosts Bard in the Botanics at the Botanic Gardens. Summer Nights at the Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park also host performances and music and the SURGE Festival takes place as part of the Merchant City Festival every July bringing together street arts, physical theatre and circus to the streets and unusual spaces of Glasgow.

Sports Events

With world-class venues like the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the SSE Hydro, Glasgow is one of the top 10 sporting cities in the world. Football fans may want to look behind the scenes of Scotland’s national stadium at the The Scottish Football Museum. Tourists can also take tours of the world famous Celtic and Rangers Football Clubs, where you can visit the home team dressing room and trophies, before walking in the footsteps of legends down the tunnel to sit in the dug out to absorb the atmosphere.

The 2018 European Championships, 1 – 12 August, will see Glasgow host the 2018 LEN European Aquatics Championships at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. All four European Cycling Championships will be staged together in Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, a new world championship and Olympic standard BMX track yet to be built in the city, and the streets of Glasgow. The 2018 UEG European Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro will see more than 600 junior and senior gymnasts compete across eight days and 26 medal events.


From urban to indie and hip-hop to techno, Glasgow’s vibrant club scene is renowned for its diversity, musical talent and broad appeal. Guaranteed a friendly welcome, Glasgow is one of the best cities for tourists wanting to go clubbing.

Books and talks

From the annual Aye Write! Book festival to weekly talks by curators at the world-famous Burrell Collection, there are plenty of literary events in the city to suit every tourist’s taste.


As a City of Science, Glasgow has a strong history of invention and an interest that continues through seminars, networking events, round table discussions, awards ceremonies and science-related cultural activities for all ages. This ultramodern science museum will provide hours of entertainment for everyone, bringing science and technology alive through hundreds of interactive exhibits across four floors.