42-76 Queen's Drive, Glasgow, Scotland - photo by Michal Klajban under CC-BY-SA-4.0
42-76 Queen's Drive, Glasgow, Scotland - photo by Michal Klajban under CC-BY-SA-4.0


In Glasgow, there are several ways to enjoy art, architecture and nature without busting your travel budget. Here are some free things to do in Glasgow:


Free Things to Do in Glasgow – Check out the Govan Stones at Govan Old Parish Church

It will not cost you anything to step inside this Victorian church. Once inside, grab the chance to see the famous Govan stones, a collection of medieval carved stones.

Free Things to Do in Glasgow – Commune with Nature and History at Mugdock Country Park

Aside from being a country park, Mugdock Country Park is also a historical site, making it a great place to explore. There are the ruins of Mugdock Castle and Craigend Castle. There is also a moot hill, as well as a gallowhill. There are also several WWII anti-aircraft trenches to reconnoiter. Or if you want to see some natural beauty, you will find Mugdock Loch, Drumclog Muir, Allander Water and a walled garden in the park.


Experience Pastoral Life at Pollok Country Park

The 146-hectare Pollok Country Park is home to a fold of Highland cattle. While there, you might also want to explore its mountain biking routes and allotment gardens.

Explore the Flora at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens

There are so many things to see at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and it’s great that access to all the areas in this botanical garden, including its glasshouses, is free!

Find Sanctuary at Glasgow Cathedral

Admission to this 12th century cathedral is free, allowing visitors to view the beauty inside. Nonetheless, it’s also a treat to look at its elaborate architecture from the outside.

Get Cultural in Galleries and Museums

You can enjoy the permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art without spending a dime. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is another popular Glasgow tourist attraction that you can explore for free. At Riverside Museum, you can find more than 3000 displays of everything to do with transportation, including locomotives, prams, paintings and even skateboards. To learn more the social history of Glasgow, head to the People’s Palace. You can also browse through the exhibitions at The Lighthouse without taking a penny from your pocket.

Get Lost at the Glasgow Necropolis

Horror and macabre enthusiasts would find great joy in visiting the Glasgow Necropolis. There are more than 3000 sculptures and statues scattered around this Victorian graveyard, along with the tombs and memorials of several prominent Glasgow personalities.

Join a Free Tour of the Glasgow City Chambers

You can see the stunning marble interiors of the Glasgow City Chambers first-hand through obtaining a ticket for a free guided tour from the reception desk of the City Chambers. The tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. You must get your ticket at least 30 minutes before the guided tours start.

See the Famous Scots at George Square

Laid out in the 18th century, this civic square was named after King George III. Here, you will find several monuments and statues dedicated to famous Scots, including the Glasgow Cenotaph.

Take a Walk at Kelvingrove Park

Originally the West End Park, Kelvingrove Park is one of the oldest in Glasgow. Walking around the park allows you to see different species of birds and other animals. There are also different monuments and statues found around the park, as well as a skate park, bandstand, croquet greens and bowling greens.