Arts and culture in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

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Combine world-class art collections and quirky music venues with a variety of events and striking architecture and you get Glasgow - not only is it the first non-capital city to be named European City of Culture, it is also a UNESCO City of Music.

Explore the city's array of art galleries and museums such as the independent studio Trongate 103, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

At the Glasgow School of Art you can begin to explore the city's wealth of connections to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the renowned artist and architect.

Follow Mackintosh's influence around the city and beyond from his House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park to the stunning Willow Tea Rooms, and The Hill House, a baronial style house in Helensburgh.

As well as the striking architecture of Mackintosh, the city also holds a number of other charming buildings with examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco spread throughout the streets.

Witness the arts for yourself with a night out in the city at performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera or Scottish Ballet. Catch big name acts at the SSE Hydro or the Glasgow Concert Hall,  or enjoy a more intimate gig experience and uncover modern talent at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, the O2 ABC, or the Barrowland Ballroom.

Celebrate Glasgow's rich cultural connections by taking part in one of the many events held in the city. Enjoy first-class films at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, authentic Scottish music at Piping Live! the Glasgow International Piping Festival, or a mix of arts at the West End Festival.

In 2015, Glasgow's Tramway will host the prestigious contemporary art award, the Turner Prize, when it comes to Scotland for the very first time.

  • Glasgow Hydro
    Glasgow Hydro
  • An exhibition of paintings by the Glasgow Boys at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
    A Glasgow Boys exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  • The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
    The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
  • The interior of the Mitchell Library in Glasgow
    Mitchell Library
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove Park in the west end of the city of Glasgow.
    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Heads - the sculpture/artwork designed by Sophie Cave in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Arts and culture attractions

Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley has a number of arts and culture attractions including arts centres and comedy venues.

The World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow Green, east of the city centre of Glasgow

Arts and culture events

Experience the flourishing creative scene of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is at fabulous arts and culture events.

A necklace designed by jeweller Katie Lees, available from the shop at Glasgow School of Art

Arts and craft shopping

Enjoy great arts and craft shopping in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley and pick up a special gift or souvenir of your stay.

Skerryvore performing at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Music, dance and theatre events

Enjoy fantastic entertainment at a diverse range of music, dance and theatre events in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

The statue of Robert Burns with that of Sir Walter Scott behind, George Square, in the city centre of Glasgow.

Literary attractions

Visit attractions and places in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley connected to Scottish writers and their works.

Looking over the River Clyde where it is crossed by Bell's Footbridge to the Clyde Auditorium


Discover the historic attractions of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, from fascinating museums to centuries-old buildings.

A detail of the ornate embellishment in one of the rooms of the House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the most renowned architects and designers of the 20th century. His work and legacy is celebrated throughout the city and beyond, so you can see for yourself the beautiful and lasting mark he left.