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  • Chatelherault House is the hunting lodge for the Dukes of Hamilton, by Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
    Chatelherault House, South Lanarkshire
  • A mother and child look at the LA198 Spitfire on display in the Life Court of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Fascinating exhibits on display in the Life Court of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • The restored Doulton Fountain in front of the People's Palace, photographed at dusk in the east end of the city of Glasgow.
    People's Palace
  • Exterior shot of the Riverside Museum from the River Clyde
    Riverside Museum
  • Couple walk through the Burrell Collection
    The Burrell Collection

Not only does Glasgow boast a range of fascinating museums and enthralling galleries, but many of these fabulous attractions are completely free!

If you’re looking for free things to do in Glasgow, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Explore the city's excellent free museums, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the People's Palace and Riverside Museum. Riverside Museum is a collection of transport and travel exhibits where you can gaze up at a walls of cars, walk down Kelvin Street, as it would have been between 1895 and 1930, and step aboard The Tall Ship which is berthed outside.

Continue to explore national and world culture for free in Glasgow at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, where you can see Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall and objects from Captain Cook’s voyages across the Pacific Ocean, alongside scientific instruments and an amazing art collection.

The CCA, or Centre for Contemporary Arts, is a bustling hub of creativity and a focal point of Glasgow's vibrant arts scene. Its year-round programme of exciting, challenging projects encompasses the entire creative spectrum, ranging from film and music to spoken word, Gaelic and more. Exhibitions are free to enter, and special free events are also hosted throughout the year.

At the heart of the city you'll find the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. Built on the site where St Mungo is thought to have been buried, it is the only cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have emerged virtually unscathed from the 1560 Protestant Reformation. Admire its splendid Gothic architecture and see the shrine of St Kentigern - also known as St Mungo - an inspiring edifice that dates from the 13th century.

Couple walk through the Burrell Collection

Or why not visit Scotland’s only centre for architecture and design at The Lighthouse? Here you can also enjoy astonishing views out across the city without spending a penny.

Glasgow is known for being a 'dear green place' and there are many great gardens and parks in the city and across the region to enjoy. At Chatelherault Country Park in Lanarkshire there are ten miles of walks by the River Avon and through ancient woodland. Deep in the heart of Pollok Country Park you'll not only find Highland cows and paths to walk, but also the Burrell Collection.

There are many other free things to do in and around Glasgow, whatever your fancy. If you feel like enjoying modern art in a stylish neoclassical building, head to the Gallery of Modern Art, or if you want to uncover tales of Scottish education and see a building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, stop off at the Scotland Street School.