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  • Exterior shot of the Riverside Museum from the River Clyde
    Riverside Museum
  • Couple walk through the Burrell Collection
    The Burrell Collection
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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 recently opened Riverside Museum. Inside this astounding building, you can gaze up at the car wall, walk down Kelvin Street, as it would have been between 1895 and 1930, and pop into the shops.

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.

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.

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

Deep in the heart of Pollok Country Park, you'll find Pollock House which contains works by Rodin, Degas and Cezanne as part of the Burrell Collection and offers free entry to visitors from March to November.

There are many other free things to do in 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.

You can find more things to do in Glasgow for free by searching our attractions.

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