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Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is a region of striking contrasts. Be captivated by Scotland's city of style, home to fascinating historical attractions, buzzing bars and restaurants, and the remarkable work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Beyond the city you will find two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, peaceful countryside and wonderful wildlife waiting to be explored. It is easy to see why this diverse region is such a popular choice.

Discover a cultural hub with world-famous art collections and a fascinating history housed in beautiful venues, many of which are free to visit. With exceptional architecture from the 13th to 21st centuries and some of the UK’s best shopping and dining out, it’s easy to see why this cosmopolitan and cutting-edge city is such a popular choice.

In Glasgow, there’s a tradition that art is for the people, and you’ll find over 20 fantastic art galleries, museums and other attractions which are free to visit. Look out for the beautiful city centre architecture, which combines medieval, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and 21st century styles – and, of course, designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Venture just a short distance beyond the city and discover a whole world of stunning landscapes and fascinating histories. The countryside surrounding Glasgow provides a haven for wildlife, with beautiful walking, varied cycle routes and even two World Heritage Sites.

Discover beauty spots less than an hour from Glasgow, with the lush Clyde Valley, magnificent estates on the Firth of Clyde, historical attractions and country parks. A great way to explore is to follow the Clyde Valley Tourist Route, a 42-mile scenic route taking in attractions and stunning vantage points.

  • A bridge in Pollok Country Park
    A bridge in Pollok Country Park
  • Glasgow Cathedral in the city centre of Glasgow
    Glasgow Cathedral
  • a long-horned, long haired cow
    The majestic Highland cow
  • The band Skerryvore perform live at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
    King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
  • A waitress serves afternoon tea in the Room De Luxe at the Willow Tearoom
    Willow Tearoom
Looking down on the Falls of Clyde, a waterfall with trees either side

Nature and geography

Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is a region of captivating natural beauty that looks wonderful at any time of the year.

Paisley Abbey and Town Hall photographed at dusk in Paisley, Renfrewshire


The history of Glasgow & The Clyde Valley can be experienced at a variety of attractions across the region.

close-up of a bird of prey in flight with extended wings


Come and enjoy the rich variety of species and habitats to be found in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

Exterior shot of the Glasgow School of Art which is lit up

Arts and culture

Enjoy world-class art collections, quirky music venues and groundbreaking events in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

The downstairs restaurant area of Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, a region renowned for its tasty local produce.

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.

Shoppers on Buchanan Street

Area overview

Glasgow is a friendly city boasting great shopping, delightful restaurants and a range of vibrant attractions. Just beyond Glasgow and within easy reach, you’ll find lush countryside, great family days out and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow


Plan a break to Glasgow & The Clyde Valley using our itineraries which are packed full of ideas and suggestions. Follow the Clyde Valley Tourist Route, see two World Heritage Sites or visit the city's parks to discover great museums.

A tour bus crosses the Cyde Arc, west of Glasgow city centre


Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and there are plentiful transport links allowing you to make the most of this remarkable city and the surrounding Clyde Valley.