Historic attractions in Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

Discover the fascinating history of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley at a range of attractions which bring the region’s past to vividly to life. Take in remarkable exhibits and artefacts at world-class museums in Glasgow, two UNESCO World Heritages Sites, and historic buildings and monuments located across the region.

Glasgow’s history can be seen and experienced at a range of attractions throughout the city. Choose from a diverse array of museums, many of which are free of charge and centrally located.

Explore inside the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, the oldest public museum in Scotland, and see everything from Roman relics to artworks by Whistler. Step aboard the Tall Ship ‘Glenlee’ at the Riverside Museum and uncover the fascinating exhibits on display at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. These are just a few of Glasgow’s museums.

The city has a rich ecclesiastical heritage which can be experienced at the inspiring Glasgow Cathedral which dates from the 13th century and Glasgow Necropolis with its Victorian mausoleums and statues. The Roman Catholic St Andrew’s Cathedral, with its splendid Gothic Revival interior, is another of Glasgow’s many beautiful religious sites.

Venture outside the Glasgow city centre and discover more fascinating historic attractions. Walk around a restored 18th century cotton mill at New Lanark World Heritage Site and find out more about the region’s industrial and rural past at Summerlee, the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.

Find marvelously well preserved Renaissance tower houses including Haggs Castle in Pollockshields and Newark Castle at Fort Douglas, and visit Paisley Abbey where William Wallace was reputedly educated.

Head to the Clyde coast and learn about the region’s maritime past at the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock, birthplace of James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine.

Delve further back in time at the second of the region’s two World Heritage Sites, the Antonine Wall, remnants of which can been seen at Bearsden and Kirkintilloch.

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