8 hidden gems in Glasgow

When it comes to finding unique things to do in Glasgow, the city has a serious amount to offer. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is a true culture capital with lots of hidden places to explore. The city is home to world-class museums, an array of top-notch restaurants, is famed for its friendly locals, irreverent sense of humour. The iconic Wellington statue, adorned with a traffic cone, is a prime example of the locals' sense of humour. With its mix of independent and high-street shops, the city is considered to be something of a shopper's paradise too.

If you’re planning a city break in Glasgow or are even a regular visitor, check out these tips and discover something new next time you’re in town.

  1. Ashton Lane Glasgow

    Ashton Lane

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Though well-known to locals, visitors to Glasgow might easily miss the charms of Ashton Lane if they don’t keep their eyes peeled! Hidden away in the city’s West End, this picturesque cobbled street is adorned with fairy lights and is home to a number of great bars and restaurants, including Innis & GunnThe Grosvenor and the famous Ubiquitous Chip.

  2. Hidden Gardens Glasgow

    The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow

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    Opened in 2003, the Hidden Gardens is the perfect outdoor oasis to escape the busy bustle of Glasgow's city centre. Discover its diverse plant collection or take a leisurely stroll along the flowery meadow, home to a mix of beautiful Scottish wildflowers.

  3. The Necropolis Glasgow City Centre

    Glasgow Necropolis

    Inspired by the famous Père Lachaise in Paris, Glasgow’s Necropolis is a remarkable Victorian cemetery adorned with some 3,500 monuments. Amongst the most notable graves are a monument to Protestant Reformation leader John Knox, and a Celtic cross designed by influential Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

  4. Kibble Palace Glasgow

    Kibble Palace

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens are ideal for a peaceful walk or relaxing break between shopping and sightseeing. Make sure you don’t miss Kibble Palace, the striking greenhouse designed by inventor and engineer John Kibble, which features fine marble statues surrounded by vivid flowers, tropical palms and the National Collection of Tree Ferns.

  5. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Glasgow

    The facade of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall after it's restoration work in 2008.

    © Galactic Carnival Debbie McCall

    Victorian vaudeville gets a new lease of life at the Britannia Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving music hall. Built in the 1850s, the theatre has seen real legends of entertainment tread its boards: Stan Laurel made his debut here, and Cary Grant once entertained Glasgow crowds with his acrobatic skills.

    Key facilities
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Pets Welcome
  6. West Brewery Glasgow

    WEST Brewery

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Part of the distinctive Templeton on the Green, WEST Brewery creates German-inspired beers with a unique Glasgow flavour. Tuck into currywurst, wiener schnitzel or burgers in the WEST restaurant. Beer fans should be sure to sample a locally-produced pint from Drygate BreweryClockwork Beer Co. and the Kelburn Brewing Co., amongst others.

  7. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre Glasgow

    Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

    Founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St. Petersburg in 1989, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre has been captivating Scottish audiences since settling in Glasgow almost two decades ago. Its enchanting performances star hundreds of carved figures controlled by steampunk-style machinery, combining with lights and music to tell haunting, beautiful stories.

    Key facilities
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
  8. Mr Ben Retro Clothing Glasgow

    Mr Ben Retro Clothing, Glasgow

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    In addition to its ‘Style Mile’ and countless designer and high street stores, Glasgow is home to a wealth of vintage and second-hand clothing shops, each overflowing with clothes and accessories from across the decades. Located in King’s Court, Mr. Ben is a treasure trove of retro style, stocking everything from antique wedding dresses to military regalia – a must for fashion fans.

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