What To Know About Glasgow City Centre

As you might imagine, Glasgow is full of things to do, from shopping and dining to sightseeing and culture. However, if you’re short on time and want to see the best of what this buzzing city has to offer, here are some important tips for getting the most out of your trip!

Merchant City

Merchant City in Glasgow is a must-see place for shopping, staying, drinking, and exploring. This location can be found right in the heart of the city centre and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. There is something for everyone in Merchant City and makes for the perfect day trip. There are also Merchant city hotels to stay in for affordable prices.

Glasgow Green

Established in the 15th century, Glasgow Green is Scotland’s oldest park and is a favourite destination for strollers. It also features the People’s Palace social history museum and winter garden.

During the year it plays host to several events including TRNSMT music festival, Great Scottish Run and Radio 1’s Big weekend. The park is also home to the World Pipe Band Championships and a variety of other sporting events.

Tron Theatre

Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, the Tron Theatre is one of the most vibrant and diverse theatres in town. It has two performance spaces and a lively bar and restaurant serving good food and drink at reasonable prices.

Under the artistic leadership of Michael Boyd (1986-1996), a number of leading Scottish artists emerged from the Tron, including Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Peter Mullan, Craig Ferguson and Siobhan Redmond. Many of these artists still work with the Tron.

Riverside Museum

Designed by Zaha Hadid, the Riverside Museum is a fluidic open exhibition space that houses more than 3,000 exhibits. With objects from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, cars to a Stormtrooper, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of Glasgow’s rich past and the city’s transformation from maritime powerhouse to modern urban city.

The museum’s largest exhibit is a massive Glasgow-built railway locomotive.

Glasgow Science Centre

Sitting on the River Clyde, Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s most popular paid-for attractions. Here you’ll find the Glasgow Tower, a planetarium, and Scotland’s only IMAX cinema.

The main attraction is the “Science Mall” with 3 floors of interactive exhibits aimed at children. There’s lots to explore here from forces and energy to logic puzzles.


The Lighthouse was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1895 and is now Glasgow’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It’s a vibrant space for exhibitions, workshops and events.

Located on Mitchell Lane, just off Buchanan Street, it’s easy to find and free to enter. The third floor is home to a Mackintosh interpretation center and a spiral staircase leads up to the tower for spectacular city views.