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10 Unmissable Activities to Experience in Glasgow This Spring!

Considering a getaway to Glasgow during the spring months? It’s arguably the finest season for a visit. As the city awakens with the vibrant hues of blooming flowers, travellers can also snag fantastic deals on flights and accommodations, all while sidestepping the peak summer crowds. Glasgow’s array of activities is vast and varied. Despite the milder yet brisk spring temperatures, which make indoor attractions particularly appealing, the city also offers plenty of outdoor experiences to enjoy in the refreshing spring breeze.

From the excitement of supporting the Scottish Premier League’s top teams to wandering the city’s impressive mural trail, or delving into the history at the gothic Glasgow Cathedral and its neighbouring Necropolis, Glasgow is a treasure trove of experiences. Add to this the allure of world-renowned museums, legendary music spots, distinctive boutiques, and a celebrated brewery, and it’s clear why visitors find Glasgow enchanting in any season—though spring boasts its own unique charm.

Scotland’s renowned beauty is undeniable, and Glasgow plays a significant role in this reputation. Here are ten unparalleled activities to embark on in Glasgow come spring, presented in no specific order.

Glasgow’s Gallery Of Modern Art

Glasgow's Gallery Of Modern Art by Villa in Glasgow

Nestled in Royal Exchange Square, just a stone’s throw from Buchanan Street, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art emerges as the city’s beacon for contemporary artistry. This esteemed venue, located at 111 Queen St, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, welcomes visitors into a world where local and international artworks converge within its four galleries. The gallery is not just a feast for the eyes; it also houses a library with free internet access, a gift shop brimming with unique souvenirs, and a café offering delectable pastries, ensuring a rich cultural experience. Open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM, it provides ample opportunity for exploration.

Right outside the gallery, the Duke of Wellington statue, often seen wearing a bright orange traffic cone on its head, offers a glimpse into Glasgow’s playful spirit. This quirky landmark has become an iconic emblem of the city’s humour, making it a standout attraction for anyone visiting Scotland for the first time. This blend of artistic depth and local whimsy makes the Gallery of Modern Art a pivotal stop in Glasgow’s vibrant cultural landscape.

Barrowland Ballroom

Barrowland by Villa in Glasgow

Step into the Barrowland Ballroom, a venue that’s not just a part of music history but a living legend in the global music scene. Opening its doors in 1934, this iconic venue faced adversity head-on when a fire nearly destroyed it in 1958. However, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it reopened with grandeur on Christmas Eve of 1960. Today, the Barrowland Ballroom stands proud on 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, boasting a capacity of approximately 1900 guests. It’s celebrated not only for its rich history but for its exceptional acoustics and the distinctive sprung dance floor that has seen countless unforgettable performances.

The venue has hosted a who’s who of international music royalty, including Oasis, U2, Foo Fighters, and The Smiths, making it a pilgrimage site for music lovers worldwide. Whether you’re a fan of classical music, rap, or anything in between, the Barrowland Ballroom offers a diverse lineup that caters to every musical taste. Attending a live gig here is more than just a night out; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of music’s best, in one of the most storied venues on the planet.

Glasgow’s Premier Shopping Destinations

Glasgow's Premier Shopping Destinations

Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, along with Argyle and Sauchiehall Streets and the West End, forms the city’s shopping epicenter, boasting everything from luxury brands to high-street names and vintage treasures. Buchanan Galleries, at the heart of Buchanan and Sauchiehall Streets, offers a diverse range of about 80 shops including John Lewis and H&M. Not far off, the St. Enoch Centre features a wide selection of stores like JD Sports and The Body Shop.

Princes Square, with its stunning glass roof, is a haven for those seeking luxury brands such as Ted Baker and Kurt Geiger. Bargain hunters will find great deals at Sauchiehall Street’s TX Maxx and Primark, while vintage enthusiasts should explore the West End’s unique shops. For a historic shopping experience, the Barras Market offers a variety of second-hand goods in its lively open stalls.

Witness a Football Match

Football Match by Villa in Glasgow

In Glasgow, football isn’t just a game; it’s a passion that divides the city into two fervent halves: Celtic and Rangers. Celtic’s home ground is Park Head in the east, while Rangers’ heart beats at Ibrox Stadium in the south. Securing a ticket to either venue promises an unforgettable experience, complete with the electric atmosphere of chanting fans, the iconic warm meat pies, and steaming cups of Bovril to fend off the chill.

If your visit doesn’t align with a match day, the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park offers a deep dive into the sport’s local lore. Additionally, the women’s teams of Celtic and Rangers provide top-tier football and an equally vibrant match-day atmosphere, ensuring every football enthusiast leaves Glasgow with their heart full and spirits high.

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel by Villa in Scotland
Glasgow has been a pivotal force in shaping the global landscape of shipbuilding, train manufacturing, and engineering. The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, located at 100 Pointhouse Road, Partick, Glasgow, is a tribute to this rich heritage. With a collection that exceeds 3,000 objects, including interactive displays, visitors can journey through history with exhibits ranging from vintage prams and skateboards to majestic steam trains and classic cars.

Crafted by the visionary Dame Zaha Hadid, the museum’s architecture itself is a nod to Glasgow’s innovative spirit. Both the striking exterior and the curated exhibits within reflect the city’s ongoing contributions to technological and design advancements. Open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM, the Riverside Museum stands as a must-visit for anyone keen to delve into the fascinating world of transport and travel.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum by Villa in Scotland

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a fantastic, free attraction in Glasgow and ranks as one of the most visited museums in the UK. It houses 22 galleries filled with over 8,000 objects that appeal to visitors of all ages, making it a diverse and engaging place to explore.

This architectural gem, built in 1901, features a stunning Spanish Baroque style with red sandstone exteriors that are just as impressive as the treasures inside. Highlights include a Spitfire jet dramatically displayed from the ceiling, an intriguing installation of floating heads, and a wide range of artwork spanning various periods, not to mention a collection of antique arms and armour. Among its most famous pieces is Salvador Dalí’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross,” drawing art enthusiasts from around the world.

City Center Mural Trail in Glasgow

City Center Mural Trail in Glasgow by Villa in Scotland

Glasgow’s City Center Mural Trail is a captivating outdoor gallery that transforms the city’s landscape into a vibrant canvas of creativity and inspiration. Initiated in 2008 with its very first artwork, this trail has significantly brightened Glasgow’s streets, turning buildings and empty spaces into a riot of colours and messages. It’s not just an artistic endeavour; it’s a movement that has revitalised urban spaces and fostered a deeper connection between visitors and the local community, encouraging support for Glasgow’s businesses.

For those eager to immerse themselves in Scotland’s rich cultural tapestry without stretching their wallets, the Mural Trail offers an unparalleled opportunity. Spanning a manageable distance within the heart of the city, the trail showcases a wide array of murals, each telling its own story and adding a unique flavour to the urban environment. Armed with a Mural Trail Map, adventurers can embark on a self-guided tour, uncovering the artistic treasures of Glasgow and experiencing the city’s dynamic spirit in a single afternoon.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens by Villa in Scotland

Nestled in Glasgow’s vibrant West End, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens stand as a testament to the city’s love for nature and horticulture. Since its establishment in 1842, this verdant oasis has been a sanctuary of tranquillity and beauty, housing an impressive collection of plants within its historic and architecturally significant glasshouses. The gardens are not merely green spaces but living museums, showcasing the fascinating diversity of plant life from around the globe.

Among the garden’s crown jewels is Kibble Palace, a magnificent glasshouse erected in 1873, renowned for its intricate ironwork and housing an exquisite collection of temperate plants. Following closely in its historical footsteps is the Main Range, a teak glasshouse known for its traditional charm and variety of species, ranging from the lush foliage of tropical rainforests to the stark beauty of arid landscapes. Located at 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, the Botanic Gardens invite visitors to wander and explore from 7 AM to dusk throughout the year, offering a peaceful retreat into nature’s embrace amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.

Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis

Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis by Villa in Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral stands as a testament to the city’s rich history, with its towering spires and intricate stained-glass windows marking it as a significant piece of Gothic architecture. Consecrated in 1197, it is the oldest building in Glasgow, dedicated to Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city, whose tomb is prominently placed within.

A short walk east leads to the Necropolis, a Victorian cemetery with over 3,000 monuments that offer serene views of Glasgow. This sprawling garden cemetery provides a peaceful exploration of Glasgow’s past, making the cathedral and the Necropolis essential visits for those captivated by the city’s historical and architectural beauty.

Wellpark Brewery

Wellpark Brewery by Villa in Scotland

Wellpark Brewery, home to the iconic Tennant’s Lager, stands as a testament to Scotland’s rich brewing tradition. Brewing on this site dates back to 1556, with Hugh Tennant crafting the now-celebrated Tennant’s Lager in 1885, initially dubbed a “madman’s dream” by the press. Today, it proudly ranks among Glasgow’s favourite brews, embodying the city’s spirited culture.

Visitors to Wellpark Brewery can immerse themselves in the brewing legacy at The Tennant’s Story Heritage Centre. The tour not only delves into the storied past of Tennant’s but also demystifies the brewing process, offering masterclasses on everything from beer to gin. The highlight? A refreshing pint awaits at the tour’s conclusion, providing the perfect end to this immersive experience.


Glasgow in spring offers a diverse array of activities and attractions that cater to a wide range of interests. From exploring its rich cultural heritage at museums and galleries to immersing oneself in the city’s vibrant music scene, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, Glasgow boasts premier shopping destinations, passionate football culture, and captivating outdoor experiences like mural trails and botanical gardens. Whether visitors are interested in history, arts, sports, or nature, Glasgow in spring promises an unforgettable and enriching experience. Choose Pleasant Hill Scotland as your tranquil retreat amidst the excitement of Glasgow. Experience the warmth of our hospitality and create cherished memories in the heart of Scotland’s vibrant culture and natural beauty.

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The Campbell family has owned the old main house - the large garden villa within its garden grounds &has hosted family & friends gatherings, weddings, memorials, reunion & milestone celebration events

Chris Campbell

Chris and the Campbell family have owned the Pleasant Hill Scotland 200-year-old main house – the oldest in Milngavie – and built this villa within its garden grounds. Chris and the Campbell family live next door and are always available for arranging handovers, and offer all manner of local intel or even support in the event of any emergency. His consistent dedication as a local ‘Concierge’, and routine forwards information about the area, pointers towards local places for eating/drinking, plus advice on sight-seeing or activities during the guest’s stay have rewarded him with Certificates of Excellence, Premier Partner & Superhost status by the major platforms. For the past two decades, Chris and the Campbell family has hosted family & friend gatherings (including Homecomings), weddings, memorials, reunions and milestone celebration events in the Pleasant Hill Scotland villa. So many have now become repeat visitors.