center_img 8. Go to a gigIf you’re not sure what to do in Glasgow of an evening, going to a gig here is a must; Glaswegian audiences are famed as being the best in the world. Catch one of your favourite bands in the newly built SSE Hydro that holds up to 13,000 people, or the legendary Barrowlands Ballroom. If you’d prefer to discover some new talent, get a pint in one of Glasgow’s many smaller venues such as Bloc or Mono that have gigs going on throughout the week. 3. Admire some artGlasgow has some of the country’s best artistic heritage. Admire Salvador Dali’s work in Kelvingrove Museum, or visit an exhibition in the Gallery of Modern Art, a beautiful Neoclassical building in Glasgow’s city centre. Glasgow is also dotted with reminders of its most famous artistic resident – Charles Rennie Macintosh. Though the Glasgow School of Art is still being restored after a tragic fire a few years ago, his other buildings are open to visitors and among the most attractive places to visit in Glasgow, from the Willow Tea Rooms to the Lighthouse, a quirky looking tower that from the top has unrivalled views of the city centre. 1. Wander along the River ClydeThe River Clyde’s importance in the early twentieth century made Glasgow the ‘Second City of the British Empire’. After years of decline, a regeneration project has brought this area back to its original glory and made the river one of Glasgow’s best attractions. The Riverside Museum – winner of European Museum of the Year 2013 – takes a look back at life over the past century in Glasgow and is located on the site of a former shipyard. In front you’ll find the Tall Ship, a preserved Clyde-built boat that you can explore. 5. Visit the University of GlasgowEver wanted to visit Hogwarts? Glasgow University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and its Gothic architecture, tall towers and turrets make it feel as if you actually are in the Harry Potter film set. As well as being an impressive building, the University hosts several interesting museums including Scotland’s oldest public museum – The Hunterian – which was founded in 1807 and, with its pickled body parts and gory dissections, is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s free to visit the museum and Hunterian Art Gallery, aside from special exhibitions. 9. Explore the Necropolis and CathedralGlasgow Cathedral is the only medieval church in the Scottish mainland to have survived the reformation, complete with twelfth century Gothic vaults and slightly newer but no less glorious post-war stained glass. To the east you’ll find the Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian graveyard that winds up the side of a hill and is bursting with ornate, crumbling gravestones and eerie tombs.last_img