Top things to do near Glasgow Prestwick Airport
See the World Through Wooden Eyes
If you’re going to spend some time in the city of Glasgow, you might as well take advantage of some of its weird and wonderful attractions. Hidden in the depths of the city’s Victorian Mitchell Library is a collection of macabre masks and puppets from the history of puppetry. You don’t see that everyday…
Fossil Grove Fun
Discovered in 1887, Fossil Grove preserves the fossilised remains of extinct Lepidodendron trees. The ancient arbors, which originally grew 325 million years ago, now offer a peek into prehistoric Glasgow in the museum in which they are showcased.
Go Gaming at Super Bario
This affordable and unusual bar is more than just a great watering hole. Super Bario is Glasgow’s first and best arcade bar, allowing you to battle your friends at old classics like Mortal Kombat and Ridge Racer. Better yet, you can also enjoy some of the best locally-produced beers and beverages from around the world at here.
Though you wouldn’t imagine it given that Glasgow is a diverse and modern metropolis, much of old Glasgow is still alive and kicking today. A trip to the cathedral precinct of the city’s East End will transport you back in time and give you a feel of Glasgow pre-Industrial Revolution. Here you can see Glasgow Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1197 and is a shining example of Scottish Gothic architecture. The nearby Necropolis, an impressive cemetery inspired by Pere Lachaise in Paris, is also a sight to behold.
Explore Kinetic Theatre
The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, founded in the Soviet Union in the 1970s by Eduard Bersudsky when he began making kinemats in his room, has since relocated to Glasgow. Brought to the city in 1996, Sharmanka’s shows make use of props made from reclaimed scrap, spectacular lighting and, most importantly, numerous macabre, wooden figures living out a range of stories. It really is as bizarre as it sounds and it has to be seen to be believed.
Explore Scotland’s Football Heritage
The Scottish Football Museum, based within the National Stadium at Hampden, preserves the memory of Scotland’s unique footballing past with its special memorabilia collection. Exploring the country’s obsession with the game and the impact it has had on every aspect of Scottish life, the museum hosts a large compendium of memorabilia and even offers a tour of the National Stadium itself. Football and even general sports fans would be wise to spend a few hours in here.
Grab Some Vegan Treats
One little-known fact about the city of Glasgow is that it is one of the best cities in the UK for vegan dining. Littered with vegan-friendly eateries, you’ll never be stuck for choice of cuisine. If you are vegan and want to take advantage of Glasgow’s offerings, try the Indian street food at Usha’s or any number of Mono’s vegan-only dishes. If you aren’t vegan, why not give it a try anyway?
There are gig venues galore in Glasgow. Known for its incomparable DIY and indie music scenes and lively atmosphere, there is something sonic for everyone in this city. Whether you’d like to see a big name take to the stage at the O2 Academy or you’d prefer something a little more niche, Glasgow has it all and is vibrant every night of the week. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is among the best independent venues in the UK, so be sure to pay it a visit if you’re spending the night in Glasgow.
Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery
This beautiful building is one of Glasgow’s most popular attractions and is must-do if you’ll be in the city. This magnificent art gallery is completely free of charge. It boasts 22 themed galleries displaying an impressive 8,000 objects, brought together from across Glasgow Museums’ rich and varied collection.
Go Back to School at Glasgow Science Centre
This museum is bustling with free interactive science shows, entertaining and informative workshops and mind-blowing exhibitions. Run on the giant hamster wheel, measure your power on the sprint track and dissect a virtual human body at the Glasgow Science Centre. One for both the kids and the grown ups, this wonderland of joy combines scientific fact and interaction to create a fun-flavoured cocktail. Located on the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration area on the south bank of the River Clyde, this spot is also one of immense beauty, particularly when the sun is shining.