5 free things in Glasgow, from gardens to museums

Apr 24 2014, 19:10 IST
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SummaryThe image of Scotland's largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone.

museum also includes three reconstructed streets showing Glasgow as it would have been between 1895 and 1930.

Visitors are encouraged to climb aboard many of the exhibits, including the U.K.'s only floating Clyde-built sailing ship, which is permanently moored outside the museum.

HUNTERIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow is the oldest museum in Scotland, dating back more than 200 years.

Used extensively for academic research but also open to the public, the collection features a wide range of artifacts ranging from an entire section of the wall built by Romans in Scotland in the 2nd century to scientific instruments used by some of the world's greatest scientists and objects from Captain Cook's voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

The Art Gallery is home to one of the world's greatest collections of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, including the reassembled interior of his former Glasgow home. It also houses paintings by famous artists such as George Stubbs and James McNeill Whistler.

NECROPOLIS

If you don't mind something a little more macabre, the Necropolis is well worth a wander.

Regarded as one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, the immense Victorian monument garden of 37 acres is overlooked by Glasgow Cathedral and provides a stunning elevated view of the city. As the final resting place of more than 50,000 people, many of them notable, it is full of amazing stories and gothic monuments. There are regular free walking tours from extremely well-informed volunteer guides but visitors may also explore on their own.

BOTANIC GARDENS

Founded initially in 1817, the internationally renowned Botanic Gardens in the heart of the West End of Glasgow provide an oasis of calm and respite.

There are more than 50 acres of formal gardens, woodland walks and architecturally impressive glasshouses filled with an extensive array of temperate and tropical plants from around the world to explore. Open from 7 a.m. to dusk every day, the gardens are within a short walking distance of Byers Road, one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas of the city, filled with a range of cafes, bars and some of Glasgow's most popular restaurants.

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