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5 Things To Do In Glasgow This Summer

Posted by Matthew Gunn on June 10, 2022
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While this Spring hasn’t been the warmest, we have all of our fingers and toes crossed for a roastin’ Summer!

We think this list of things to do in Glasgow shouldn’t be missed!

Glasgow certainly has a lot going for it – it’s full of friendly people and great minds, live music, shopping and museums, nature trails and gardens, arts and culture, restaurants and festivals, and bars and nightlife. Glasgow has pretty much has everything you could ever ask for in a city.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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The Botanic Gardens were originally established in 1841 as part of the University of Glasgow, however they were then acquired by the City and made public 50 years later. The beautiful, domed glasshouse Kibble Palace was constructed in 1873, with the Main Range teak glasshouse being added a few years later. Both glasshouses are home to numerous exotic plants, including those from tropical rainforests and arid lands.

In front of the glasshouses is a large sprawling green, which is always busy on a sunny day, and also hosts yoga classes and various activities.


Cycle the Murals Trail

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The Murals Trail is a 12.4km loop that begins and ends at Bromielaw Pontoon, which also hosts a Nextbike UK bicycle rental stand. The trail will take you past approximately 20 of Glasgow’s most iconic murals, and many are perfect for Instagrammable photo-ops. Along the way, you pass some of Glasgow’s gems such as the Clutha and the Hootenany pubs. This is a great, eco-friendly day trip with pals or a nice date idea when you want to be active.


Festival Village: Merchant City

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Fancy a relaxing afternoon al fresco? This outdoor beer garden in Candleriggs Square is perfect for a sunny day out with your pals. Festival Village has the ever-loved pints of Tennent’s and many popular cocktails, but our favourite is the delicious new boozy slushies (p.s. there’s a new flavour each week so you can’t get bored)! Sit back and relax in the sun while listening to their beer garden’s playlist, or if it’s a rainy day they’ve got you covered – literally. The venue has Perspex roofs and heaters on standby, so if Scotland decides to take a turn (as it usually does), you can finish your drink without the rain watering it down. They also offer some funky seating options like quirky tipi tents that can be booked for special events!


Play Port Glasgow

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If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Play Port is the place for you this summer in Glasgow! Just north of the M8, this sporting centre offers skateboarding, canoeing, whitewater tubing, wakeboarding, BMX, scootering and bushcraft. Glasgow’s former industrial heartland at the top of the Forth and Clyde Canal is perfect for one of those scorching days when you need to escape the heat. They offer many different experiences for all different skill levels, so definitely worth checking out this summer!


Queens Park Arena

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Queens Park Arena hosts loads of different events each summer, including our favourite: The Open Air Cinema. QPA hosts free outdoor films all summer from 30 May to 29 August, with many classics such as ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Grease’. If films aren’t your thing, they also offer other events such as Laugh in the Park (a hilarious outdoor stand up comedy show), storybook events for children, and live music!


We hope this inspires you to get out and explore the quirky things Glasgow has to offer this summer – have we missed any of your favourites?

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