Glasgow: The best things to do in the COP26 host city – ‘perfect’

Countdown to Cop26: World leaders to attend Glasgow event

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Glasgow was named the best UK city break in 2021 by Condé Nast Traveller. Scotland’s largest city is welcoming the world for COP26, the UN summit on climate, and many will be wondering what there is to do and see on a visit.

Glasgow has plenty to offer to holidaymakers.

Glasgow Cathedral is a beautiful example of medieval architecture, and while in the area, visitors will want to head to the Necropolis.

On Tripadvisor, J M said of the cathedral: “A beautiful building with lots of gorgeous stained glass windows and interesting history.”

Glasgow’s Necropolis was the Victorian city of the dead.

On Tripadvisor, Liz P said: “Situated above the cathedral, the view from the top is amazing. Some of the memorials are very grand and as a whole, the necropolis is fascinating.”

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Boasting a Green Tourism Award, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a must-do for art-loving Britons in Glasgow.

Debbie said: “A beautiful building, full of amazing items. Could have spend the whole day in there.”

House for an Art Lover was designed by famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Tripadvisor user babykong said: “Love the history of the house, and really admire the dedication and passion of all those who brought this gorgeous work of art to life.”

Located in Bellahouston Park, the house is an attraction in its own right, but the park also deserves a mention.

Bellahouston Park has former gardens and parklands, as well as a maze to explore.

Glasgow is home to over 90 parks and gardens and is known as the Dear Green Place.

Pollok Country Park is the home of National Trust for Scotland’s Pollok House.

The park is also famous for its Highland cattle.

Mariana Azevedo said: “It’s a vast and fantastic park! That’s the one place that you can found Highlands cows (in between Pollok House and the park).”

Glasgow Botanic Gardens and its famous Kibble Palace are in the city’s West End.

Nature lovers will enjoy the riverside walks and the incredible collection of plants.

Dale C said: “The two different glass houses were just gorgeous to walk around.”

Visitors inspired by COP26 should head to Glasgow Science Centre, which will host the COP26 Green Zone.

There is a lot to see, from a Polar Zone to a Planetarium and a Powering the Future exhibit with an energy dance floor.

Jane P said: “The science museum is chock a block with things to see and do. There was something for everyone from little ones to grandparents.”

Glasgow city centre has a City Centre Mural Trail, turning a walk in the city into an arts lover’s paradise.

The city was the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, and there are plenty of events happening all year round.

It’s not all at Barrowland Ballroom either, even if the venue, opened in 1934, has become famous for its larger than life sign.

On Tripadvisor, Dani said: “Incredible venue. Best venue I’ve ever been to!”

Visitors who are happy to venture slightly outside Glasgow could go to Glengoyne Distillery.

The whisky is produced with 100 percent renewable energy and the distillery has its own beehives and wetlands.

Yumi K said: “Our first whiskey distillery tour. Perfect.”

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