Top Five Free (or Cheap!) Things to Do in Glasgow

Living in Glasgow, you’re spoilt for choice with options of how to spend your free time. While you can come along to EAS trips, maybe you’re looking for somewhere to take your family and friends or places where you can spend as little money as possible.  In such a large city, there are so many options, but here are my top five picks!

1: Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Situated near the University, the Botanic Gardens are a beautiful spot to spend a sunny or rainy afternoon alike.  It’s completely free to wander around the gardens and Kibble Palace (the large glasshouse in the picture), home to many species of plants and flowers. Make sure you see the Dangerous Plants room, and it’s a perfect spot to relax on a rare sunny day!

Where is it? 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE

More info: http://www.glasgowbotanicgardens.com

2: Queen Margaret Union

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The Queen Margaret Union is one of Glasgow’s two student unions.  As a student, you can become a ‘member’ of both the Queen Margaret and the Glasgow University Unions, which give you benefits such as cheaper drinks and cheaper entry to events.  During the summer, the union is open during the week, from 8am until 11pm (12am on Friday.)  You can join your friends for a game of pool in Champions’ Bar, see live music by artists from Glasgow and beyond, or get a bite to eat for a student-friendly price.

Where is it? 22 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QN

More info: https://www.qmunion.org.uk

3: Gallery of Modern Art

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You’ve probably heard of, or even visited the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery which is next to the University but Glasgow is home to many other museums and galleries, with most being free to enter, including the Gallery of Modern Art.  The Gallery of Modern Art holds four galleries across the building, with new exhibitions on a regular basis.  There’s also a library in the building and an area for children.  In front of the building, you can also see the famous Duke of Wellington statue – you may have already heard of this as the statue Glaswegians decorate with traffic cones!  You’ll have to see it to believe it…

Where is it? Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

More info: https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com

4: Glasgow Film Theatre

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One of the best well-known cinemas in Scotland, the Glasgow Film Theatre has something for everyone.  Known locally as the GFT, it has a diverse monthly timetable with everything from foreign-language films with English subtitles, to screenings of live theatre shows, to an annual Film Festival every February.  It costs £7.50 for a student ticket, but if you’re under 25, you can apply for a ’15-25 Card’ for even cheaper tickets!

Where is it? 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB

More info: http://glasgowfilm.org

5: Glasgow Necropolis

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East of the city, Glasgow’s ‘city of the dead’ might not be your first choice for a day out but don’t miss out on this fascinating place. The Necropolis is an old cemetery, next to Glasgow Cathedral, built on a hill overlooking the city.  It’s famous for the view of the city as well as the varied architecture and memorials throughout.  You can also pop over to the Cathedral, a medieval church, where lies St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow.

Where is it? Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0UZ

More info: http://www.glasgownecropolis.org

Let us know at Chat Club if you go to any of these places, or if you have any more suggestions!

– Amy Shimmin (EAS Support Staff)

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