Free Activities in Glasgow

NUS National Conference

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

Please find below some suggestions for free activities for delegates to enjoy in the city.

Museums and Attractions

Glasgow has a huge range of attractions for delegates to explore, including city-owned museums and art galleries offering free entry for visitors.

Free museums and art galleries include the following:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a beautiful historic building set within Kelvingrove Park in the West End and houses one of Europe's great art collections.

The Riverside Museum (European Museum of the Year 2013) on the River Clyde is a stunning modern museum and great place to explore our transport history.

The Gallery of Modern Art is situated in the middle of the City Centre, displaying work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world.

Delegates can also visit Glasgow Cathedral for free and find out about our patron saint, St Mungo.

This magnificent example of Scottish Gothic architecture was built between the 13th & 15th centuries and is widely regarded as the high point of cathedral building in Europe.

Explore the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and enjoy a view across the Glasgow rooftops at The Lighthouse, our centre for design and architecture, with free entry. 

More information can be found at:

Tours in Glasgow

The stunning City Chambers building is situated in the heart of the city centre at George Square.

Free tours are available twice a day, Monday to Friday.

A number of self-guided downloadable walking tours are also available, including:

Glasgow Art Mural Trail

Glasgow Women’s History Walks

For full information on the wide range of tours available within Glasgow, please visit:

Music and events

Glasgow is a UNESCO city of music and a great place to enjoy some live music.

A list of gigs can be found here, including some free gigs in local pubs:

Glasgow Gig Guide


Glasgow is known as a ‘Dear Green Place’ with over 90 parks and gardens.

Explore our parks for free including Kelvingrove Park and Victoria Park in the West End, Glasgow Green near the City Centre and Queen’s Park on the south side.

Further information

For further information on Glasgow’s attractions and neighbourhoods, as well as suggested itineraries, please explore: