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Landmarks Of Glasgow Part 1 (Self Guided), Glasgow

Glasgow is home to a number of great historic, architectural and cultural landmarks. To make sure you see the best attractions of the city, we've created this two-part Landmarks of Glasgow self-guided tour.
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Landmarks Of Glasgow Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Of Glasgow Part 1
Guide Location: Scotland » Glasgow (See other walking tours in Glasgow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: irenes
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mackintosh House
  • Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
  • University of Glasgow
  • Lord Kelvin Statue
  • Lord Lister Monument
  • Kelvingrove Bandstand
  • Lobey Dosser Statue
  • St Mary the Virgin Cathedral
Mackintosh House

1) Mackintosh House (must see)

No-one should miss the chance to visit a house museum if possible because they are an excellent way of feeling as though you are stepping back in time. Mackintosh House on the Glasgow University campus is a very fine example of this.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a 19th/20th-century architect, designer, artist and the principal representative of the Art Nouveau Movement in the UK. He and his wife Margaret, who was also a renowned artist, lived in the house on Southpark Avenue between 1906 and 1914, when they moved the house and its contents were bought by a Mr Davison and his family. When they put the house up for sale in their turn in 1946, it was bought by Glasgow University and the Davidsons made the university a gift of the furniture.

The house museum has been a part of the Hunterian Art Gallery since 1981 and is a faithful reconstruction of the time when the Mackintosh’s lived there. The beautiful furniture was designed by Mackintosh himself and several examples of his and Margaret’s paintings adorn the walls.

You can visit the hall, drawing room, dining room, studio and main bedroom, all of which are elegantly decorated. As you drift from room to room, you almost expect to come across Charles working on the designs of another building, or Margaret, paintbrush in hand, bent over her easel to catch the last rays of the summer sun.

Why You Should Visit:
Even if you have only limited interest in architecture, the half-hour tour through this house is worth every penny.
Eye candy wherever you look, and breathtaking examples of the Mackintosh genius. The use of light and space, too, is a revelation.

Take the morning guided tour first – you will then be able to pop back in the afternoon when you can go round at your leisure.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am–5pm; Sun: 11am–4pm
Last admission 45 mins before closing
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery

2) Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery (must see)

Located at the University of Glasgow, this is Scotland's oldest public museum. It was founded in 1807 with funds left by Dr William Hunter in his will. Hunter was a physician, an anatomist and one of the leading obstetricians of his day. He was also a great book and coin collector, and his collections were bequeathed to the museum.

With over a million items, the museum is full of Roman artifacts from the Antonine Wall, items from Captain Cook’s Voyages of Discovery, meteorites and scientific instruments that once belonged to Lord Kelvin and James Watt. One section deals with early man and you will see several mummies and dinosaur fossils.

In “A Healing Passion” you will learn about the history of Glasgow medicine and see anatomical instruments from Hunters teaching collection. His coin collection is reputed to be one of the most extensive in the world: he bought several collections from other collectors, including those of Horace Walpole and Thomas Crofts. Even King George III gave an Athenian gold coin.

There are many interactive displays and the museum is an educational experience for children and adults alike. The library has a collection of over 600 manuscripts and over 1000 books. The oldest manuscript is “Homilies of Saint Basil” and was written in 859.

Why You Should Visit:
Eclectic but well presented, with room to accommodate a lot of people without feeling crowded. The dramatic setting and design of the interior are breathtaking.

Allow a good amount of time – there is a lot to see and the area is good for a stroll. Try and go on a sunny day to get the best pictures.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am–5pm; Sun: 11am–4pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
University of Glasgow

3) University of Glasgow (must see)

The United Kingdom boasts many fine, ancient universities that are renowned throughout the world and one of the most important among them is the University of Glasgow – the 4th oldest in the English-speaking countries.

It was founded by the Papal Bull under the papacy of Pope Nicholas V in 1451 and King James II gave Bishop William Turnbill the permission to add it to the city’s cathedral. During the Reformation, the Mace and the Bull were taken to France, and while the Mace was later returned, the Bull was either lost or stolen.

In 1870 the University’s main campus was built on Gilmorehill by Sir George Scott. It was constructed in the Gothic style in a twin-quadrangle layout with an open undercroft. The spire was added to the bell tower in 1887. The University’s other departments are spread out in various buildings around the city and around the country.

During the 18th century the University was the main center of the Scottish Enlightenment movement and in the 19th century it finally opened its doors to students other than the rich upper classes. Merchants’ children went there to learn law, medicine, teaching, engineering, science and the Scriptures.

On the campus you will find the excellent Hunterian Museum & Gallery as well as the Mackintosh House.

Why You Should Visit:
Boasting some of Glasgow's oldest and most beautiful, magical architecture, this University definitely deserves a spot on all tourists lists.
Its campus houses several of the city's museums, including the excellent Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, and the Zoology Museum.
The University is also close to a number of great restaurants and bars, as well as the charming Ashton Lane.

Go to the south side of the main building for breathtaking views across the city and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
Also, you should make sure to visit the University Chapel, preferably on Tuesdays at 6pm when the choir is singing.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lord Kelvin Statue

4) Lord Kelvin Statue

Glasgow University is one of the most interesting places to visit and in a small garden below the University Tower you will find the Lord Kelvin Statue.

The statue was erected on this site in 1913 and was the work of Archibald MacFarlane Shannan, who was commissioned to immortalise Sir William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin of Largs, in bronze.

You can see the great man sitting on his stone plinth, his head bent over a book, undoubtedly studying higher forms of mathematics or some other learned scientific work.

Sir William Thomson was born in Belfast in 1824 and his family moved to Glasgow in 1836. Sir William was a brilliant student and he finished his studies at Glasgow University, his speciality was mathematics, science and energy.

He was particularly drawn to understanding the vagaries of heat and is renowned for his determining of Absolute Zero degree temperature, now known as the Kelvin Scale.

He was involved in many scientific inventions and improvements, that although today are somewhat dated and some of them have been proved false, he was nevertheless highly respected in his time.

He is also known for his work on the mirror galvanometer, the siphon recorder which recorded the receipt of telegraph messages and the Kelvin Water Dropper – a prototype of the electrostatic generator.
Lord Lister Monument

5) Lord Lister Monument

The Lord Lister Monument, also known as the Lord Lister Bronze Statue, was erected in Kelvingrove Park in 1924. It commemorates Lord Lister, who was the first to propose the use of antiseptics in disinfecting surgery instruments and tools, causing mortality rates to fall by almost half. The sculpture showing Lord Lister in his academic robe was made by George Henry Paulin on request from a royal commission. Another statue nearby is dedicated to the famous Lord Kelvin.
Kelvingrove Bandstand

6) Kelvingrove Bandstand

Within the very popular park of the same name you'll find the Kelvingrove Bandstand. With a capacity of 3,000 seating and 7,000 standing, this capacious bandstand is a great place to come and enjoy live music or simply to relax in the open air. Since its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, it has been a popular spot to go to hear military bands, steel bands and rock concerts. It's also a great place to bring children - look out for the Woodlands Fun Days for Children each summer.
Lobey Dosser Statue

7) Lobey Dosser Statue

Any tourist worth his salt wants to see as many places and things of interest as possible in the city he is visiting and while in Glasgow the Lobey Dosser Statue on Woodside Road, opposite the Halt Bar, will obviously be on your list of statues not to miss.

Okay, so who was Lobey Dosser? With a name like that, surely he can’t be for real? Well, no, actually he’s not. Lobey Dosser sprang from the very fertile imagination of Bud Neill, who was a cartoonist and a poet.

Lobey was created in 1949 and his first adventures appeared in the Evening Times, where he stayed as a popular fixture until 1956. He then moved to the Sunday Mail until 1959. His creator, Bud, had been spoon-fed American Western movies since his early childhood and he loved them. Lobey was his way of paying them tribute.

The cartoon strip featured Lobey as the Sheriff of Calton Creek “somewhere in Arizona”, his two-legged horse El Fideldo and a host of characters from Lobey’s arch-enemy, Rank Bajin, to Indian chiefs, Big Chief Toffy Teeth and Chief Rubber Lugs.

The statue was made free of charge by two art students, Nick Gillon and Tom Morrow, who won the competition, set by the Glasgow Herald to build a statue in memory of Bud Neill who died in 1970. The bronze statue features Lobey and Rank riding together on El Fideldo.
St Mary the Virgin Cathedral

8) St Mary the Virgin Cathedral

St Mary the Virgin Cathedral is a beautiful church situated on the Great Western Road, where its tall spire dominates the skyline.

The church was built in 1893 by George Scott in a 14th century Gothic design. The spire was designed by John Scott. It is 23m high and stands on top of the 40 meter-high tower. The bell tower houses a ten bell peal of bells. The church is built of Lanark stone

The nave is 31m long and 9m wide and is separated from the aisles on each side by arcades comprising 6 arches. The nave’s glazed porch was added during renovations between 1998 and 2002.

The chancel and the transepts are separated from the nave by arches supported by columns of white Bath Stone. The Ashlar pulpit rests on colonnades of polished granite. During renovations the chancel, the Crossing and the tower were given a new roof and the organ was completely rebuilt. The clerestory windows were changed, the stained glass is by Hardman and Company.

The cathedral is very popular and has a full, professional choir. Other than the interesting services, it attracts tourists by hosting concerts, music recitals, art exhibitions and other events.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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