Glasgow 2014: guide to the city's top attractions

The Commonwealth Games will be the big draw for visitors to Glasgow in 2014. However, there are other attractions that should definitely not be missed.

We've put together a list of 20 must-see attractions that Glasgow and its surrounding areas have to offer, including museums, country parks and day trips.

Click on the links below to make sure you don't miss out on experiencing all that Glasgow has to offer during your visit.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow West End

Kelvingrove is one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions. The gallery, which underwent a major revamp between 2003 and 2006, displays around 8,000 objects and has a wide range of collections, including natural history, arms and armour and art.

Entry: free. Open: Monday-Thursday & Saturday, 10am-5pm and Friday & Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship, River Clyde

The Riverside Museum, which replaced the museum of transport, features over 3,000 objects, including trains, trams and a reconstructed Glasgow street. The museum is also home to the Tall Ship Glenlee, a Clyde built ship which has been lovingly restored.

Entry: free. Open: Monday-Thursday & Saturday, 10am-5pm and Friday & Sunday, 11am-5pm.

The Botanic Gardens, Glasgow West End

In the heart of Glasgow's West End, the Botanic Gardens is a haven for walkers, families, students and tourists. The gardens feature several glass houses, including the Kibble Palace, which contains a wide variety of plants and cacti and a fish pond.

Entry: free

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow South Side

House for an Art Lover is based on a design produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife in 1901.  The building includes a shop, tea room, walled garden and mackintosh exhibition. It is also the venue for art classes and summer sessions for youngsters.

Open: Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Glasgow Science Centre, River Clyde

The centre includes the science mall, which houses over 250 interactive science experiments, and an IMAX cinema as well as a shop and a cafe.

Entry to the Science Mall or IMAX: £9.95 for adults and £7.95 for children/concessions. Open: Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Mugdock Country Park, Stirling

The park, which is around 30 minutes outside Glasgow, boasts an adventure playground, childrens' play park, visitors centre, cafe, restaurant and garden centre. It is also home to the remains of 14th century Mugdock Castle, a World War II gun site and Craigend Castle, a gothic mansion.

Entry: free

The Willow Tearooms, Glasgow City Centre

The Willow Tearooms was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and opened for business in 1903. Serving afternoon tea, cakes and other tasty treats, the tearoom is a popular destinations for visitors and families.

Open: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday & bank holidays, 11am-5pm.

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow West End

The Hunterian is the Scotland's oldest museum. Its collection includes scientific instruments used by James Watt and Lord Kelvin, Roman artefacts, anatomical collections, art, objects from Captain Cook's voyages and work by James McNeill Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Entry: free. Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm.

The Titan Crane, Clydebank

Boasting panoramic views of Glasgow and its surrounding areas and an informative museum about Glasgow shipbuilding, the 150ft Titan crane is proving to be a popular tourist destination. Built in 1907, the crane was given a makeover in 2007.

Entry: £4.95 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and £13.50 for a family ticket. Open: Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm in July and August.

Victoria Park and Fossil Grove, Jordanhill

Boasting a play park, lovely walks and Fossil Grove, Victoria Park is a great place to visit in Glasgow. Fossil Grove houses fossilised tree stumps which were discovered by accident at the park in 1887. A building has been created around the fossils to preserve them and the attraction is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Entry: free

Loch Lomond

Around 30 minutes outside Glasgow, Loch Lomond is part of Loch Lomond and the Trossach National Park. The loch contains many islands, including Inchmurrin. Activities include Loch Lomond's Sealife centre, trips on the Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer built in Britain, a variety of watersports, hiking, hill walking and shopping at Loch Lomond Shores. It is the perfect destination for families, walkers and watersport lovers.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow City Centre

Located in the heart of Glasgow, the gallery displays works that highlight the interests, influences and working methods artists around the world share with those from Glasgow. It regularly changes it displays and also offers a cafe, an extensive collection of art and design books, a shop and workshops and family activities through its public programme.

Entry: free. Open: Monday & Saturday, 10am-5pm, Thursday, 10am-8pm and Friday & Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow West End

Sitting on the banks of the River Kelvin, Kelvingrove is a classic example of a Victorian park. It includes a skatepark, childrens' playground and a duck pond as well as scenic walking and cycling routes along the River Kelvin.

Entry: free

The Ayrshire Coast

Boasting sandy beaches and scenic coastline, the Ayrshire coast is a popular visitor attraction. Around 45 minutes outside Glasgow, it's a great place for families and walkers.

Entry: free

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1902 and 1906, the school has now been turned into a museum which tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th to 20th century. The museum is a must-see for Mackintosh fans and offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland's past.

Entry: free. Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10am-5pm and Friday & Sunday, 11am-5pm.

The Necropolis, near Glasgow Cathedral

Containing one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, the Necropolis has been described as a unique representation of Victorian Glasgow. The cemetery contains the remains of nearly every eminent Victorian Glaswegian as well as monuments designs by architects, including Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Bryce Hamilton and Charlies Rennie Mackintosh.

Entry: free

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow South Side

Formerly part of the Old Pollok Estate, Pollok Country Park is the largest park in Glasgow. It is located in Glasgow's South side and is home to the world famous Burrell collection.

Entry: free

Glasgow's West End

A haven for tourists, shoppers, foodies and culture lovers alike, Glasgow's West End is home to an array of unusual shops, popular pubs, restaurants and eateries, the Botanic Gardens and Oran Mor. It is definitely a don't miss attractions for any tourists in Glasgow.

The Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park

Telling the story of Scotland's football heritage, the museum features 14 galleries that take you through the development of the Scottish game from the 19th century to the present day. Visitors will also get the chance to see exciting objects, including the Scottish Cup.

Entry: £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and under 16s and free for under fives. Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm.

The Waverley, River Clyde

The Waverley is the world's last passenger carrying paddle steamer. Sailing from Glasgow, the steamer visits a variety of destinations, including Greenock, Largs, Ayr and Helensburgh. A great day out for anyone visiting the city.

Entry: £19 for adults and £9.50 for children. Trips run throughout the summer months. Booking is advised.

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