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Romantic Things To Do In Glasgow

Glasgow is a wonderful city for a romantic break - there's lots to see and do - and you'll love the warm welcome the city is famous for.

Waverley Excursions
Waverley Excursions © Waverley Excursions

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, and boasts many beautiful Georgian buildings which tell the story of the city's past as a wealthy port city at the heart of the British Empire.

Yet modern Glasgow is also a vibrant and energetic city with modern shopping centres, lively nightlife and some of the friendliest people you'll meet anywhere.

Here are just a few great ideas for romantic things to do in Glasgow:

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse © The Lighthouse

It's impossible to visit Glasgow without coming across the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - world famous architect, designer and artist, and prominent member of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

And where better to start than by visiting The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane.

It was Charles Rennie Mackintosh's first public commission, and formerly home to the Glasgow Herald newspaper.

The Lighthouse is now a design and architecture centre, and is home to the permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, as well as temporary exhibitions and galleries with work from the Scottish art and design scene.

We recommend that you climb the spiral staircase together, and enjoy the superb views over the city from the Macintosh tower.


The Burrell Collection

You'll find the Burrell Collection in a purpose-built building at the heart of Pollock Country Park (in itself a great place for a romantic stroll).

Burrell Collection
Burrell Collection © Courtesy Glasgow Museums

Sir William Burrell's fine collection is thought to be one of the largest and most significant collections of historical objects ever assembled by one person. 

Highlights include outstanding works of art from the Renaissance period, a huge collection of Chinese art, many Dutch paintings, important Islamic art and one of the finest collections of work by Degas anywhere in the world.

Burrell Collection in Snow
Burrell Collection in Snow © Courtesy Glasgow Museums

The Burrell Collection really is a treasure trove, which you can enjoy together for hours.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Sticking with the artistic theme - the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's finest art collections and is one of Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum © Courtesy Glasgow Museums

Whether your loved one is into fine art, natural history, or arms and armour, they'll find something to enjoy at Kelvingrove.  They even have a real Spitfire!

As an added bonus, the 'A' listed Kelvingrove building itself boasts superb architecture - and you'll probably enjoy it almost as much as the superb collection it contains!


Kelvingrove Park

If it's a nice day, you might both prefer to stay outdoors and soak up the sunshine - in which case Kelvingrove is still the place to be:  Right on the museum's doorstep is Kelvingrove Park - a beautiful Victorian park on the banks of the River Kelvin.

There are 85 acres to explore together, highlights include The Stewart Memorial Fountain, the Granite Staircase near Park Gardens, and the beautiful riverside walks - which are a haven for wildlife.

Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art
Gallery of Modern Art © Courtesy Glasgow Museums

If your loved one's artistic taste is more contemporary, they'll be sure to enjoy the Gallery of Modern art - also known as GoMa - Scotland's most visited modern art gallery.

As well as a range of temporary exhibitions, the gallery offers Adult Art Afternoons every Sunday afternoon. The workshops include everything from tours to the chance to get hands-on and create your own artwork.


Botanical Gardens

Always a great place for a romantic walk at any time of year - Glasgow's Botanical Gardens have been delighting couples since 1817.

There are glasshouses where you can shelter from the weather and explore the exotic species.  The finest of these is the famous Kibble Palace, created by Victorian Entrepreneur John Kibble - it boasts a 150ft diameter dome and is large enough to accommodate 6,000 people!

Romantic Activities

Doon the Watter with Clyde Cruises

Clyde Cruises
Clyde Cruises © Clyde Cruises

A boat trip is always a romantic and memorable activity - so why not book a "Doon the Watter" cruise and get a unique perspective on Glasgow from the River Clyde?

Clyde Cruises
Clyde Cruises © Clyde Cruises

You'll have a chance to see Glasgow's industrial heritage, including two shipyards and more spectacular scenery.  The two and three quarter hour cruise includes a hot drink and some lovely home baking, and runs throughout the season - but must be booked a day in advance.


Waverley Paddle Steamer Excursions

If you're lucky enough to be in Glasgow between June and August, you could opt for an extra-special trip "Doon the Watter" on the Waverley - the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

Waverley Excursions
Waverley Excursions © Paul Russell

Step back in time to a more romantic age, when couples would enjoy excursions down the River Clyde in paddle steamers just like the Waverley.


Waverley Excursions
Waverley Excursions © Waverley Excursions


Glasgow has a huge range of shops and shopping centres - so whether you're looking for a romantic gift, or just enjoying some retail therapy together, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Princes Square Shopping
Princes Square Shopping © Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

Highlights include the modern Buchanan Galleries with more than 90 top retail names, the St Enoch Centre with its excellent Food Court, and Princes Square with its great choice of cafes and restaurants on its courtyard and terrace levels.

Ingram Street Shopping
Ingram Street Shopping © Glasgow City Marketing Bureau


Frasers in the Style Mile
Frasers in the Style Mile © Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

Mackintosh Trail

If you both admire the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, then you're sure to enjoy exploring the Mackintosh Trail.

One ticket will give you a day's unlimited travel on the subway, and entry to 9 Mackintosh-related attractions around the City.



Pride Glasgow

Summer sees Pride Glasgow return to the city - Scotland's largest LGBT festival includes the famous parade, as well as a fantastic programme of bands, a fairground and even a dog show.


Glasgow International Jazz Festival

In late June, Glasgow is alive to the sound of Jazz, as the Glasgow International Jazz festival sees the city play host to hundreds of artists playing all styles of jazz music in 30 venues across the city.


A Night at the Theatre

Everyone loves a night out at the theatre - and in Glasgow you're spoiled for choice with some of Scotland's finest venues, and a wide range of high quality shows to enjoy:

Theatre Royal Glasgow

The Theatre Royal is Glasgow's oldest theatre, dating from 1867. 

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Theatre Royal Glasgow © Luigi Pasquale

It's now home to Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, and also features contemporary music, comedy and popular west-end shows, so there's a wide choice of productions for you both to choose from.


Theatre Royal Glasgow
Theatre Royal Glasgow © Luigi Pasquale

Pavilion Theatre

Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre is another venue with a great variety of entertainment on offer.

Pavilion Theatre
Pavilion Theatre © Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

In fact, variety is one of the Pavilion's specialities, and along with a packed schedule of comedy and music (often including some excellent tribute acts), there's a good chance of finding something you'll both enjoy.


Tron Theatre

Tron Theatre
Tron Theatre © John Johnston

Tron Theatre
Tron Theatre

The Tron Theatre is situated in the 16th century Tron Kirk, right in the centre of Glasgow. It specialises in new and cotemporary classic theatre, so if your loved one is into this type of theatre they are in for a treat!

Home to the Tron Theatre Company (which stages its own productions), the Tron Theatre also hosts other leading companies in its three performance spaces, so there's a good variety of plays to choose from when you visit.

It's also home to the Tron Theatre Bar & Kitchen which is a great place to eat at any time of day, whether you're going to a show or not.


Tron Theatre
Tron Theatre Bar and Kitchen © John Johnston

Tron Theatre
Tron Theatre © John Johnston

Eating Out

Finding interesting and unique places to eat adds something special to a romantic break, and Glasgow doesn't disappoint, with a wide range of quality cafes and restaurants to choose from.  Here are a few ideas:

Café Gandolfi

Located in the Merchant City area, Cafe Gandolfi specialises in using locally sourced produce to make a range of dishes with a distinctly Scottish flavour.

Cafe Gandolfi
Cafe Gandolfi © Cafe Gandolfi

Gandolfi Fish uses fish from Scottish waters to create mouthwatering dishes like Grilled Skye Langoustines, Isle of Mull Scallops and Summer Isles peat Smoked Salmon.


Cafe Gandolfi
Cafe Gandolfi © Cafe Gandolfi

Delizique and Cafezique

Don't be put off by the distressed external decor - Delizique and Cafezique offer excellent food in the West End of Glasgow.

Delizique © Delizique

Cafezique boasts Glasgow's best breakfast from 9am, and a very tempting range of snacks including coffee, cake and scones throughout the day, and a dinner menu too.  You can even enjoy your meal outside (weather permitting).

Delizique © Delizique

In addition, Delizique offers some mouthwatering pizzas, meat boards and artisan bread.


Rogano Oyster Bar

With its stylish 1930's Art Deco style, Rogano is surely one of Glasgow's most romantic places to eat.

Rogano Seafood
Rogano Seafood © Rogano

Claiming to be the oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow, Rogano certainly seems to belong to a more elegant time.

Rogano © Rogano

For that extra romantic touch, why not try the oysters at Rogano's renowned Oyster Bar?


Rogano © Rogano

Arta - Romeo and Juliet Balcony
Arta - Romeo and Juliet Balcony

Arta Restaurant

Located on Albion Street in the trendy Merchant City, Arta is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant that specialises in tapas and Mediterranean cuisine. A holiday in the sun without leaving Glasgow!

Arta has a uniquely romantic offering for couples: their Romeo and Juliet table, overlooking the central courtyard, which is perfect for an intimate meal together.

They even have a special Couples Deal to go with it - including breads and olives, a selection of six tapas and a bottle of house wine.


Romantic Places to Stay

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

The ultimate romantic place to stay must be a fairytale castle.  If you stay at the Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, with its Baronial features of a tower and pointed turrets - that dream can come true.

Sherbrooke Castle
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel © Sherbrooke Castle

You could even push the boat out and book the Tower Suite - situated in the large tower and featuring a separate lounge area, or the Four Poster Bedroom, for that extra touch of romance.


Sherbrooke Castle
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel © Sherbrooke Castle

15 Glasgow

15 Glasgow is a Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Woodside Place, and offers luxury accommodation in an A-listed Victorian townhouse in the heart of the West End.

There are five guest suites, featuring the kind of details that help to make your stay feel special, including monsoon showers original fireplaces and cornicing.

There's also a lovely peaceful garden to enjoy together.

Buchanan Street
Buchanan Street

Princes Square Shopping
Princes Square Shopping

There are so many romantic things to do in Glasgow - an enormous range of culture and entertainment, beautiful parks, excellent food and brilliant places to stay - that you'll be spoiled for choice.

Have fun on your romantic trip to Glasgow!

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16 Best Fun Things to do in Glasgow

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