Raining in Glasgow? Here's what you should do
Updated: Mar 3
We're excited to be back to the blog and we'll be giving you some regular updates about us and all things Glasgow. We had a great summer season taking visitors around the city so thanks to everyone who visited us on one of our tours.
Today we're talking about Glasgow in the rain. With one of our many accolades being that we have an average of 201 days of rain a year, it's pretty likely that you'll find yourself caught in the rain in Glasgow! As annoying as it might be for someone visiting the city, the city is extremely endearing in the rain, and there's still so much to do. Here's our guide:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Visiting this museum is a given when visiting Glasgow, and what better excuse to visit than when it's raining!? If it's raining, have a lie in and then head to this museum for some morning fun. There's so much to see inside; the sections about Charles Rennie MacKintosh and the Glasgow Boys are our favourite exhibitions. If you're bringing along kids too, don't worry as there are a lot of great things for them to see too (including a Spitfire!)
Lunch at Mother India
Glasgow is known for it's wide array of cuisines and restaurants, particularly Indian cuisine. Nothing can beat Mother India for Indian cuisine, and it's right across the road from the Kelvingrove! Stop by and have a heartwarming lunch to cheer you up on a rainy and miserable day (we'd recommend the Chicken Tikka Massala, a curry created in Glasgow and a staple in British-Indian food).
Fancy some shopping? Read this. If not, skip this paragraph!
Shopping at Buchanan Galleries and Buchanan Street
Voted the second best shopping street in the UK (after London's Oxford Street), Buchanan Street has something for absolutely everyone. Whether you're looking for a cheap buy or something very luxurious, you'll find it on Buchanan Street. If it's raining really badly, head into the Buchanan Galleries at the top of the street for even more goodies.
Afternoon tea & The Lighthouse
If you're not up for shopping, and fancy something a bit more history-based, we'd suggest a visit to The Lighthouse. Situated very centrally, just off Buchanan Street, you'll learn even more about Charles Rennie MacKintosh and see some great exhibitions (they change regularly). After The Lighthouse, stop off at The Willow Tea Rooms for a perfect afternoon tea.
Rest up then hit the town!
After resting your feet, head out to the town. Glasgow has an innumerable amount of incredible bars so it's hard to choose only a couple to put here! However, if it we had to pick a couple of extra-cosy pubs on a rainy day, our picks are:
- West End area: The Curlers Rest. Situated right next to Hillhead Subway Station, this cosy little pub is accessible from a lot of Glasgow. It's very cosy, and it's clientele is a mix of students and locals so it's a great place to people watch!
- City Centre area: The Drum & Monkey. One of Glasgow's more popular and central bars, the Drum & Monkey is a great choice for a lively atmosphere in a central historical building.
Grab a taxi home
You can either take a famous black cab from the streets, or take an Uber, back to your hotel/Airbnb/hostel or wherever. Or, you could head out into the night and experience crazy Glasgow nightlife!
However, rest assured, our tours run rain or shine if you'd like to join one of our tours. Our guides are used to the pouring rain so if you join one of our tours on a rainy day, make sure to bring an umbrella!
Enjoy Glasgow in the rain!
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