Brimming with cosmopolitan and multicultural vibes, Glasgow is an eccentric city that prides itself on a multitude of iconic landmarks and historical haunts. From the sand stone peaks of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the teetering tomb stones of the east end’s famous Necropolis, this city knows no bounds when it comes to celebrating art, culture and heritage. But what about the offbeat happenings hidden in its lesser known nooks and crannies? If you’re game for a taste of Glasgow’s more unusual offerings, here are eleven weird things you didn’t know you could do in this wonderful city.
Keen to explore the tantalising burlesque scene in Glasgow? Look no further than Club Noir, the world’s biggest burlesque club. Hosted every three months at Glasgow’s O2 Academy, the event is not for the faint hearted, showcasing wild burlesque and cabaret acts, themed nights and DJs.
If you’re interested in exploring Glasgow’s past and the stories of its previous inhabitants, or you simply like the look of a good old grandfather clock, Relics is the place to be. Tucked away down Dowanside Lane, this gem offers antiques from the city spanning multiple centuries, with rare finds often going for only a few pennies.
Only a 10-minute walk from Crookston train station in Glasgow’s South Side, this castle is a hidden gem that’s often overlooked by locals and tourists, making its ancient quality and rich history more magical. Parts of the castle’s ruins date back to the 12th century, and it was rumoured that Mary Queen of Scots was betrothed there under a yew tree to her second husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. You can go inside and see the master’s chambers, the great hall, guest apartments and climb to the top of the castle for incredible views across the Pollock area.
Glasgow’s Govan Stones are part of a unique collection of early medieval stones, carved circa 9th-11th century. These powerful stones pay tribute to the ancient rules of the Kingdom of Strathclyde and they stand as one of the city’s most significant historical finds.
Having transformed an old Ibrox church into a climbing centre, Glasgow Climbing Centre provide unique ways to enjoy climbing adventures while in the heart of the city’s historical buildings. You can even abseil from the church spire. Yikes!
If you’re a bit of thrill seeker who’s game for raising money for charity, you can do just that by zip sliding across the Clyde! Why not do it this year by supporting Alzheimer Scotland and signing up for their next zip slide here.
Situated in Coatbridge, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life showcases the complexities of Glasgow’s Industrial past. Take an old fashioned tram around the site and marvel at the historical cottages (some dating back to the 1840s) and take a trip underground into the mines to glimpse what life was like for the hardiest industrial workers.
If creepy clown puppets aren’t your thing then maybe you should give The World Through Wooden Eyes a miss. But if not, this collection offers a fascinating view into the world of hand made puppets, masks and wood carving. You can even take workshops in puppet sculpture and nab tickets for rare performances of Pushkin Tales.
Join astronomy fans from every corner of the city and gather on a regular basis to take part in Stars Over the Botanics, run by the starry-eyed folks at Astronomical Society of Glasgow and Glasgow Uni.
Venture through the panoramic glass wall and discover how one of Glasgow’s best craft beer breweries cultivates its creations. Learn about the brewing process in the city’s historical brewing quarter and quench your thirst with a delicious expert tasting.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you can take to the water with a clyde cruise from the city centre to Braehead, and tour the city by boat. Jump aboard during summer time and see the city from a fresh perspective.
To get a glimpse of what Glasgow has to offer be sure to get involved with the Freshers Fringe, a collection of the best events, nights out and giveaways for all students. From club nights and drinks events to employment seminars, coffee roasting masterclasses, gigs and more it’s got something for everyone.