See full description for complete details, important notes and disclaimers on this half-day Glasgow highlights & Kelvingrove Gallery tour from Greenock, Scotland. No meal is served.
Greenock lies on the southern shore of the River Clyde, which has long been the lifeblood of the area where, for over 200 years, the famous Clyde-built ships began their voyages to the sea.
Your excursion route follows the line of the river, which is first pastoral, then travels into the center of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Glasgow's skyline is a kaleidoscope of architectural gems, encompassing the magnificent 12th century cathedral, the stunning Victorian cityscape and revolutionary Art Nouveau. Against this backdrop, the famed art galleries and museums of Glasgow have ensured that its cultural heritage stands alongside that of other major European cities.
On arrival into the center of the city you will see the major streets and squares as your Tour Guide conducts panoramic sightseeing pointing out the major attractions and principal buildings. These include George Square, Glasgow's oldest public square and heart of the city, named after George III. Laid out at the end of the 18th century, it probably has more statues than any other square in Scotland. We pass by Cathedral Square seeing Glasgow Cathedral, the best relic of the medieval city and one of the most ancient and historic sites in Glasgow. Started in 1136, it is the only cathedral in mainland Scotland to have survived the Reformation virtually intact.
We continue to Kelvingrove for a visit to the Art Gallery and Museum. It recently re-opened after a three year twenty-eight million pound restoration to return Kelvingrove's magnificent interior to its original splendor. The building itself is worthy of note, a large and imposing Victorian red sandstone construction, it is one of Glasgow's landmark buildings. The ever changing contemporary exhibitions compete for your attention with the dinosaurs, suites of armor, frightening weaponry and treasures from throughout the world. Kelvingrove also houses a superb collection of paintings by, among others, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. After an absence of several years, during which it was displayed elsewhere, Salvador Dali's world renowned painting Christ of St. John of the Cross, makes a welcome return to the Gallery.
Your Guide will lead you to the section specifically featuring Scotland. Many famous Scottish characters are included in this interesting part of Kelvingrove from Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots through to modern-day political figures. It incorporates costume, history, and arms and also some wonderful Scottish landscapes. You can however, if you prefer, independently explore the many other galleries and exhibits. Whether your interest is paintings, archaeology, anthropology, armaments, history or design you will be enthralled
Glasgow also has fine university buildings set on a hillside above the River Kelvin, a tributary of the Clyde. You can take photographs of the pinnacled Gothic buildings of this second oldest university in Scotland founded in 1451 during your visit to Kelvingrove Gallery.