Things to Do this May Weekend in Glasgow

Nobody likes Mondays – so make sure you take full advantage of your May bank holiday weekend this year.

Glasgow Skyline

Glasgow is overflowing with things to do all year round, and workers who’re off on the 6th May have an extra day to enjoy its many charms. Both locals and tourists can revel in the energetic atmosphere of this long weekend, with Glasgow’s attractions set for another bumper year of visitor numbers.

Here are some of the best things you and your friends and family can enjoy in and around Glasgow this May weekend.

Learn About the National Passion

Football (or soccer, for our US readers) is much more than just a game in Scotland – and you can learn about the history of the sport at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this May.

This exhibition tells the history of the sport in Scotland and the influence the country had in spreading the game around the world. The museum has gathered together one of the richest collection of strips and memorabilia anywhere in the world, combining multimedia presentations with iconic items from footballing history. The displays also include personal contributions from Scottish legends such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law, with under-16s able to go for free.

Kelvingrove Museum

Engage with the Art of Glasgow

Glasgow has also become one of the UK’s most respected supporters of art in modern times, with the city full of both private and public galleries.

And the public is spoiled for choice this May weekend. The Gallery of Modern Art’s ‘Tales of the City’ will be in full swing by the bank holiday, with world class contemporary pieces set to be exhibited throughout the second gallery. ‘Red Road: Past, Present and Future’ at the People’s Palace gives an insight into the history of city’s most famous tower blocks, whilst the Riverside Museum will also be staging a collection of artwork from children’s toys and games.

Dance the Weekend Away

Glasgow is the beating heart of Scotland’s music scene, so make the most of its diverse cultural tapestry and attend a few shows.

Classical music fans can kick start their May weekend with a performance by the world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra of Beethoven’s wondrous seventh symphony. Meanwhile, Jazz fans can dance the night away in the university debating halls on Sunday night with one of Glasgow’s legendary Big Band nights.

Dance music lovers can revel in the Pressure Bank Holiday Special, staged by Glasgow’s very own Slam at The Arches, or round off their long weekend with the soothing tones of Mercury Prize winners Alt-J at the ABC on Monday night. Locals and visitors looking for a few laughs in between the music could also attend comedian Micky Flanagan’s show at the SECC on Saturday night.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Visit Scotland

Glasgow’s central position means that you don’t have to stay in one place the whole holidays – Scotland really is your oyster. Why not jump on one of the frequent trains to Edinburgh and take in the historic sights of the Castle and Royal Mile? Or take the short journey to Dundee to see the iconic RRS Discovery and Tay Bridge?

Closer to home, the Falkirk Wheel and sprawling Stirling Castle are great all year round visitor attractions for people of all ages.

What do you have planned for your May holiday?


Mikael Johansen is a freelance writer, working with many brands including online travel retailer,

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