If you’ve never been to Glasgow before then let me warn you before your visit…it rains a lot! The west of Scotland is pretty much the wettest part of the country and Glasgow has around 200 days of rain per year. That’s more days with rain than without!

Even with the rain, Glasgow is still one of my favourite cities in the world. It’s the city I’ve grown up right next to and I love living just 10 minutes from the bright lights of Scotland’s largest city.

So, you might need some tips on things to do in Glasgow when the weather isn’t being kind. Here are some ideas of indoor things to do in Glasgow when it rains…

Shop until you drop

There is some fantastic shopping to be done in Glasgow. Around the city you’ll find independent stores, all the high street favourites and some fantastic jewellers too. Whatever you’re looking for you’re bound to find it somewhere in the city.

The best shopping spots can be found in Buchanan Galleries, the shops which line Buchanan Street, the St Enoch’s centre and the independent, quirky boutiques of the west end.

Read more about where to shop in Glasgow

Street food

Since it rains so much in Glasgow, our street food markets are mostly all indoors. If they weren’t they’d end up getting cancelled due to the weather more often than not!

Big Feed is usually on the last weekend of every month and any bank holiday weekend. It’s housed within an old warehouse and comes alive with food trucks, live music, drinks and plenty of yummy things to eat. It’s the perfect place to pass a few hours on a rainy day.

Read more about the Big Feed
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Other street food events in Glasgow include The Dockyard Social, located just outside the Finnieston area. Here you’ll find 11 ethically-sourced food vendors whipping up some amazing flavours. There are also several bars selling craft beers, wines and fun cocktails.

Museums 

I’m a firm believer that Glasgow has some of the best museums in Scotland. The majority of the museums in and around the city are free too which is even better!

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of my favourites and is the most visited musuem outside of London. There are over 9,000 exhibits contained within a gorgeous building and it’s perfect for both adults and children.

Other great museums include The People’s Palace (a personal favourite), Riverside Museum, Scotland Street School and more. There’s plenty of musuems that’ll suit all ages and all interests.

Read more about the best museums in Glasgow

Science centre

Glasgow’s Science Centre is a great option, especially with children. There are loads of hands on exhibits and plenty of things to keep everyone entertained and interested. Lots of the exhibits are interactive and educational, as well as being really fun. Perfect! 

If you’ve got a head for heights and want some great views over the city you can also head up Glasgow Tower. It’s situated right next to the Science Centre and gives 360 degree views over Glasgow.
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Live music 

If it’s a dreich (Scottish word for miserable!) night in Glasgow, why not escape the rain by going to see some live music? Glasgow has been named as a UNESCO City of Music partly thanks to the sheer amount of live music to be found across the city on a weekly basis.

There are famous music venues and plenty of pubs and bars with regular live music sessions. Every music genre is covered, from indie rock to jazz, and you can quickly and easily find out what’s on where and when by searching online.

Visit an escape room 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m sure you’ll have heard about escape rooms being a big thing right now. Escape rooms are basically where you and a bunch of friends or family are locked in a room with a number of puzzles to solve in a limited amount of time in order to escape. Puzzles can be mathmatical, scientific, riddles and more.

There are a few different escape rooms located within Glasgow, each a little bit different. They’re super fun and really get the mind working.

Do you have any other indoor things to do in Glasgow when it rains to add to my list?