UNESCO City of Music: Five harmonious things to do off the beaten track in Glasgow

Glasgow has an impressive 130 music events in a typical week, ranging from pop and rock to celtic and opera. Music businesses generate some £75 million a year for the city’s economy.  As well as gigs, there are a fantastic selection of musically inspired experiences to be had in the city.


Visit the Piping Centre

The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre holds three hundred years of piping heritage. Consisting of artefacts from the rich collections of National Museums of Scotland, this is the most authoritative display of its kind anywhere in the world.

Book a place on Glasgow City Music tour

Securing five-star reviews on Tripadvisor, this is a great way to delve into the city’s music scene and get the inside track on the legendary gigs that have taken place in the city’s many venues.


Check out Britannia Panoption

Tucked away on Trongate, this is the world’s oldest surviving music hall where Stan Laurel made his stage debut.  It has a fascinating history – visit and find out about more of the intriguing stories from its heyday.


Refuel at The 13th Note

Located on King Street, this Glasgow institution is great live music venue, as well as a vegetarian and vegan café with a scrumptious menu.

Browse the vinyl at Monorail

This cool hidden gem is an Aladdin’s cave for independent music lovers, and also hosts regular film nights, talks and special events.