Things to Do in Glasgow: Hidden Gems

Looking for hidden gems in Glasgow, things that stand out from the normal with a hint of unique and original? Well, walk this way because we’ve come up with some of our favourite hidden gems for you to explore in your own time. They really do prove that Glasgow is quite possibly one of the most exciting cities to visit.

The Empire & Mitre Bar neon signs, down Tontine Lane

This really is a hidden gem, and you’ll find it on Tontine Lane. The signs glow in the darkness of the street and give a nod to the past while fitting nicely in the present. The first sign for The Empire was designed by Douglas Gordon, the Turner Prize winning homie from Glasgow. It lends a vintage look to the building, and not far from that is the Mitre Bar with its own impressive neon sign. It offers nothing in the way of food or drink as it used to, but its sign is still worthy of admiration.

The Unmarked Grave

On Ingram Street sits the Ramshorn Churchyard and within it an unmarked grave. This the grave of Pierre Emile L’Angelier an apprentice nurseryman who had an affair with Madeleine Smith, he went on trial for her murder, arsenic poisoning being his modus operandi. It’s rumoured that after he threatened to expose the affair he then killed her in this gruesome fashion.

The Viking Stones

You’ll find 5 stone blocks at the Govan Old Parish Church and these are known as “Hogback stones” and are believed to be the original depiction of Viking houses for the dead. As you can imagine they date back way back to the 900s and it’s believed they were in the graveyard of this very church for nigh on 1000 years before being discovered. Today they are believed to be a prime example of medieval sculptures. They’re definitely worth seeing so add this to your list of gems.

The Peaceful Zen Garden. St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art

This is purpose built Zen Garden and is the first of its kind in the UK. You can sit outside whenever you like and visit the café for a drink. If you’re looking to get away, then this is the place to go for some relaxation and appreciation of nature and quiet contemplation.

The ‘Moving’ Statue

The equestrian statute of King William III is among the most unusual of statues, in that the tail of the horse he sits on, moves in the wind. If you’re wondering how this is achieved it’s because it’s attached with a ball and socket joint. It was once to be found at Trongate but has since been moved to Cathedral Square near Glasgow Cathedral.

Escape Games Glasgow

After all that searching, looking, taking photos and then discussing your hidden gem finds, you’ll want to relax and unwind afterwards. Once you’ve finished your explorations why not visit us here at Escape Glasgow where you can try one of our games. You’re locked in a themed room of your choice, so how about 221 Baker Street, where you can become Sherlock Holmes for an hour discovering some hidden puzzles and clues. Take in your Watson, and other trusted members of your team and see if you can work out the clues and escape within the hour. Book your room today and find out whether you’ve got what it takes.