After a day full of exciting talks and learning opportunities, we decided to explore Glasgow a wee bit. And just about 20 minutes from the conference center we stumbled upon a real treasure: the marvelous University of Glasgow. It is on top of a hill which offers a great view on the whole city and overlooks a beautiful park and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (which is free in case you want to visit 🙂 ).
Glasgow University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and its Gothic architecture and tall towers make it feel as if you actually are on the Harry Potter film set (sadly, it wasn’t actually filmed there).
Besides being an impressive building, the University is the home of several interesting museums including Scotland’s oldest public museum – The Hunterian – which was founded in 1807. There are Roman artifacts, natural and life science holdings, Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection and objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages.
The beautiful architecture of the two sights, which are a dream for Harry Potter obsessed English students, the park filled with cute squirrels and (too) friendly pigeons, ice cream trucks and flowers makes the short hike there definitely worthwhile.