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A former European Capital of Culture, Glasgow combines beautiful architecture and a thriving arts scene. Visitors can rest assured that they’ll never run out of things to do, whether it’s exploring the Georgian buildings of George Square or embarking on a shopping spree along the ‘Style Mile’.

Scotland’s largest city is also home to some top-rated museums. Be inspired at the avant-garde Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde, or the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where you’ll find everything from dinosaur fossils to masterpieces by Dutch masters. Meanwhile, the award-winning Riverside Museum showcases the city’s transport and shipbuilding heritage with its huge collection.

Stylish cafés and cosy restaurants line Glasgow’s revamped riverfront, while its architectural legacy is preserved by the Victorian designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. You can find these dotted around the city, from the central Lighthouse to the Hunterian Art Gallery, which recreates the famous architect’s home in remarkable detail.

These days, the city’s primary creative outlet is music. Be sure to catch a gig at one of countless venues, from the world’s oldest surviving music hall to the venue that launched the career of Oasis.

Glasgow also makes a great base for exploring the surrounding landscapes. Loch Lomond, on the lowlands border, is around half an hour’s drive away, while the vast and verdant Highlands are right on the doorstep.


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Most popular time to visit June–August
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Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £96 per night
Average weekday price £92 per night
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We visited Hunterian Museum and Kelvin Grove Museum during...

16 July 2019

We visited Hunterian Museum and Kelvin Grove Museum during our stay. They are good place to visit. The underground and the local train service are good. Also, restaurants visited were Hanoi Bike Shop and Kimchi Cult. They are good and worth going to try. We did have afternoon tea at the Willows (Rennie Mackinosh theme) We did a 2 hours walk along Loch Lomond. It was a shot drive way and was great.

Sam Wong
Sam Wong United Kingdom

Nice city, enjoyed the hop on/hop off bus, loved being...

16 July 2019

Nice city, enjoyed the hop on/hop off bus, loved being able to walk through Kelvingrove Park which was at the end of the street. Great to be able to see where family members had lived before moving overseas.

Kay Australia

Glasgow is a curious mixture of really old and historic,...

16 July 2019

Glasgow is a curious mixture of really old and historic, beautiful buildings with much of the red sandstone being sourced at Locharbriggs Quarry near Dumfries. It has characteristic bands of black volcanic ash through the stone. Architecturally these buildings are pleasing on the eye. Unfortunately many of the traditional stone buildings have been demolished; curiously the planners have insisted in facade retention, some of which appear to have been there for decades. The Merchant City is a great place to relax in, as are the parks and the River walk. I can't say I'm a fan of the more modern buildings, which rarely fit in with what was an undoubtedly beautiful City. I believe Glasgow is underrated and deserves better recognition.

Anonymous United Kingdom

I was so impressed with Glasgow.

16 July 2019

I was so impressed with Glasgow. It was such a surprise. On two occasions I stayed near the city centre. (too short stays) George Square was magnificent. I loved the wonderful Victorian buildings which have been kept in place of Skyscrapers. I loved walking around it's amazing pedestrian streets and seeing all those upmarket shops and walked along the river Clyde. I had the impression that in recent years, there has been tremendous thought put into making this a liveable city with good public transport with focus on pedestrians. (probably the bane of those trying to negotiate the city centre in a car !!! with all its one way streets). Above all, I binged on Charles Rennie Macintosh. I enjoyed the excitement of the city being the Centre of Scottish architecture and design and visited The Lighthouse and a morning tour at Macintosh at the Willow. And then there was a real buzz at week-ends with all the pop-up bars. As a solo traveller, I was so well looked after by the staff at a bar/restaurant on St Vincent Street. (wish I could remember its name) And the food in Glasgow is good. I wish I had been able to stay longer and manage to get out to absorb more of the culture and history and attractions.

Anonymous Australia

It was a work visit.

16 July 2019

It was a work visit. However, we managed to get to the city centre and did manage to see some of the city. The HMV in the city centre was great, lovely collection. Loved the outdoor cocktail bars and restaurants and parks. We had a meal in Côte Brasserie , it was perfect! The Oxfam book store in the city centre had a lovely collection of books, could browse all day! The Riverside restaurant in Hilton Garden End was lovely with such an exquisite view of the Clyde River. The city was bustling with life. There was so much to see and we will do it the next time we visit Glasgo

sofi United Kingdom

Plenty to see and do including the surrounding area.

15 July 2019

Plenty to see and do including the surrounding area. Use the hop-on hop-off bus to see where you would like to go back to. The live commentaries are great. Botanic Gardens and Keeble Palace lovely.

Janet United Kingdom

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