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Guided City Sightseeing Boat Trip
Departing from Pacific Quay, this sightseeing boat trip takes place in a 500-horsepower inflatable boat. You’ll travel swiftly up the River Clyde to the City of Glasgow College, before cruising back down to the Govan Shipyards. Along the way, your guide will share insight into the city's history, infrastructure, economy and culture.
Erskine Bridge Blast
A chance to see Glasgow by boat, this two-hour tour is a great way to see the best sights the city has to offer. You’ll sail into the city centre and over to the Erskine Bridge, where you’ll have incredible views of the estuary. Along the way, you’ll learn about Glasgow’s history, infrastructure, economy and culture.
Rhu Run Boat Trip
This four-hour boat trip takes you along the river Clyde, from the heart of Glasgow to the conservation village of Rhu. Upon arrival, you’ll be offered an exclusive 10% discount lunch voucher for use at Café Rhu – and there’ll be time to stop at the Rhu Inn before your return trip.
Evening Power Boat Tour
This one-hour evening boat tour down the River Clyde shows you Glasgow from a different perspective and with the added thrill of a power boat. A complimentary beer or glass of wine is included.
The Coffee and Doughnut Run
Leaving from Glasgow’s Pacific Quay, you’ll take a one-hour speedboat trip over to Clyde – home to the UK’s biggest doughnut shop, Krispy Kreme. Here, you can take advantage of an exclusive discount on a full range of products and enjoy a coffee and doughnut break, before the boat takes you back to the Quay.
Merchant City Music Walking Tour
During this walking tour, you get off the tourist trail and head to the East End to discover the city’s best musical hotspots. Highlights include the cherished Barrowland Ballroom and the Britannia Panopticon which is the oldest surviving music hall in Britain. At each stop, your passionate guide will tell you about the stars, gigs and audiences that have helped Glasgow achieve UNESCO City of Music status. You’ll also gain insight into the city’s visual arts community and its growing grassroots scene. The two-hour tour is led by music fans, writers or performers and covers a total distance of two kilometres.
Music Mile Walking Tour
Led by a passionate local guide, this walking tour of Glasgow’s Music Mile offers a glimpse into the city’s vibrant music scene. You’ll visit old and new venues including the Royal Concert Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the dearly missed Glasgow Apollo. You’ll also get to stop by King Tut’s, the live music bar where famous bands like Oasis were discovered. At each stop, your guide will tell you all about the artists and performances that have shaped Glasgow’s music industry and how the city has achieved UNESCO City of Music status. The tour is two hours long and covers a total distance of two kilometres.
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
This afternoon tea experience on the Red Bus Bistro offers a relaxing way to discover Glasgow’s best sites. Step on board and indulge in scones, smoked salmon on blinis, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, petit fours, Victoria sponge cakes and meringues. Food is complemented with a glass of prosecco and as much tea and coffee as you desire. During the drive, look out the window to see top landmarks like the Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Buchanan Galleries and the People’s Palace.
Glasgow’s City Centre Whisky Tour
On this whisky-themed tour of Glasgow you will learn all about the history of this industry, the city’s key role in its development and its cultural influence on the filmmaking and music industry in particular. You will also get an overview of whisky varieties from all over the world, including India, Japan, Australia and the United States. You will visit four of the finest local establishments, where you will not only get to discover and sample a wide selection of whiskies and spirits, but also learn how to pair them with food. A knowledgeable guide will share all the tricks to make the most out of your tasting experience, helping you to overcome some false myths and suggesting how to savour your drink and create the perfect whisky and food combination.
Glasgow’s West End Whisky Tour
On this walking tour of Glasgow you get to visit four of the best bars in the West End district and sample some fine whiskies. You will learn about the history of the venues and everything whisky-related - from how it used to be processed to how it is best tasted, including a few fun facts. While you crawl from bar to bar, you will also be able to enjoy the West End’s bohemian atmosphere, its cultural offer and interesting food scene.
Glasgow City Centre
In the city centre
The historic centre is a medley of architectural styles. Gaze upon the Italianate city hall on George Square, then head to Little Italy to chomp on top-notch pizza. Spot Doric columns and Palladian windows while bar-hopping in the Merchant City area. Then sip on a cuppa at the Art Nouveau Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Mackintosh himself.
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1.2 miles from city centre
Glasgow University lends this area a youthful, bohemian vibe. Fresh-faced whippersnappers wander its illustrious campus, and kooky art lovers browse Kelvingrove Park’s galleries. Stop off in a student bar on Ashton Lane – this quaint, cobbled street is the perfect place to debate the Glasgow School’s contribution to Art Nouveau into the wee hours.
Places to stay from £10 per night
1.9 miles from city centre
A green belt of possibilities. Among the gardens of Pollok Park lies a gallery with paintings by El Greco and Goya. Then there’s the Burrell Collection – it displays Chinese art in a quiet woodland setting. In Queen’s Park, go “quackers” for duck ponds and nature walks. Or, trace the history of Scottish “fitba” (football) at Hampden Park stadium.
Places to stay from £19 per night
1.5 miles from city centre
The East End’s gritty yet charming. Head to Barras Market for classic Glaswegian shopping. Its independent traders sell everything from antiques to kilts. Pop into the Blue Lagoon chip shop to taste a deep-fried Mars bar (at your own risk!). Wash it down with a pint among raucous Celtic FC fans – their green-and-white pubs line Gallowgate Street.
Places to stay from £30 per night
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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