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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1.3 miles from downtown
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 $25 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
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 $25 a night
1.5 miles from downtown
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.
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Glasgow—named European Capital of Culture of 1990—combines beautiful architecture with a thriving arts scene. Visitors will never run out of fun things to do, from exploring the Georgian buildings of George Square to going on a shopping spree down the "Style Mile."
Scotland’s largest city is also home to several famous museums. Find inspiration 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 Dutch masterpieces. Meanwhile, the award-winning Riverside Museum showcases the city’s transportation and shipbuilding heritage.
Stylish cafes and cozy restaurants line Glasgow’s renovated riverfront, while its architectural legacy is preserved in the Victorian designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The innovator's work can be found throughout the city, from the central Lighthouse to the Hunterian Art Gallery, which recreates the famous architect’s home in striking detail.
Nowadays the city’s main creative outlet is music. Catch a gig at any one of the countless spots, 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 natural landscape. Loch Lomond on the lowlands border is about a 30-min drive away, leaving you right at the edge of the lush, vast Highlands.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.25|
|Average weekend price||$124 per night|
|Average weekday price||$109 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Glasgow is a very pretty city. It's a ton of walking up and down the drumlins so you better wear good shoes! Definitely hop on a city tour bus and see more than you could by walking! I opted for a live commentary tour and it was definitely worth it! The tour-guide told good facts and funny notions and I learned a lot and had fun as we drove along!
We walked to Kelvin Grove where we had lunch, listened to an organist playing lovely music and viewed all the exhibits in the Gallery. Another day we caught a train to Balloch and cruised Loch Lomond. A lovely city... with lots of history to explore such as Mackintosh's Willow Tea Rooms.
Lots to do and see, especially for the Pub and Whiskey lovers. For those who like nightlife, everything felt close, safe, and easy to get to. There was not the local artist selection we hoped for, but everyone must go to The Pot Still for a Whiskey and a Pie; absolutely EPIC!
Revisiting my place of birth was a very pleasing trip down memory lane. Places were fun to visit again but the real pleasure was in dealing with the people. From bus and taxi drivers to store clerks , restaurant and service workers all made me proud of my scots heritage. Go Glasgow keep moving on.
I based myself in Glasgow so that I could do day tours throughout Scotland. For that reason, Glasgow was very convenient. Glasgow’s bus and train stations make it easy to get to Scotland’s larger cities. If you don’t want to rent a car, Glasgow has lots of good tour operators that can take you throughout Scotland at a fair price. If restaurants and shopping are part of your travel plans, you’ll like Glasgow. The people are very friendly and there are lots of pubs.
Friendly people keen to help and also chat. Plenty of affordable places to choose from for food eg whetherspoons, cafe Sono. We found a cheap bar Tobey Jug on hope Street with turborg at 1.99 a pint and a good selection of shots most under 3 pounds and jug of cocktail 10 pounds. There are lots of places for night entertainment but these venues can be slightly more pricey for drinks and food. Plenty of shopping venues all within walking distance. We will definitely be back soon
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