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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.
Places to stay from $15 a night
1.2 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 $36 a night
1.8 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 $26 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||June-August|
|Cheapest time to visit||March-May|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.24|
|Average weekend price||$115 per night|
|Average weekday price||$102 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
It's a great place where I was born and I was so happy to share its "secrets" with some relatives of my husband's. It was a pleasure for me to show them as much as I could given the circumstances of the Coronavirus restrictions. The Willows Tea Room on Buchanan Street was the highlight of our first day and shopping nearby was the only chance we had on the trip as we attempted to get as much in as possible. The Lighthouse, Glasgow Cathedral, the Museum of Religion, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Necropolis, and with few people around, parking and walking from place to place was easy.
When planning our trip we heard some negative things about Glasgow. We decided to visit anyways because we enjoy the food and music that big cities seem to offer. We had a fantastic time in Glasgow! The bars and restaurants ( Brew Dog was great)were great fun. We found a jazz club which had excellent live music and good drinks. We ventured out to the West End one day and had a very nice time shopping and eating. Glasgow is a beautiful bustling city with beautiful people. We hope to return soon!
C2C was postponed so it was just a case of finding things to do as it was too late to cancel hotel after receiving postponement notice the night before. Coronovirus was ongoing as well so things were a bit quiet.
The locals were extremely friendly, and we appreciated. Their great help when it was required.we weren't greatly impressed with Glasgows weather, but like the locals we just grinned and didn't let it get us down!
It's super easy to follow the signs on where you need to go - travel friendly! Taxi's are easy to get a hold of. Everything is in walking distance if you've got the time. Never short of places to eat or shop. Plenty of places to visit should you choose. Go with an adventurous friend, or someone who likes exploring and trying new things and you will have the best time.
I love Glasgow it has great value hotels ,restuarants ,bars,amazing shops and very friendly people .The subway can take you very quickly to other areas of the city with lots of things to see and do.The tour of Glasgow is amazing and lets you see places you have only read about .I will be back very soon as my daughter is back working in the city so best excuse to visit more often and stay overnight in affordable hotel .I love Lauders for a nice dinner and The Blane Valley in Merchant city for lunch,both friendly places.
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