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 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 $28 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 $28 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||August-October|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.41|
|Average weekend price||$114 per night|
|Average weekday price||$104 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
If you are only staying for one night as it's for to see a show at the SECC HYDRO but don't want to take the car plus if you wish to have a meal and brink before the show this hotel is great for the location as taxi's to the Hydro or restaurants are cheap only from £5-£7 depending on where you pick to go for a meal, it's more convenient if you pick the LaRonda restaurant as you can eat drink and walk to the hydro then taxi back to hotel and make a day/night even do some shopping before you leave the NCP the allocated car park for hotel for 24 hrs parking £12 you leave the NCP car park before the 24 hrs are up so take note of time of arrival which should be 15.00 check in time at hotel to 12pm check out time as your car park is paid 24hrs so you have until 2.45pm to drive off. Enjoy your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Riverside Hotel it's very welcoming and cheap.
The front desk staff are welcoming.Relaxing atmosphere from the moment you walk in. easy check in.The room was comfortable and we were offered an upgrade from a king bed to two singles which suited me and my daughter better.so thanks to the front desk staff for offering this to us made our stay more comfortable. The room was comfortable and clean. although there were no robes and slippers in the room which we would have expected for a hotel of this standard. We get them in every hotel and unfortunately we did not bring slippers or robes with us which meant we had to dress in our clothes which we were going to wear into town that day down to the spa. We walked in our bare feet in changing room and around spa area. I did not feel comfortable with this. Towels lovely soft and clean. overall staff are of high standard in customer service.
We went to Glasgow specifically for the Macintosh experience. - We went to the Macintosh tea rooms in Buchanan Street as the Sauckiehall Street venue was closed for refurbishment. We had intended to go to the Burrell collection but were advised it had closed (early) for a four year refurbishment. We went to the Hunterson Museum at Glasgow University as well as other notable places. Chief of these was a visit to Hill House in Helensburgh which Macintosh built and completely furnished for Mr Blackie, a well-known Glasgow publisher. A superb house with excellent, knowledgeable guides. We also visited Glasgow Cathedral and St Mungo's House - again with excellent guides. One evening we ate in the restaurant at the Dakota Hotel - the food was extremely good. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel: instead we found a lovely little café/tea room - The Butterfly and Pig in Bath Street. Glasgow is very hilly - but with many very fine buildings so always something worth looking at.
Excellent business hotel, a little far out of centre but good secure parking is the bonus. very good ensuite rooms, bath in each is nice and the towels were exceptionally soft, rare for hotels to buy very good quality in this area. The TV was large flat screen and well positioned. Lots of power points which was good. Beds were queen sized and exceptionally comfy! rooms cool also , so many hotels are stuffy! public area fit out to a reasonable standard and very clean. choice of bar and resturant menus good. Also a very good restaurant next door if you fancy a change and walkable to. On the whole I have used 4 Glasgow Hotels in the last 3 months and this is by far the best at this price point.
Loved their pups- visited two; Malones an Irish pub with live music and Lone Wolf also with live music. Really friendly people and had a great time. Went for dinner at a place called Two fat ladies in the city- beautiful food and atmosphere. It's a must try
So much to see and what an impressive city it is. All museums and galleries are free which was an extra bonus. We only had two days but places of interest were very accessible with the hop on hop off bus service and we felt we managed to see a food cross section of the city.
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