Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde, and due to its prosperity in the 18th-20th Century, it is famous for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. On top of this, the city as also become Scotland’s capital for culture. The Scottish Opera, Royal Ballet and National Theatre are all based in Glasgow. As the largest city in Scotland it has a lot to offer and the people are known for their friendliness.
As the largest city in Scotland, Glaswegians are very reliant on the public transport system, especially bus and underground. The best point to start is The Travel Centre at St Enoch Square. If you are arrive into the airport, then there is a bus directly to Buchanen Square that leaves every ten minutes between 08:00 and 17:00.
One of the main attractions of Glasgow is the wonderful architecture and buzz as you walk around the city, but if you feel like stopping off at some famous sights, then here are a couple of recommendations:
Sir William Burrell and his wife gifted a collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow. They collected art from as early as their teenage years, and the museum houses important artifacts from medieval art to paintings by Degas.
The building is a fine example of the Victorian architecture for which Glasgow is famous. Inside you can gaze in wonder at a fabulously varied collection. You can see a Spitfire Plane, but also see a painting by Salvador Dali! However, the museum flows nicely from piece to piece, and the free-hour long tour is great (starts daily at 11am or 2:30pm)
Glasgow is great of an afternoon of shopping and bar hopping along the Left Bank but it also wonderful for live music. Here are a few places to keep an eye out for:
This is a concert venue that is renown across the UK for hosting new and upcoming bands, as well as having an amazing atmosphere and buzz. There serve their own lager and food from 12pm, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch an intimate performance by the next big act! (272a St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RL.)
This is arguably the best place to see Scottish cuisine at its very best. Unlike the name may suggest, Ubiquitous Chip serves much more than just the famous Chip. It champions local produce, but adds a certain French twist to its flavours. Just down a little alley, near the University, you’ll find this Glaswegian favourite, and make sure to check out the extensive wine list! (12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8SJ)
There are manny great places to stay in Glasgow, very very different budgets. Depending on whether you want to be in the centre of the nightlife or find a tranquil spot on a quiet street, there are many options available to you. Here are a couple of our suggestions:
This 300 year old building is packed full of character and within easy walking distance of Glasgow cathedral. The rooms are well-presented, with all the essential facilities, and the hotel also offers a restaurant, if you don’t feel like venturing out. However, the hotel is perfectly positioned for your to exxplore the city, and the famous Glaswegian nightlife. (52 Virginia Street, G1 1TY Glasgow)
This fabulous 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Glasgow and combines it grand architecture with the famous art deco design. The hotel has recently undergon refurbishment, so that wonderful old charm is combined with the newest facilities and rooms finisehd to the highest standards. The staff are on hand for any requests and are extremely helpful and friendly. (99 Gordon Street, G1 3SF Glasgow)