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Glasgow city guide

Glasgow - Scotland's style capital

A sassy Scottish city with world-class shopping, arts, culture and architecture - it can only be Glasgow. Its history stretches back to the Stone Age, but this city is thoroughly modern and no stranger to a good time. It’s no wallflower either, so prepare yourself for the sights, sounds...

Eating & drinking

Glasgow is packed full of excellent restaurants to suit every budget, and if you want to sample the very best, head to The Ubiquitous Chip - a multi award-winning restaurant with a menu inspired by Scotland’s natural larder.

And of course, you can’t visit Glasgow without a tour of a local distillery. At the Glengoyne Distillery, the whisky is distilled slower than any other single malt Scotch whisky, giving it a subtle, complex flavour. True whisky lovers will love The Masterclass – the most in depth and comprehensive distillery tour in Scotland.

Top attractions

The trendy locals aren’t the only reason Glasgow is known as Scotland’s style capital. Even the buildings here are stylish, and they have Glasgow’s most famous son - architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh - to thank for that. A trip to the Glasgow School of Art for a glimpse of his famous Art Nouveau style is a must.

The city is also home to over 20 museums and art galleries, including the award-winning Burrell Collection, the huge Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the Riverside Museum, a radical space designed by Zaha Hadid for the city’s transport heritage.

Arts & culture

Wherever you are, you won’t be far from the arts and culture highlights that earned Glasgow the European City of Culture title. You’ll find Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work dotted all over the city, but architecture fans will also love The Lighthouse, Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture.

And if you’re looking for an unforgettable performance, you’re in luck. Glasgow is the home of both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet, so there really is no better place to indulge your inner culture vulture.

Music & nightlife

The music scene in Glasgow is red hot, and if you want to spot the next big thing, get in line at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It’s here that Oasis were famously spotted and signed in 1993, and the venue supported the likes of Radiohead, Florence & The Machine, and Biffy Clyro from the start of their careers.

But if bonding with the locals over a pint is more your scene, head to Glasgow’s upmarket West End, where you’ll find everything from traditional pubs to clubs and bars.

For families

It’s not just grown-ups who get to have all the fun in Glasgow, there’s plenty to keep the little ones happy too. If they’re into science, they’ll love the Glasgow Science Centre, home to hundreds of hands-on exhibits, interactive workshops, a Science Show Theatre and Scotland’s biggest IMAX cinema.

Sport

Football is an important part of Glasgow’s history. The first ever international football match was held here, and it’s home to Scotland’s largest football stadiums: Hampden Park, Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium. The Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park is a must-see for any football fan. Discover the story of Scottish football and explore the 2,500 plus exhibits that make up the most impressive collection of football memorabilia in the world.

Shopping

Shoppers beware: a shopping spree in Glasgow may lead to excess baggage on the return flight. Glasgow is second only to London as Britain’s most important shopping city, and the place to be if you want to shop till you drop is the Style Mile. There’s something to suit every budget here, from popular high street shops to fancy designer outlets and independent boutiques selling lesser-known labels.

Hidden Gems

Take in some local culture over lunch at the Oran Mor pub in Glasgow’s West End. A Play, a Pie and a Pint is a ground-breaking theatre programme showing lunchtime plays by some of the UK's best-known writers and new and exciting theatrical voices. As you may have guessed, you get a drink and a pie with your theatre ticket.

 


GlasgowFacts

Population
580,690
Region
Scotland
Closest airport
Glasgow International Airport
Football clubs
Celtic F.C, Rangers F.C
Famous locals
Charles R Mackintosh, Alex Ferguson
Local food
Haggis, Cranachan, Shortbread
Nearest towns / cities
Stirling, Edinburgh

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