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    Why we love Glasgow

    Pushing the boundaries of art and culture, tunes that rock the city, varied shopping and a heart that beats through its people, what’s not to love about Glasgow? Its Gothic and Victorian architecture, a landlocked lighthouse, and sleek silver lines of the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum resting on the River Clyde all make it easy on the eye. Culture vultures can seek out top art or a stuffed elephant at the bohemian Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

    Take a walking tour of its street art on the Glasgow Mural Trail or check out its plethora of vegan eateries. And loving all things sustainable – there’s 300km of bike paths, paddle boarding and a nightclub powered by the heat of its revellers to discover.

    Things to do in Glasgow

    As well as live concerts and spectacular Baroque architecture, Kelvingrove is home to 8,000 treasured exhibits too.

    Plan your visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Two men looking at installation of suspended head sculptures
    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    This free gallery is home to Glasgow’s modern and contemporary art collection, and also hosts craft workshops and curator talks too.

    Explore the GoMA
    The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland
    Gallery of Modern Art

    Calling all whisky lovers! This single malt distillery offers tours and tastings galore – including artisan chocolate pairings.

    Raise a glass at The Clydeside Distillery
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    The Clydeside Distillery

    With an ornate glasshouse at its heart, this is one of Scotland’s finest gardens, with a history dating back over 200 years.

    Go wild at ​​Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    Want to see the city’s best street art? Follow this walking trail, or use its interactive map to find your favourite murals.

    Be inspired by the Mural Trail
    Glasgow Mural Trail
    Mural Trail

    As well as live concerts and spectacular Baroque architecture, Kelvingrove is home to 8,000 treasured exhibits too.

    Plan your visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Two men looking at installation of suspended head sculptures
    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    This free gallery is home to Glasgow’s modern and contemporary art collection, and also hosts craft workshops and curator talks too.

    Explore the GoMA
    The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland
    Gallery of Modern Art

    Calling all whisky lovers! This single malt distillery offers tours and tastings galore – including artisan chocolate pairings.

    Raise a glass at The Clydeside Distillery
    visitscotland_47759113579
    The Clydeside Distillery

    With an ornate glasshouse at its heart, this is one of Scotland’s finest gardens, with a history dating back over 200 years.

    Go wild at ​​Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    Want to see the city’s best street art? Follow this walking trail, or use its interactive map to find your favourite murals.

    Be inspired by the Mural Trail
    Glasgow Mural Trail
    Mural Trail

    Places to stay in Glasgow

    City centre

    Packed with dining out options, shopping and nightlife, this culturally-rich neighbourhood provides a base for discovering street art, Merchant City and more.

    West End

    Home to top attractions and quirky lanes, a stay in this bohemian area provides a true taste of Glasgow.

    Southside

    From the city’s largest parks and outdoor spaces to chic cafes, explore the chilled side of Glasgow.

    Explore nearby

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    A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town

    An industrial hub with a vibrant, creative heart and a whole host of quirky adventures.

    Historical building, with a clock tower, beside a fountain

    World-class football and a music scene that brought Oasis to centre stage – there’s lots to love about Manchester.

    Group of friends walking by the canal in Castlefield

    Getting to Glasgow

    Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s second busiest international hub, and is just a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre. If you’re travelling from London, Avanti West Coast runs the quickest service, taking around four hours and 30 minutes. Edinburgh is just 50 minutes away, while the city also has connections to Birmingham and Manchester, among other hubs.

    Getting around

    Central Glasgow can easily be explored on foot, while an extensive subway and bus network provides connections to the suburbs and surrounding areas. A Roundabout ticket provides unlimited one-day travel on ScotRail and the Subway to more than 110 stations.

    By subway

    Trains run up to every four minutes at peak times, serving a circuit of 15 stations.

    By bus

    First Bus services extend throughout the city, providing a quick and convenient means of travel.

    By bike

    Glasgow is really easy to explore by bike using its 185 miles (300km) of cycleways. Pick up a rental bike from OVO and others.

    Want to know more?

    Check out Visit Scotland for top inside tips and travelling inspiration.