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.
Hidden away behind the elegant medieval Glasgow Cathedral is the incredible Victorian necropolis. Taking in views over the city, it was the final and majestically quirky resting place of noble locals. Or take a stroll to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens where you can listen to live music and outdoor theatre shows throughout summer, and Pollok Country Park (just south of the city) boasts not only a stately Edwardian manor, but mountain bike trails and The Burrell Collection art gallery.
Scare yourself senseless
If you love a good ghost story, don’t miss the Glasgow Central Museum, an underground emporium dedicated to the city’s main railway station. From the 1963 Great Train Robbery, to grisly myths and A-list passengers, the railways of Glasgow Central are full of weird and wonderful history. Book a behind-the-scenes tour, which ventures deep into the station’s vaults and disused platforms, to uncover a side of Glasgow that few people – even locals – have ever explored.
Discover Glasgow’s sustainable dining
Whether you’re sipping cocktails at The Finnieston Bar, dining at Tiffney’s or Gamba for locally sourced foods, or tucking into Stereo’s 100 per cent vegan tapas, Glasgow has a raft of sustainable dining options. Check out The Dockyard Social for Scottish craft beers, fancy cocktails and street food stall, all accompanied by a party vibe inside a converted warehouse.
Things to do in Glasgow
Featured things to do
Head to Merchant City for a spot of outdoor drinking and eating in Candleriggs Square, with tipi tents and food vendors accompanied by vibrant street art.Learn more about Merchant City
Dance to the beat of Glasgow’s outdoor music festivals
Dance along at the three-day electronic Riverside Festival and check out Summer Nights at the Bandstand at Kelvingrove Park, with 13 nights of live music from established artists.Learn more about Riverside Festival
The Gin to my Tonic Festival
One of the largest gin festivals in the country, sample unlimited tastings and cocktail bars galore while learning from the experts during bags of masterclasses.Learn more about The Gin to my Tonic Festival
Festive Glaswegian cheer
Gather around the shores of Loch Lomond for a free Christmas festival and take in Glasgow’s festive markets before rounding the year of with Hogmanay.Learn more about Christmas in Glasgow
Places to stay in Glasgow
Packed with dining out options, shopping and nightlife, this culturally-rich neighbourhood provides a base for discovering street art, Merchant City and more.
Home to top attractions and quirky lanes, a stay in this bohemian area provides a true taste of Glasgow.
From the city’s largest parks and outdoor spaces to chic cafes, explore the chilled side of Glasgow.
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.
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.
Trains run up to every four minutes at peak times, serving a circuit of 15 stations.
First Bus services extend throughout the city, providing a quick and convenient means of travel.
Glasgow is really easy to explore by bike using its 185 miles (300km) of cycleways. Pick up a rental bike from OVO and others.
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