Glasgow at a glance
- Glasgow is home to more than 20 museums and art galleries, including the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum, a radical space designed by Zaha Hadid that reveals the history of transport in the city. Many of the city's major museums are free, while those looking to get out and discover Glasgow's incredible street art can take a tour of the Mural Trail with an expert local guide.
- The work of eminent architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh is dotted all over the city. You can dine in style and delve into the history of his work at Mackintosh at the Willow, which features a 200-seat restaurant, tea rooms and a visitor centre.
- A UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow’s gig scene is red hot. Choose from hundreds of music events in pubs and clubs or head straight to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, one of the city’s best-known music venues.
- Style Mile, the area between Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and the Merchant City is packed full of independent boutiques and vintage fashion venues, while Sloans Market and Merchant Square Craft Market are a must for shopaholics.
- The vibrant Finnieston area is the city's hippest new foodie quarter, with quirky bars, independent restaurants and a cool, laid-back vibe.
- Make sure you visit People Make Glasgow for a more detailed glimpse of city life.
- Just over one hour’s drive from Glasgow you’ll find Loch Lomond, a first hint of the Highlands and an area designated a National Park for its epic splendour.
- You can travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh in under an hour by road or by train. Frequent flights to Glasgow from London take one hour and 25 minutes.
Things to do in Glasgow
Where is Glasgow?
Located in west-central Scotland, Glasgow’s around a five-and-a-half-hour journey by train from London, or fifty minutes from Edinburgh. The city is also served by Glasgow Airport, which operates flights to and from destinations worldwide.
Getting around Glasgow
- Travelling between the centre of the city and the West End? Jump on the subway (underground), one of the quickest and easiest ways to travel
- With over 100 routes across the city, many of which stop at major landmarks, First Bus is one of the best ways to explore
- Despite being Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow is easy to explore by bike and on foot