Things to do in Glasgow

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Our Favourite Things to do in Glasgow

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to an impressive range of cultural and architectural attractions and art collections. Famed for its wealth of shopping opportunities, friendly locals and active nightlife, Glasgow will also be host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This has ensured that the on-going buzz around the city continues to gather pace and may help reinvigorate the sporting life of its citizens.

A key feature of the city from a visitor’s viewpoint is its public transport network, particularly the Underground or ‘Clockwork Orange’, which makes dipping into so many of its attractions very straightforward.

things to do in glasgow

The city’s West End is not to be missed. With its vibrant village-feel, you will be spoilt for choice for cafes, restaurants and bars that are well worth the short metro journey from the City Centre. There are the magnificent Glasgow University buildings, Huntarian Museum and Art Gallery to marvel at, the world famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and surrounding Park to enjoy, and the Botanic Gardens to whisk you out of the urban into the world of nature.

The city’s Gallery of Modern Art in the city centre is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London. It offers a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. The Lighthouse, Scotland’s first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design is situated amidst the bustle of the City’s main shopping streets. The Lighthouse is the renamed conversion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1895 Glasgow Herald newspaper office. Pop into Glasgow’s Central Station and Hotel to remind you of the City’s vibrant industrial and cultural heritage. You can treat yourself to all these life-enriching spectacles, while still finding time to indulge in the heady delights of the city’s shopping emporia.

things to do in glasgow

things to do in glasgow

To the eastern side of the City Centre is the Merchant City. This is the place to discover some of the city’s best places to stay, eat, drink and party. As well as being a stone’s throw from George Square and The Italian Centre, it’s within walking distance of the River Clyde and Glasgow Green.

A little further east is Glasgow Cathedral and the neighbouring high ground of the Necropolis. The latter is accessible by foot from the Cathedral over James Hamilton’s ‘Bridge of Sighs’ built in 1833. The present cathedral was built during the 13th to 15th centuries and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete. For the modern day tourist it is still one of the very best things to do in Glasgow. At Provand’s Lordship you can step back into Glasgow’s past. The house was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas’s Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow, and is the only house to survive from the medieval city.

things to do in glasgow

To the south east of the City Centre is the People’s Palace set in the abundant greenery of Glasgow Green on the banks of the Clyde. The Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum and is well worthy of a visit to learn about how Glasgow people ‘tick’ as it tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present.

A little further afield south of the City is the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park with its world famous collection of over 9,000 works of art.

From our B&B, Glasgow can be reached by train from Alloa or Stirling in 50 and 45 minutes respectively, and is around 50 minutes by car using the motorway network. And to help you make the most of your foray into the City’s multitude of restaurants, shops and alternative entertainment, we’ll be delighted to recommend our own cream of the crop.

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