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This once busy industrial city has been transformed into a vibrant, exciting and sophisticated metropolis, of noble spirit, handsome buildings and invincible spirit. A cosmopolitan city that will surprise and delight visitors with its stylish yet laid-back, fashionable yet friendly, forward-thinking yet down-to-earth charm. Explore the unique and distinct neighbourhoods of Glasgow each with their own personality, vibe and hidden gems.
Glasgow is the largest retail centre outside London’s West End so head for Buchanan Street, the main pedestrianised thoroughfare that along with Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street, Ingram St and Royal Exchange Square make up what’s known locally as the Style Mile – one square mile of fantastic shopping!
The city centre has a roll-call of iconic theatre venues including Theatre Royal, The King’s, Scottish Youth Theatre and Tron Theatre offering a mix of award-winning west end productions, pioneering music and dance, family shows and independent theatre.
For live gigs head to King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, considered one of the best small venues in the world and famed for being the place where Oasis were discovered. If the music scene is what draws you into Glasgow then why not take part in the Glasgow music city tours. From the Royal Concert Hall to King Tut’s, via the Conservatoire, the Music Mile tour is a whistle-stop guide around Glasgow city centre, an area teeming with music venues past and present.
Where else but the North of Glasgow can you go from thriving town to green space and the countryside in a matter of footsteps?
Enjoy the beauty of the countryside in the middle of the city as you take a journey through north Glasgow along its iconic and historic waterway, the Forth and Clyde Canal. The city’s canal, an unexpected delight in the middle of a bustling urban retreat, is the pride and joy of this neighborhood.
If its urban adventure you’re looking for then this is the neighborhood, you can do wakeboarding, whitewater rafting, river boarding, kayaking, canoeing and even river bugging all in the heart of the city!
If history and architecture are more your thing, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, is located in the North – one of the city’s hidden architectural gems and an absolute must-see. The only church designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer of the 20th century; this is a magnificent example of his work. Now an arts and heritage venue the building is a wonderful example of his simple yet inspiring design.
The East of Glasgow is said to be the historic heart of the city with plenty of attractions for everyone. Home to the city’s oldest buildings and some of the most exciting new developments in Glasgow, this neighborhood offers an easily accessible blend of creativity and heritage.
The East End is home to three large breweries each specialising in something different; Tennents, WEST brewery and Drygate.
The East End is a creative part of Glasgow, you’ll be able to spot a few pieces of street art along the way, including the huge depiction of St Mungo at the top end of High Street. Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music partly owes itself to the city’s most iconic venue; The Barrowlands. Adjacent to the Ballroom is the Barrowland Park where there is a pathway which features the names of artists who have played at there over the years.
When it comes to sporting events in the east, football fans will know all about the thunderous crowd at Celtic Park, home to Celtic Football Club. The nearby Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome were home to some fantastic sporting action during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Experience it for yourself and try a lap around the velodrome!
Football fans have plenty to look forward to in the South with both Rangers Football Club and Hampden Stadium, both offering stadium tours, to get a real feel of the grounds. If you are touring Scotland’s national stadium, don’t miss The Hampden Experience with its great museum full of historic football memorabilia of past games.
The South is known for being a leafy area with lots of parks and gardens to relax in. The biggest of these parks being Pollok Country Park. There’s so much to explore here that you might want to set a few hours aside just to explore this beautiful green space.
Glasgow’s reputation as a city for amazing live music also extends to the South, with the O2 Academy regularly hosting international acts in a superb venue and Bellahouston Park attracting big names for the Summer Sessions gig series.
Coming to the city with the kids? There’s also plenty of family-friendly attractions in the South to keep everyone entertained. Check out the Glasgow Science Centre, one of the city’s top attractions with floors of interactive displays that are fun and educational at the same time. You might also want to experience the Planetarium while you’re there too- a state of the art full dome projection system and shows to allow you to experience the solar system.
With amazing historic attractions, leafy surroundings, award-winning food and drink and a friendly character, the West End is a must see area of Glasgow.
The west end combines Food and drink with history and architecture. The Oran Mor, is a restored church (the former Kelvinside Parish Church) which is now home to two bars, a restaurant, a nightclub, and the brilliant A Play, A Pie, and A Pint, the UK’s most successful lunchtime theatre.
Partick is one of the UK’s hippest neighborhoods, with a wide selection of eateries. Try the delicious pan-asian fare at Nam Tuk Tram Stop, enjoy an authentic Mexican meal at Bibi’s Cantina, or maybe the newcomers at Partick Duck Club will tempt you with a confident menu full of excellent Scottish produce. Afterwards, round off a visit to Partick with a trip to The Lismore, an old-school pub named after a small Hebridean Island known for its great atmosphere and traditional music.
The West End is the place to be if you are looking for a quirkier shopping experience. Head towards Byres road and the lanes for some bargain finds in the various charity and vintage shops dotted around the area. Whilst here, ice cream lovers will want to visit both Nardini’s and Crolla’s and try their award-winning gelato. Just a five minute walk away is Ruthven Lane and Dowanside Lane, home to some of Glasgow’s most unique shops. Peer into Relics and feast your eyes on all manner of bric-a-brac, or sift through the latest men’s fashion at W2, hand-picked by owner David Mullane.
Glasgow has a fantastic year-round plan of events with something for everyone. From annual festivals to theatre to food and drink there’s something happening every week.
To rival the Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow holds its own annual arts festival, Mayfest in July. In December Glasgow hosts the Glasgow Loves Christmas festival, with food stalls and traditional Christmas markets. For a full list of what’s going on in Glasgow see below.