Exploring the City of Glasgow
Voted the world’s friendliest city by Roughguides readers in 2016 and then again in 2017 by an independent survey carried out by consumer panel work.shop.play, it’s not difficult to see why visitors flock to Glasgow in their thousands each year. Even Glaswegians consider the friendly people one of the best things about the city! This is great peace of mind for anyone traveling or looking at taking a well-earned break in the city of Glasgow, whether you make it your base of travel or the sole destination for your holiday.
About the City
Glasgow is full of interesting sights and attractions and has a comprehensive, rich history with evidence of habitation from as early as the late-sixth century. Perfect for visitors who like to indulge themselves in fascinating culture and visit locations that saw all manners of people from Romans, Norse and Gaels set foot in the area.
Many of Glasgow’s attractions are considered world-class, having won numerous awards over the years, including the Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Not to mention the incredible and inspiring architecture that is hidden throughout the city and the beautiful street art found in between. It’s also a great place to sample the culinary delights with a huge number of popular restaurants and eateries to be found in the foodie quarter of Finnieston.
The city of Glasgow is built based on a grid system, making it very easy to get around either using public transport, on foot or using private taxis. By far, the easiest (and fastest) method of travel is the subway, which covers the center of the city and west end of Glasgow and completes the 15-station circuit in approximately 24 minutes. Of course, walking is completely free but can take a bit more time. Although, by using the Glasgow Walking app, not only can you easily make your way around the city, but you can discover some of the city’s most popular hidden locations on route.
Alternative options for getting around the city include public buses, sightseeing buses, and cycling. Rent a bike stands are available through the city and start from £1 for the first 30 minutes, perfect for someone that wants some more freedom while needing to get between places quickly.
Staying in Glasgow
There are over an incredible 400 hotels in Glasgow and the surrounding area so there is no shortage of places to stay depending on your available budget and intended accommodation dates. From hostels with shared dormitories starting from £10 per person per night and private double rooms for two people starting from £30 (based on accommodation checked for February 2019), your stay in Glasgow doesn’t need to be expensive.
If you prefer luxury over budget, you won’t be disappointed. With a wealth of prestigious and boutique Glasgow hotels available in the city center based in both new and awe-inspiring classic buildings and a collection of wonderful hotels just outside the city. Many 4 and 5 star hotels also provide a choice of luxury facilities including onsite Spas and some of the best golf courses in Scotland.
Must-Sees and Must-Dos
Before you head to Glasgow, do some research into the available attractions and experiences, as there are so many to choose from, we won’t be able to list them all here and the city is forever changing. With your research, put together a basic itinerary and keep it with you over your holiday. There are so many incredible things to do in and around the city, it’s easy to get distracted and find yourself out of time to see the things that attracted you in the first place. We’ve put together some of the top-rated experiences from visitors who came to Glasgow during 2018, while not everything will be of interest, we hope it offers some inspiration for your visit;
Glasgow Cathedral – One of the most popular examples of Gothic architecture in Scotland, the Cathedral is a great place to visit with plenty of history to explore and incredibly, much of the building is the original structure built back in the 15th century.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum – A free and extremely popular attraction for tourists coming from around the world. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is considered a must-see, even if you stop by the incredible sandstone building for a brief look and to listen to the daily organ recital.
Glasgow Science Centre – A favorite for holidaying families, the Glasgow Science Centre offers a range of interactive exhibits over the four floors and is an excellent place for science-loving kids of all ages.
Britannia Panopticon Music Hall – Glasgow is alive with music from all different genres and cultures and is home to the oldest surviving musical hall, having been built in 1857. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall has entertaining events all throughout the year so check ahead of your visit and make time to check out a magic show, silent film night or one of the memorable stage shows.
Whether you love culture, sports, music, food or even just fancy a quality game of golf in Glasgow, the city is yours to adventure. With so much to see and do, Glasgow has a whole wealth of possibilities and opportunities for the keen traveler and should be a destination everyone experiences at least once so, start planning your getaway to the city today!