Glasgow is very popular with tourists, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people who visit the city instantly fall in love with not only the vibrant atmosphere and charm of the city itself, but also of the people who live there – Glasgow has a long-standing reputation for being home to the friendliest people in the world – a reputation we believe to be justified. An artistic background with the many galleries, the art school and of course the famous Mackintosh architecture, combined with the individual and long standing Scottish traditions makes Glasgow an interesting and exciting place to be.
Popular things to see and do: There is no way you could ever get bored in Glasgow. It may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it certainly has no shortage of entertainment. The Glengoyne Distillery is an excellent day out – visit the oldest distillery in the country and enjoy some free samples of the finest whiskey you have ever tasted. If you have the kids along with you, then a trip to XScape is most definitely needed to keep them entertained and burn some energy. XScape is an indoor adventure centre where you can do just about anything from skiing to rock-climbing and everything in between. A trip to Glasgow however is incomplete until you’ve explored it’s art and architecture. Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture can be found all around the city, but to really get a feel for it, head to Queen’s Cross Church, for its gothic style of architecture, and The Glasgow School of Art which you can even wander round and see the work of the current students.
Culture, music and events: The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is a massive venue that hosts a huge variety of concerts, shows and pantomimes with performers such as Take That, Beyonce and Rihanna being just a few of the people to give concerts here. Tickets can be booked online in advance, or for smaller events you can book directly at the ticket desk. Or get yourself dressed up in your finest evening wear and head to the Theatre Royal to see famous ballet Swan Lake, or vibrant musical Grease – ask directly at the ticket office in the theatre for a list of shows, or enquire at your hotel.
Eating out: Glasgow is home to many cultures and this is something that influences the amazing choice of food available here. For some traditional home-made Mexican cuisine that is hard to find outside of Mexico, head to Pinata – a friendly and charming restaurant with a mouth-watering menu and prices that certainly won’t break the bank. For a good traditional Scottish pub lunch, there are many great little places around the city – though one of our favourites is Deoch and Dorus – a lovely, traditional and simple menu to keep you going for the day. Deoch and Dorus is very popular among the locals and visitors alike, and is known for its welcoming and cosy atmosphere.
Nightlife: Clubs such as The Garage and Tiger Tiger are extremely popular hotspots with the Glaswegians and from surrounding towns. Both offer many different rooms where music ranges from indie, pop and house – drinks are reasonably priced and often promotional deals on drinks and entry are offered. If the club scene isn’t your thing, then you might want to try Ashton Lane – one street (or lane) filled with a wide variety of bars, including a wine bar, a cocktail bar, and a vodka bar.
Where to stay: If you’re on the lookout for some full on pampering, then the Glasgow Hilton is the perfect choice. Rooms at the Hilton are full equipped with everything you need, and the hotel has a fabulous leisure complex offering massages, and various pamper packages. Or if you’re travelling with a group of friends, then try one of the many hostels around the city, known for their welcoming and laid back atmosphere – staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people from around the world, while saving your pennies for enjoying the city.
Shopping: After London, Glasgow offers the biggest variety of shopping facilities in the UK. Buchannan Galleries is a shopper’s paradise, and has all your high street favourites and more. No matter what you’re looking for, you will find it in Glasgow – from Versace to Gucci and everything in between, the city also boasts some of the most amazing little vintage and boutique shops to be found anywhere.