Guide to visiting Glasgow

The largest city in Scotland and renowned for culture, heritage and friendly residents, a trip to Glasgow will leave you with happy memories of a welcoming environment which as much to see and do as you can cram into your time there.

A vibrant place both day and night, Glasgow has a stunning array of museums, art galleries, restaurants and bars as well as festivals and events throughout the year.

Culture

Crowned European City of Culture in 1990 and the City of Design in 1999, Glasgow can certainly lay claim to being a world leader when it comes to the arts. With an array of other awards from global bodies such as being the UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2009, the streets, pubs, theatres and restaurants are a hive of activity for both established and emerging musicians.

Walking around the city centre, it’s impossible not to notice the majestic Victorian buildings as well as unique architectural masterpiece structures by celebrated designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Art galleries abound in and around the city centre with the one to plan to visit first being the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Home to many old masters from a number of nations, it’s a paradise of painting to spend an afternoon wandering around.

With close to 20 museums, Glasgow holds the historical tale of every aspect of life there. Shipping, transport, social history and even football, every member of the family can more than fill their time when visiting the city.

Shopping

A location where global designer names sit alongside quirky independent shops, Glasgow is home to the ‘Style Mile’. Running along pedestrianised Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, there’s every kind of shop you can dream of.

For those who want to shop until they drop, there are a number of centres dedicated to all things retail. Buchanan Galleries has over 90 stores and Princes Square has a towering five floors of elegant shopping opportunities. There’s even a branch of the famous toy store Hamleys located in the St. Enoch Centre.

Nightlife

Glasgow is vibrant by day and is certainly buzzing by night.

There are over 700 pubs across the city, including one with a bar which is 100 feet long. There are nightclubs in basements, former churches and even DJ nights on boats which tour the River Clyde. It doesn’t matter what kind of establishment you like to drink or party in – there’s plenty of choice in Glasgow.

Fine, locally produced food is something Glasgow is proud of and there are many restaurants which can boast they only serve the finest of ingredients and have Michelin stars to prove it. There’s also the opportunity to try cuisine from every part of the world and if you’re on a budget there are amazing cafes on many street corners; some of which are open way into the wee hours of the morning.

Visiting Glasgow is like coming home. You’re surrounded by people pleased to see you and interested in who you are. You’re visiting a city which has had hard knocks in tough times and survived stronger and even more ready to show pride in the area and the people. It’s a place to go to when you want to have a great time, make new friends and to find out the history of a place which lives up to the city slogan that ‘People Make Glasgow’.

Written by Jennifer