Glasgow no longer sits in the shadows of its fiercest rival, Edinburgh. In the last two decades, the city has transformed itself into an innovative, cutting-edge destination. The city’s vibrant music scene is the envy of Europe, while its electrical nightlife, led by a horde of world-class DJs, doesn’t stray far behind. A sprinkling of museums and historic landmarks keep Glasgow connected to the past. You might have difficulty understanding the local accent but not the lively character.
Things to see
Once you finally avert your gaze from the impressive Spanish-Baroque, architecture, you will find plenty of exciting historical collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Of the 9,000 items inside Kelvingrove, the arms and armory exhibit and French impressionist collection seem to hog the limelight.
Football tickets to a Celtics v Rangers match are as scarce has hens teeth, but the next best option is to tour Celtic Park. The fierce history this stadium radiates is legendary.
Buchanan Street is where serious shoppers spend their Saturdays, oblivious to the stately 17th-century Victorian architecture, as they go in search of twenty first century brand-name bargains.
You will be surprised at how entertaining the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is, even for children. Works by Warhol, Salgado and Hockney all reside within the gallery. But the GoMA certainly stays fresh with temporary masterpieces regularly on show.
West End’s Botanical Gardens is the ideal spot for a peaceful respite from the city. Where else this far north can you stroll through well-landscaped gardens of tropical plants?
Hotels in Glasgow
Glasgow is not short on budget accommodation. You will find low-end accommodation in the main tourist-centered neighborhoods. Guest houses, hostels, backpacker inns and even more stylish three-star hotels are available, giving you excellent choice and comforts.
For mid-range hotels in Glasgow, boutique and small chain hotels generally provide the best value for money, offering you excellent leisure amenities. Of course, bed and breakfasts are another mid-range option, but many require guests to ‘get out’ during the day.
High end hotel names are well represented in Glasgow. They don’t come cheap but both business and leisure travelers are comfortably catered for in these four and five-star hotels.
Where to stay
The City Center district is not only convenient, but also entertaining, with a host of cultural highlights at your doorstep. From the bustling shopping quarter that is Buchanan Street, to the dozens of cultural venues like the Gallery of Modern Art and Theatre Royal, this is definitely the place for sightseeing couples who come to Glasgow wanting to explore.
To the east of City Center is Merchant City; an up-and-coming cultural quarter. Here city landmarks mingle with a traditionally artistic vibe. You can’t walk 10 yards without running into a boutique shop, restaurant or café in Merchant City.
West End, Glasgow’s greenest district, is a trendy bohemian-influenced neighborhood teeming with restaurants, cafes and a collection of the best hotels in the city. Throw in historic landmarks and tranquil parks, and you have yourself a majestic location in West End.
How to get to Glasgow
Rail links from England or southern Scotland arrive into Glasgow Central, while northern connections reach Queen Street Station. Within Britain this is the most practical and popular means of getting about.
Visitors also fly into Glasgow International Airport, which is only eight miles from the city center. Prestwick International Airport is seen as Glasgow’s second airport, but sits a lengthy 30 miles outside of the city. Efficient rail and bus links will help you connect to downtown Glasgow after landing.