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Glasgow is Scotland's biggest, brashest city. It has a long, proud history of trade and industry centered on the River Clyde, but these days it's just as famous for its art, culture, shops and pubs. Friendly locals give the place real character. Or as the city slogan goes: "People make Glasgow."

Glasgow: city layout
Glasgow city centre is laid out in a stately Victorian grid on the north bank of the River Clyde. The main thoroughfares of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street link into a Z-shaped shopping district, much of which is pedestrianised.

Overground rail links and Glasgow Subway, a simple, circular underground system known locally as "the clockwork orange", make it easy to explore surrounding historic neighbourhoods. Dennistoun to the east, Partick to the west, Strathbungo on the Southside – each has its own beloved pubs and parks.

The western edge of town blurs into the Scottish countryside, and it's less than 20 miles to the fabled "bonny banks" of Loch Lomond.

Top attractions in Glasgow
Wealthy 19th-century merchants left an impressive mark on Glasgow through art and architecture. The Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are Victorian treasure houses filled with curiosities – from Cézanne and Degas paintings in one, to mummies and dinosaur eggs in the other.

Visitors also marvel at the later Art Nouveau buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, including Glasgow School of Art and Willow Tea Rooms.

It's an arty city, but music is the first love of many Glaswegians. You can join them for pop concerts at the flying-saucer shaped SSE Hydro, and sweaty rock gigs at the much older Barrowland Ballroom.

The concierge recommends…

  • Lunch or dinner at The Wee Curry Shop on Buccleuch Street. This tiny Indian restaurant is a favourite of spicy food fans.
  • A visit to the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum. This weird and wonderful place is the oldest museum in Scotland.
  • A night out on Ashton Lane, a cobbled West End alley packed with bars and cafés.
  • Watching Scotland's national football team play at home in Hampden Park.

Hotels in Glasgow

Glasgow accommodation options range from business-friendly hotels near Glasgow International Airport (GLA) to boutique options for weekend breaks in the city centre and suburban retreats in quieter spots like nearby East Kilbride.

A high-rise hotel on the River Clyde is handy for meetings at BBC Scotland and other waterfront media headquarters, concerts at the SSE Hydro, and conventions at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Keen shoppers and theatre-goers may prefer to stay closer to Buchanan Street, at the beating heart of Glasgow commerce and culture.

Cruise ship passengers can begin or end their voyage at a hotel near Greenock Ocean Terminal. Rooms in Motherwell or Hamilton give you easy access to the M74 motorway, ideal for road trips across Scotland's Central Belt.


Eating Out in Glasgow

The Glasgow diet is famous for its unhealthy options, from fish and chips to deep-fried Mars Bars. But you'll also find classic Scottish dishes like haggis and cullen skink prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

A post-pub fish supper at King's Café is a time-honoured way to end a night out in the city centre. Old Salty's is a gourmet variation on the trusty Glasgow chip shop at the trendy west end of Argyle Street.

The post-industrial Finnieston area has become a hub of fashionable yet casual dining, where restaurants like The Gannet and Crabshakk serve up quality Scottish meat and seafood in gentrified buildings.

Glaswegians claim to have the best Italian and Indian restaurants in the UK. They're loyal to long-standing institutions like Coia's Café in residential Dennistoun, and Shish Mahal in leafy Kelvinbridge.

The chef recommends...

  • Haggis: Scotland's famous savoury pudding of minced sheep offal, oatmeal and spices. It sounds unappetising but tastes amazing, whether fried with chips or served in the traditional fashion with "neeps" (turnips) and "tatties" (potatoes).
  • Full Scottish Breakfast: Similar to the full English breakfast – bacon, eggs, beans and so on – but with local additions like square Lorne sausages and flat potato cakes known as "tattie scones".
  • Chicken Tikka Masala: Chunks of meat in a creamy, tomatoey, mildly spicy curry sauce. The story goes that this popular Indian dish was invented at Glasgow's Shish Mahal to appeal to British palates.

Shopping in Glasgow

Glasgow has so many premium-brand clothing stores and designer boutiques that one advert for the city calls it "Scotland with style". The locals love a bargain though, so there's no shortage of second-hand shops and street markets to rummage in.

The main pedestrian shopping precinct incorporates a busy high-street mall at Buchanan Galleries, and the upscale retailers of Princes Square. You can look for even fancier labels nearby at the Italian Centre, and venture further into the Merchant City for high-quality arts and crafts.

A browse among the stalls and chatty traders of Barras Market makes for an essential Glasgow shopping experience. Cobbled West End side streets like Otago Lane and Cresswell Lane are well worth exploring for used books, vintage clothes and boho curios.

Best independent shops in Glasgow

  • De Courcey's Arcade: Behind Byres Road, this tiny, trendy mall is lined with artisanal coffeehouses, salons and boutiques.
  • Voltaire & Rousseau: Beloved by local writers and readers, this cosy shop buys and sells used books amid a pleasant mess of overspilling stacks.
  • Monorail: A one-stop shop for indie music selling concert tickets, vinyl records, band merchandise and the latest releases by local artists, who sometimes play live instore.
  • Butterfly Kisses: This small Skirving Street boutique on the Southside sells dresses and accessories you won't find anywhere else.

Culture & Nightlife in Glasgow

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, famous for its live rock shows, concert halls and underground club scene. There's a kind of music to the flow of conversation in the city's pubs too, while high art thrives in its historic performance and exhibition spaces.

The area around Buchanan Street forms Glasgow's main cultural quarter. You can watch an opera at Theatre Royal, hear a symphony at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and admire local and international masterpieces for free at the Gallery of Modern Art, all within a few blocks of each other.

The Southside has its own arty hotspots, and a short train, taxi or subway ride will take you to a new play at Citizen's Theatre or an experimental dance show at Tramway.

Basement bars and nightclubs line the lively Bath Street. If loud guitars are your thing, you can hear them played live on stage or through a jukebox at one of the city centre's legendary rock and indie music venues.

Glasgow's best historic pubs

  • The Laurieston: The exterior of this Southside institution looks forbidding, but inside you'll find friendly staff and fun-loving customers in an old-school saloon unchanged since the 1960s.
  • The Doublet: This long-standing West End favourite draws an older, quieter crowd to its downstairs bar while young folks stake out the upstairs lounge.
  • The Horse Shoe Bar: Still sporting original Victorian features, this is one of Glasgow's great old "mixers", attracting clientele from all walks of local life. Karaoke nights are taken very seriously.
  • The Scotia: One of several pubs claiming to be Glasgow's oldest, this wood-beamed watering hole has been serving beer through brass pumps and hosting live traditional music sessions since the 18th century.

Visiting Glasgow with family

Thanks to Victorian city planners, Glasgow is filled with lush parks and gardens. The River Clyde is lined with high-tech museums along both banks, and historic boats to take you "doon the water", as the local saying goes.

The rain falls hard and often on Glasgow, so as soon as the sun comes out local families head straight to the nearest park. From the city centre it's a pleasant stroll or three-stop subway ride west to Kelvingrove Park, and only a little further to Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

To the east there's the aptly named Glasgow Green. It's another top spot for a picnic, with the People's Palace and glass-covered Winter Gardens to keep you dry and busy if the rain starts again.

Down by the Clyde you can't miss the gleaming, zig-zag roof of the Riverside Museum of Travel and Transport and The Tall Ship beside it – a three-masted barque called the Glenlee, built in 1896 and lovingly restored as a spectacular kid-friendly attraction.

Fun ways to see Glasgow

  • Nextbike Glasgow: It's cheap, quick and easy to rent a public bike from one of the automated stands around the city, then head out for a scenic ride along the Clyde Walkway.
  • Waverly Excursions: The world's last seagoing paddle steamer runs regular day trips on the Clyde in summer.
  • Glasgow Tower: This sci-fi structure turns 360 degrees to show you the whole city from a dizzying height. It's part of Glasgow Science Centre, a popular spot for hands-on educational entertainment, with an IMAX screen that shows blockbuster movies on a massive scale.

 

Latest Glasgow Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Glasgow Hotel
(4.3 / 5) of 7909 reviews
Good location - very comfortable
By Andresdeen
Room design is well thought out- very dark to sleep in and with a nice bathroom light. Bed was comfortable and towels and toiletries were luxurious. Shower was nice Location is very central (good [More] for shopping) and the hotel gives you a 15% discount in nearby parking [Less]
Pleasant Surprise in City Centre
By Anon Scotsman
The welcome was friendly and helpful with advice offered and a taxi booked to take us to our evening out. The standard room was nicer than expected - the website photo's didn't quite do it justice. [More] The towels and robes certainly helped with getting ready and feeling refreshed. If I only had one thing to improve it would be the quality of the toilet paper - enough said. If I had two things to improve the second would be some elements of the breakfast. Breakfast was nice overall and staff were fine, but the square sausage was disappointing - rather bland and a little rubbery - and the black pudding too - a bit bland and dry. We have really good butchers square sausage and black pudding in Scotland - maybe I just caught it on a bad day. That said, the value was good and I would look to return here before trying anywhere else. [Less]
Excellent Hotel
By Quincy8460
From the moment I arrived at the front desk until I checked out I can honestly say I could not fault the hotel in any way. The professional and friendly staff are always available and nothing is too [More] much trouble. The room was large and very clean and there were no issues with any outside noise. Easy to book online, easy check-in/check-out all in all a very enjoyable stay and I will be back and can highly recommend. [Less]
Comfortable home from home
By ScotBart
I use the Holiday Inn Express always on my business trips, so this was no different. I like the friendliness of the staff, the easiness of checking in and out and the relaxed atmosphere, things that [More] are very important to me when away from home on business. For being located in a busy neigbourhood, with lots of traffic, the rooms are very quiet, permitting the occupant a good night's sleep after a long day. The breakfast buffet was nice, it has everything I look for to have a good start of the day. Will come again in the future. [Less]
great service
By justme44
this hotel is in a convenient location and its clean and well maintained. the breakfast choice was excellent and really tasty. would stay again [Less]
Excellent
By Longhair
This was my first stay at this particular Express by Holiday Inn and I must say I was very impressed, it is one of, if not the, best Express by Holiday Inn I have stayed at and there have been many. [More] The staff were superb, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and eager to please which in my opinion makes all the difference. The room was large, comfortable, and clean but what surprised me was the level of insulation against the noise from outside. Given that there is a very busy road/roundabout right outside the door it certainly was not evident inside the room leading to a very quiet comfortable nights sleep. The breakfast area is one of the better organised I have seen, the food is what it is, you either like it or you do not. It was sufficient for my needs but will not suit everyone. All in all excellent, I hope I get the chance to stay again in the not too distant future. [Less]
JBP 030216
By Jbp1uk
Great stay as always. Rooms a bit tired now and could do with more up to dat TVs [Less]
Accommodating accommodation
By bigshow66
After a long and unexpected journey this was a pleasant oasis of comfort and convenience. Hurricane Henry forced the overnight stay without any personal belongings but thankfully the reception helped [More] obtain a tooth brush and disposable razor.. The hotel reception area was so comfortable and spacious we continued our meeting there the next morning, with coffee and tea on tap I would seriously recommend this hotel to anyone! [Less]
very good location, nice staff and good service.
By victoria 12
stay here when visiting relatives frequently. hotel is centrally located for M8, Glasgow and south. hotel is very convenient for us. last visit, we had a few problems. Bed kept moving away from [More] headboard when you got into it, had to put something under castors to stop it. Shower was leaking from main control unit but we still managed to have a decent shower in spite of this. bedside lamp flexitube was broken so lamp could not be located as required. Should have reported these faults to the staff when checking out, but didnt have time. Sure they would have been attended to if we had. Will still book there as overall it suits our needs. [Less]

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