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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


Great service from front desk
By Andycaufc
The ream at the front desk were happy to help. The room was clean and the hotel well maintained. [Less]
Easy choice
By Jonp
Easy choice? It is an easy choice - this hotel is modern and clean. It is to the expected standard of this chain which represents good value for money. It is a convenient location, just off the [More] motorway and has parking that you don't have to pay for. Within a short walk there are the usual choice food chain establishments, although I would prefer something a little more original for eating there doesn't seem to be much voice - I stay here on a regular basis so have come to know the area quite well. Best feature at this hotel however has to be the helpful and friendly staff - always made to feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble - thank you! Only negative I can think of is a bit of traffic noise associated with the location, but to be fair I am rather sensitive to noise as I live in the Highlands. [Less]
Good Place
By Renton96
I love coming to this place its like my personal retreat when needed but the only problem i have with this hotel is the windows/noise outside. If you install Double Glazed Windows and Soundproof [More] doors then i think it would be better [Less]
Holiday Inn Express Greenock
By Dave562
Not the best Holiday Inn Express that I have visited but very good. [Less]
Comfortable hotel
By Mrs DA
Fairly good for a budget hotel. Room was comfortable. Breakfast was OK. Dinner not a great choice. [Less]
Excellent Choice and Location
By Malcolm
The hotel is aft a very good location . Overall the hotel is very good. We did have a problem with waterin the evening when all water was turned off and we were not told prior to this happening.. [More] The water was off at a time when we neede it. Once we checked what was happening the staff were helpful but the the issue could have been a major problem. Overall though we will return to Holiday Inn [Less]
Lovely business trip stayover
By deirds
hotel is clean, quiet, polite staff, bar is good, football on the television !! breakfast was hot and fresh, small choice of English and continental. overall great stay, treated professionally but [More] also with friendliness. they even did up my dress when I was leaving one morning for a meeting and it just would not close ! highly recommended. [Less]
Promises and delivers
By wardywilbury
It's a Holiday Inn Express. It offers simple things for an overnight stay with continental breakfast included. It also includes hot items like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and baked beans. Better [More] fayre than that offered at the pub next door and its included in your room rate!!! [Less]
Excellent stay with the friendliest of people !!
By Swann11
I stayed at the hotel for business travel for 3 nights. We were welcomed into the hotel and check in was quick and efficient. The room was ideal, perfect for a short stay. Clean, comfortable and [More] quite spacious. The staff were accommodating, even fastening my dress (bad choice of clothing for a meeting) in the morning as I stood there panicing! The staff are amazing, polite, funny, and the bar staff were also on par with the rest of the service. All in all would recommend this hotel for the weary traveller. [Less]

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