Presentation of the destination
Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city, which has undergone something of a renaissance recently. First a fishing village turned into a powerful industrial center, Glasgow went into decline in the latter half of the 20th century, but no longer. Throwing off the yoke of its industrial past, it has become a center of fashion, art, and architecture. Now a thoroughly modern and diverse city, Glasgow has much to offer visitors. History still infuses the city, though and some of the best sites to see have historical links, like the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens and the Riverside Museum which allows visitors to step back in time to Old Glasgow. The people of Glasgow, or Glaswegians, as they are called, are notoriously friendly, even if their heavy accents and slang make them difficult to understand! Enjoy the mix of proud history and cutting edge creativity the city has to offer.
Points of interests / things to see
Kelvingrove is called Scotland’s best-loved museum and it’s easy to see why. It houses an amazingly diverse collection covering everything from Egyptian civilization to military history to Glasgow style. The museum is in a stunning building and best of all, it’s free! As mentioned, the museum’s collection is massive and therefore has something to suit every taste. French impressionist painters your thing? They’ve got you covered with the French Gallery that has works from Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro. Perhaps you or someone in your group prefers military history? There’s a significant collection of arms and armor on display, and in the West Court it would be impossible to miss the reconstructed plane suspended from the ceiling, a Spitfire LA198. If you’re a fan of Ancient Egypt, check out the Nakht coffin and skeleton. The museum has a truly impressive range. It is housed in a magnificent Baroque building that was used as the Palace of Fine Arts for the Glasgow International Exhibition held in 1901. Free tours leave the museum’s Centre Hall twice a day, at 11am and 2:30pm. The museum has a café offering late breakfasts, snacks, and lunch, as well as a coffee shop. Located at Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG. Hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Friday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
The People’s Palace was opened in 1898. Following progressive concerns about health and sanitation in the overcrowded city, the government established a cultural center for the people. The Winter Gardens were meant to be a place where people could enjoy nature whatever the weather thanks to the Victorian glasshouse. Originally the Palace provided recreation and reading rooms, with a smaller museum and art gallery. In the 1940s it was converted to a museum explaining the social history of the city from the 1750s to the present. Covering both the good and the bad, the museum focuses on the ordinary Glaswegian’s experience. You can see a re-creation of an apartment in Glasgow from the 1930s when an entire family may have lived in just one or two rooms, or experience what it was like to be trapped in a shelter during an air raid in World War II. In the Winter Garden you can experience a tropical garden even when there’s snow outside and enjoy a meal in the café. Hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Friday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Winter Garden open daily 10am to 5pm. The Café is open 10am to 4:15pm. Located at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT.
The Riverside Museum offers visitors the opportunity to interactively explore the history of how Glaswegians have got around. There’s a re-creation of the Glasgow streets throughout history along with shops from different periods. There’s also a display of different fashions worn by Glaswegians throughout history. Since the River Clyde played such an important part in Glasgow’s development, there is a full exhibit dedicated to its changing role throughout time. Have a look at bicycles, cars, trams, and trains as they have changed from decade to decade, and you can even ride a replica of Glasgow’s first subway. The museum is free and is located at 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS. Hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Friday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. There’s also a full replica Tall Ship outside the museum based on a steel three-masted ship built in Glasgow in 1896. The ship’s interior has been re-created for visitors to see what it was like. The Tall Ship is also free and is open March- October 10am-5pm daily and November- February 10am-4pm daily.
The Glasgow City Chambers building was completed in 1888. The building’s beautiful Victorian style was designed by Scottish architect William Young. The building was inaugurated by Queen Victoria and became the headquarters of the Glasgow Town Council. The name of the city government has changed several times since then and is now the Glasgow City Council. Inside, the building has some notable features including a grand marble staircase, made from Carrera marble, that is said to be the biggest marble staircase in the world. The marble staircase is viewable from the reception area but the rest of the building is only accessible by guided tour. The third floor staircase is also composed of a colorful mosaic of Venetian tile. The Council Chamber features Venetian stained glass windows and two mahogany-paneled fireplaces. There are two free tours daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm. While reservations are not needed, it is recommended to show up well ahead of your planned tour to get tickets because there are only 25 spaces per tour. The tour guides are knowledgeable and will give you all the details about this beautiful space. Lovers of architecture and design should be sure to stop here while in Glasgow. Located at George Square, Glasgow City G2 1DU.
Students at the Glasgow School of Art study in a building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose shoes would be hard to fill. Mackintosh is regarded to be one of Scotland’s best artists and architects, and the Mackintosh building at the School of Art, designed in 1896, is widely regarded to be his masterpiece. The building boasts magnificent views of the city and reflects his eclectic style. He was influenced by his native Scottish architecture and also by Japanese design. He was part of both the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Mackintosh also designed furniture and many of the pieces in the building are his works. The building’s visitor center is located at 11 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ. Building tours are given daily by students. Timetables vary by season, but there are 4 tours in the autumn season departing at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Tours last approximately one hour. They can be booked in advanced (recommended) on the School of Art’s website. The cost is £9.75 for adults, £8.00 for seniors (age 60 and up) and students with a valid ID, and £4.75 for ages 5-18. For more information visit http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/mackintosh-building-tours/
No visit to Scotland would be complete without seeing at least one of the famous Lochs. Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch 23km north of Glasgow. The Loch is 39km long and 8km wide. Within the loch there are nearly thirty islands, some of which are ancient man-made islands known as crannog. This unique feature of the Scottish landscape has an eerie, peaceful beauty. Locals enjoy boating and watersports here. In 2013 it was the location of the Great Scottish Swim, an open water swim competition. From Glasgow it is reachable by train and bus.
This driving route is inspired by the life and death of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. The trail starts a 49 minute drive to Glasgow’s southwest in Alloway, where Burns’ birthplace, the Burns cottage, is located. The cottage is now part of a sprawling museum featuring the Cottage and its grounds, a path to the museum, the Auld Kirk and Brig o’ Doon, which Burns invoked in his poetry, and a monument to the poet. For more information on the museum, visit http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk/. The driving route continues onto Burns’ grave in St. Michael’s Churchyard in Dumfries.
The Waverley Paddle Steamer is the last operating passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world which is seagoing. From Glasgow, there are several options which include a cruise tour of the lochs, or short trips to Helensberg or Greenock in the Scottish Highlands. The boat is beautifully restored and includes a saloon and a tearoom. There’s also an evening cruise featuring traditional Scottish entertainment. For more information visit http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/
If you are looking for an informative and unique walking tour consider the tours offered by students at the Glasgow School of Art. Tours are approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. The options include a “Glasgow Style” tour which shows you the architectural highlights of Victorian Glasgow and the Art Nouveau period, or the “Glasgow Miracle” tour which shows the highlights (in public art, architecture, and design) of Glasgow’s contemporary creative renaissance. Tours cost £19.50 for adults, £16.00 for students and seniors, and £9.75 for ages 5-18. Visit http://gsacitywalkingtours.eventbrite.co.uk/ for more information.
Vacation rentals in Glasgow (Scotland)
How to get there ?
Glasgow has two international airports the Glasgow International Airport (GLA) and Prestwick International Airport (PIK – 50km to the south). Major airlines such as United and British Airways fly into Glasgow while discount carrier Ryanair flies into Prestwick. Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is also 50 km away and has some Ryanair flights as well. From Prestwick airport, there is train service to Glasgow Central Station; while from Glasgow International Airport there is the Glasgow Shuttle which runs every 10 minutes and includes Wifi. There are many trains daily between Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Haymarket Station—however, to get to the Edinburgh airport from Haymarket Station requires taking a bus. The train between Glasgow and Edinburgh can take anywhere between 50 and 90 minutes depending on the route and carrier. There are also several daily trains between London and Glasgow which range from 4h30min to an overnight train taking 8 hours. Fares for non-sleeper trains run as low as ₤17.50 one way if booked in advance. Scotland also has a reliable inter-city rail network. Within the city, Glasgow has an extremely well-developed public transportation network including subways, a suburban railroad, and buses. Public transport is also very affordable as an all-day subway pass costs £3.80 for unlimited daily. An all-day bus ticket costs £4.50 for the city zone.The city is also pedestrian-friendly and features many pedestrian-only zones in the city center.
Glasgow city hall
Hotels in Glasgow (Scotland)
Argyll Guest House
970 Sauchiehall street
G3 7TH - Glasgow
Indicative price : 32 GBP - 114 GBP
Kumar Suites Hanson Park Apartment
2 Hanson Park, Flat 3-8
G31 2HA - Glasgow
Indicative price : 105 GBP - 105 GBP
8 Kelvin Drive
G20 8QG - Glasgow
Indicative price : 39.1 GBP - 81 GBP
One Devonshire Gardens a Hotel Du Vin
One Devonshire Gardens
G12 0UX - Glasgow
Indicative price : 95 GBP - 291 GBP
973 Sauchiehall St
G3 7TQ - Glasgow
Indicative price : 17 GBP - 195 GBP
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel
11 Sherbrooke Avenue
G41 4PG - Glasgow
Indicative price : 99 GBP - 225 GBP
8 Sydenham Road
G12 9NP - Glasgow
Indicative price : 145 GBP - 249.99 GBP
1 William Street
G3 8HT - Glasgow
Indicative price : 99 GBP - 503 GBP
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel
1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, Great Western Road
G12 0TA - Glasgow
Indicative price : 79 GBP - 250 GBP
Number 10 Hotel
10/12 Queens Drive Glagow
G42 8BS - Glasgow
Indicative price : 59 GBP - 155.3 GBP
ibis Glasgow City Centre – Sauchiehall St
220 West Regent Street
G2 4DQ - Glasgow
Indicative price : 41.7 GBP - 147.95 GBP
Glasgow Marriott Hotel
500 Argyle Street, Anderston
G3 8RR - Glasgow
Indicative price : 55 GBP - 322 GBP
4/5 Alfred Terrace
G12 8RF - Glasgow
Indicative price : 36 GBP - 150 GBP
140 Elderslie Street
G3 7AW - Glasgow
Indicative price : 38.7 GBP - 117 GBP
Charing Cross Guest House
310 Renfrew Street
G3 6UW - Glasgow
Indicative price : 19.12 GBP - 110 GBP
101 Maxwell Street
G1 4EP - Glasgow
Indicative price : 135 GBP - 170 GBP