Guide to Glasgow

Once named the European City of Culture, Scotland’s biggest city is alive and kicking with things to do, see and explore. Renowned for its passion for art, design and architecture, you’ll no doubt get your fill of culture visiting their museums, galleries and local events. A historical city too, their parks and even sporting venues have a thousand and one stories to tell about their Scottish heritage. But they don’t hold back on the fun either. In every one of their districts, there are cool bars, friendly local pubs and plenty of opportunity for dancing and there’ll always be a friendly team waiting to look after you at a Premier Inn hotel in Glasgow.

What's on

Glasgow is buzzing with things to do, all against a backdrop of world-class architecture. Whether you want to catch some live local music, weave in and out of the shops, catch a big Celtic game or plan your trip around a festival, you won’t have trouble finding somewhere amazing. Check out our guide for all the need to knows.

Music and comedy

A mix of historical and contemporary venues, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you want to catch a show or enjoy a gig.


With High Street staples lining the streets and Merchant City fulfilling all your designer needs, you can shop till you drop across the city.

Events and festivals

Whatever time of year, there’ll be something to keep you and the family entertained, from film festivals to extraordinary events.


Sporting venues aplenty, football, rugby, athletics and greyhound racing have all got a seat with your name on it.

Things to do

Around every corner, there’s a memorable sight or three to see in Glasgow. Where old is mixed with contemporary, you’ll see some of the oldest parks in Scotland, breathtaking monuments and innovative architecture. See what there is to discover using our handy guide.

Museums and galleries

Art lovers as well as those with an appetite for knowledge can take their pick from a selection of cutting-edge exhibitions, galleries and museums full of historical stories.

Parks and landmarks

From beautiful parks with acres of land, laden with monuments and statues to a fascinating Victorian gothic cemetery, it’s these places that tell you all about the city’s history.


When it comes to family fun and exploration, this is the place. Feel inspired at the  Glasgow Science Centre, enjoy the beautiful botanic gardens and feel the thrill at the theme park.

Around Glasgow

If venturing out of town is your thing, there’s plenty to see just outside the Glasgow area like acres of countryside, beautiful national parks and the famous Scottish lochs.

Eating, drinking and nightlife

Whether you’re looking for a tummy pleasing place to brunch, a chic bar for cocktails or a dancing venue for rocking out, you won’t struggle to find somewhere to satisfy your hunger, thirst or dancing desires. Get the lowdown on eating and drinking in Glasgow below.

Eating out

If it’s traditional Scottish, seafood, Italian or Indian you’re after, Glasgow won’t let you down when it comes to their range of options. Fancy going fancy? They’ve got that covered too.

Drinking and nightlife

From dedicated gin and whiskey bars to pubs laden with craft beers and ale, there’s drinking holes galore. And, dancing feet can make their way into the many cool bars and clubs for a memorable night on the tiles.

Plan your visit

Due to Glasgow cleverly being built on a grid system, it means getting around the city is a breeze. And, as Scotland’s biggest city, this is incredibly handy. With so many areas to discover - from the creative quarter of the East End to the stylish Merchant City to the creative hub they call the West End, you’re guaranteed to have more than one favourite neighbourhood. Use our guide for info on public transport, travelling from the airport and the coolest places to stay.

Getting around

Navigating Glasgow is so simple with the city’s subway and buses. Nevertheless, getting to know the city by foot is a treat or by bike, especially with the help of nextbike - the city’s cycle hire scheme.

Where to stay

While the city centre and the West End might be the first places that spring to mind, there’s a lot more to explore in Glasgow by way of the East End, Southside and Merchant City.

Getting to Glasgow from the airport

If you need to get into the city centre (or a little further out) from Glasgow airport, there are a variety of options to get you there.
And it’s quick too! Take your pick from buses, coaches, trains and taxis.
Don’t forget our airport hotel close by for those late and early flights!

Looking for a hotel in Glasgow?

Immerse yourself in Glasgow’s incredible history, architecture and culture with a weekend break in Glasgow. With a range of family-friendly hotelsbudget hotels and hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable for everyone whatever the occasion.