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Celtic Park

If you really want to feel the passion the Scots have for football, you’ll experience it at Celtic Park. Known to have some of the most dedicated fans, you can become one for the day by watching a match or taking one of their amazing stadium tours. As one of Europe’s largest stadiums, it can be seen from miles around the city.Before or after kick-off, kick-back at our nearby Glasgow City Centre George Square hotel.

Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic Park, Glasgow

History

As the largest football stadium in Scotland, Celtic Park holds nearly 60,500 people. Originally, the Celtic’s stadium was built somewhere in Parkhead around 1887 but they ended up moving due to an increase in the rent. “Leaving the graveyard to enter paradise” they up sticks and left to just 200 yards down the road.

At one point, it had a cycling track, pavilion and just one wooden stand. And it wasn’t just a football stadium. Over the decades, events have included cycling championships, rugby league matches, parades for royalty and concerts performed by the likes of U2 and Prince.

Getting there

Getting to Celtic Park using public transport isn’t the most convenient as there’s still quite a bit of walking involved from either the bus or the train stations. However, there’s nothing better than being part of a sea of other walking fans to get you truly hyped up for the game and the atmosphere. And it’s greener!

Getting there by bike, or walking

Cycling to the park takes around 12 minutes from the city centre. Why not try out a cycling route and take in some of the scenery en route? Alternatively, do the 45 minute stroll from the city centre and take in the surroundings.

Top tip

Due to the lack of parking, we would advise leaving the car at home. A lot of the spaces around the park are for blue badge holders and will more often than not be booked up in advance.

Don’t forget to visit The Celtic Superstore for all your memorabilia, shirts, scarves, hats, mugs and more!

Stadium tour

There’s no better way to get that match day feeling and learn about the club’s heritage and history than with a stadium tour. After you’ve picked up your ticket, you’ll have a look around the home team dressing room before you head down to the tunnel imagining you’re close to kick-off. Next, you’ll get a feel for what it’s like being the manager with a seat in the dugout, pitchside.  Ever wanted to see a golden trophy up close? If the board room is open, you can eyeball the loot and after enjoy a short film about the club itself.

Eating and drinking

Whether you want to grab an early lunch before the game kicks off or find a bar to have a few after match beers, there are lots of restaurants, pubs and bars relatively close to the park.

Haute cuisine fine dining

Places to eat and drink inside the stadium

Though a little on the pricey side, the Number 7 restaurant is quite the fine dining-esque experience not to mention the stunning views overlooking the pitch. As it’s only open on Saturday evening and for Sunday lunch, it does get booked up quite fast so be sure to book ahead. For a tipple and a mingle with the home fans, the Kerrydale Bar is open for those with match day tickets.

A scene showing a typical gastro pub

Places to eat and drink outside the stadium

There are a few pubs and places to eat just outside the stadium that you can soak up the atmosphere. Try The Real McCoy, The Oak Bar and Old Black Bull, all around 5 minutes away from the stadium and enjoy some good old pub grub before kick off.
Don’t forget bustling Merchant City is a stone’s throw away for more food and beverage options.

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