From exploring interactive exhibitions at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to enjoying fun days out with the kids at the Glasgow Science Centre, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Glasgow. Visit popular attractions like Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Riverside Museum by day, before getting a taste of Glasgow’s nightlife in the evening. Plus, if you’re wondering where to stay, our great value Glasgow hotels are perfect for family breaks and business trips.
Hotels in Glasgow
Glasgow City Centre (George Square)
Glasgow City Centre South
Glasgow City Centre (Argyle Street)
Glasgow City Centre Buchanan Galleries
Glasgow City Centre (Charing Cross)
Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC)
Glasgow (Cambuslang/M74, J2A)
Glasgow Stepps (M80, J3)
Glasgow East Kilbride (Nerston Toll)
Glasgow Newton Mearns (M77 J4)
Glasgow East Kilbride (Peel Park)
Glasgow East Kilbride Central
What is Glasgow famous for?
Once an industrial centre, Glasgow is now renowned for its world-beating architecture (both historic and modern) as well as a booming arts and cultural scene. The city was home to Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Simply Minds and Chvrches amongst many other popular musical artists, and the city is one of only 47 UNESCO Cities of Music in the world. Over 1,800 buildings are listed for their historical importance, including Glasgow’s impressive cathedral. Plus, there’s the city’s excellent nightlife and party atmosphere. If you’re a fan of a wee dram, Glasgow holds two whisky festivals every year.
What do you call a person from Glasgow?
Someone from Glasgow is typically referred to as a Glaswegian (pronounced glaz-wee-jun).
What food is Glasgow famous for?
Alleged to be the birthplace of one of Britain’s favourite curries, the Chicken Tikka Masala, Glasgow’s eclectic foodie scene is a diverse blend of cultures and usually packs a hearty punch. Scotch pie is a classic dish – this mutton pie is usually served with Bovril or brown sauce at football matches and outdoor events. Or bag yourself a tattie (potato) scone with a Lorne (square) sausage for a Glaswegian breakfast treat.
How much is a pint of beer in Glasgow?
The average price of a pint of beer in Glasgow is around £3.79, according to a 2019 study.
What to do in Glasgow
What is there to do in Glasgow at night?
There’s plenty to enjoy on a night out in Glasgow, especially if you’re looking to head out for a drink and a dance. The West End, Byres Road and Aston Lane are good areas to head for drinks and bars, and Merchant City is chock full of great places to drink and dine. For later evenings, stick to the centre for nightclubs like the iconic Sub Club. Of course, if it’s entertainment you’re after, Glasgow has plenty to offer in the ways of music venues and theatres as well – from huge gigs at the O2 Academy to opera at the Theatre Royal, there will be something to suit your tastes.
What can couples do in Glasgow?
Glasgow is perfect for a romantic getaway and there’s plenty for couples to enjoy here. Spend the day strolling around the many parks and attractions, or maybe even a cultural experience like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, before enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Finish the night off with a drink at one of Glasgow’s fine bars; stylish Merchant City is a particularly great areas for cocktails and pubs.
Getting to and around Glasgow
How many airports are in Glasgow?
There’s one airport near the city; the two terminals of Glasgow Airport are just eight miles outside the city centre, so easy to reach by bus, taxi or train.
Find out more about getting to Glasgow Airport with our guide.
How far is Edinburgh from Glasgow?
Edinburgh is around 42 miles east of Glasgow and about an hour’s drive, making it possible to visit both cities in the same trip.
How much is the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh?
Prices for trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh start from around £10-£15 if booked in advance. The journey takes around an hour.
How far is London from Glasgow?
It’s roughly 345 miles from London to Glasgow, taking at least six and a half hours to drive.
How much is the train from London to Glasgow?
Train costs vary, but you can expect to pay in excess of £50 for the 4.5 – 5 hours train journey from London to Glasgow. You’ll find the best prices if you pay in advance online.