Glasgow School of Art

Things to do in Glasgow | Glasgow School of Art

One of the UK’s more prestigious art and design institutions, Glasgow School of Art has produced four recent Turner Prize winners. Housed in the city's famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, which is undergoing full restoration following a fire, you’ll find inspiration at every corner of GSA. Whether you’re coming for an open day, visiting friends or family, attending an event or just want to explore the history filled campus, you can get a great start at a nearby Premier Inn.

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art


Top tip

Be sure to find out more about this historic school and its architect’s life on a walking tour. You’ll discover the story of Mackintosh's masterwork, view collections of original furniture and explore exhibitions of artefacts, films and models detailing GSA's history.


Eating and drinking

You won’t go hungry in at Glasgow School of Art. Take your pick from all the places to eat and drink on and off campus.

The Vic Café Bar at the Glasgow School of Art is a combination of student union, spacious bar and artsy café. With a largely student customer base, you’ll find a buzzing atmosphere and great value food. Whatever time you visit you’ll find a menu packed with fresh produce and plenty of specials.

Want to head outside the student union? You’ll find lots of options in Glasgow city centre. You don’t have to wander far to find tastes from all over the world. Go to Thairiffic for Thai, Café Antipasti for Italian and Kama Sutra for Indian. For a great Scottish steak, head to Mini Grill.


Getting to Glasgow School of Art

Located in central Glasgow, there are lots of transport options that will get you to GSA.

By car
You can park in the the streets surrounding the School of Art with a voucher. If spaces are limited, there are also plenty of public car parks nearby on Cambridge Street, Dundasvale and Sauchiehall Street.

By bus
With lots of bus routes running through the city centre, the north and south sides of the river are well connected. Get on the 3, 23, 23A, 24, 25, 36, 38, 39, 54, 55, 56, 89, 90 or 121 and you’ll hop off near the GSA.

By train
If you’re arriving by train, take the Argyle Line to the SECC Exhibition Centre station. If you’re walking from there, it will take you 20 minutes to arrive at the School of Art.


Looking for a hotel in Glasgow?

If you want to immerse yourself in a city with incredible history, architecture and culture take a break in Glasgow. With a range of budget hotels in the City Centre on Buchanan Street and Argyle Street plus an array of  hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable to stay whatever the occasion.