Hampden Park

Things to do in Glasgow | Hampden Park

Home to the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish National Football team and Queen’s Park, could there be any more passion for football in one stadium?! Hosting the Scottish Cup final every year, the venue has been awarded the UEFA five star status meaning it’s a magical sight that’s not too be missed. Not just for footballing fans, visitors can rock out at a gig or concert here too. Stay close by at our Glasgow City Centre (South) hotel after a nail-biting match or rocking gig. 

Officially opening in 1903 with a match between Queens Park and Celtic, it was at one point, until around 1950, the largest stadium in the world. Since it’s opening it has hosted many crucial games in footballing history including European Cup finals and the first ever Cup Winner’s Cup final too in 1962. Being so large and with a huge capacity, the ‘Hampden Roar’ soon became known which was supposed to scare the opposing team.

Hampden Park

Hampden Park

The Hampden Experience

This is no ordinary football stadium tour. With over 2,500 exhibits on display and 14 galleries, prepare to be amazed as you enter The Scottish Football Museum. Look out for the Scottish Cup and learn all about Scotland’s football history since the 19th century. Sit in an old dressing room and listen to famous warm up from an old manager before visiting the Hall of Fame that honours past players, managers and officials. And no stadium tour would be complete without a chance to score your very own goal in the back of the net. But before you do it, listen out for the famous ‘Hampden Roar’ as you walk down the tunnel.

Top tip

If you’ve hailed a taxi to the stadium, be prepared for the roads to be quite congested as you arrive. Leave some extra time for yourself in case you need to jump out early and walk! Seeing a concert? Keep in mind the bars are cash only so remember to visit an ATM before you go into the stadium.

Eating and drinking

As the stadium is situated in a residential area, there aren’t many options for food and drink unless you go a little further into the city centre. However, there are a few places nearby such as Sapori D’Italia for all your pizza and pasta cravings or Beechwood pub and restaurant for steaks, burgers and sharer platters. If you’re after a few drinks before or after your event, give the Clockwork Beer Co. a try complete with roof terrace and long menu of beers or Montford House for that local, friendly vibe.

Getting to Hampden Park

Whether you’re driving, catching the bus or doing a 10 minute train journey from the city centre, getting to Hampden Park is easy. Due to its residential location, it can become a little busy on match days.

By car
Located about 3 miles south of the city centre, there isn’t much parking in and around the stadium. Most spots are for permit holders on match days so we recommend taking public transport.

By bus
The most frequent bus to catch from the city centre is bus number 75. This will alight at Aikenhead Road. Alternatively, jump on the 31 or 37 to Cathcart Road.

By train
From Glasgow Central station, you can catch a train to either Mount Florida or King’s Park station. From either of these, it’s a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium.

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.