Glasgow

Glasgow (Gaelic: Glaschu, Scots: Glesga) is the biggest city in Scotland, with a population of about 600,000 in the city itself and over 2 million if the surrounding towns of the Clydeside conurbation are taken into account. Located at the west end of Scotland's Central Belt on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow's historical importance as Scotland's main industrial centre has been challenged by decades of change and various regeneration efforts.

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Ibrox Stadium

This is the home of the '''[http://www.rangers.co.uk/ Rangers Football Club]''', capacity 51,082. Ibrox tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (non match days only!) and are priced at £5.50 for kids, £8 for adults and £24.50 for a family group (2 adults and 2 children). On the Ibrox tour, you get access to the home dressing room and hear a recorded message from Walter Smith and Ally McCoist before climbing the marble staircase, visit the illustrious trophy room, the blue room and the manager's office. Tickets, except for matches against Celtic, are available online from the club's website, ticket centre at the stadium and club outlets at JJB Sports Stores in Glasgow city centre. Club merchandise is available from the JJB Rangers Megastore located at the stadium and JJB Sports stores in Glasgow, with unofficial merchandise readily available in the environs of the stadium on matchdays. Food is available at the stadium in the Argyll House restaurant and the various burger stands in and around the stadium concourses. The Sportsmans Chip Shop on Copland Road adjacent to the stadium is also popular with the supporters. There are various bars beside the stadium, with the Louden Tavern on Copland Road being the closest. Along Paisley Road West are numerous bars sympathetic to the Rangers cause, such as the Louden Tavern, the Grapes Bar, District Bar and the Kensignton Bar to name but a few.

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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The oldest surviving music hall in the world, having opened in 1857, in response to the entertainment needs of a growing working class population with pennies in their pockets. It most famously held the début performance of Stan Laurel (of silent movies, slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy fame in 1906), but also hosted Jack Buchnanan and Sir Harry Lauder and a zoo! Acts needed some intestinal fortitude before they trod its boards, since Glasgow audiences were notorious for leaving no turn un-stoned - toilets only arrived in 1893 and young boys used to favour the front of the balcony because from there they could urinate on the heads of the performers on the apron! Electricity and moving pictures arrived in 1896 but by 1938, the Panopticon could no longer compete with more modern Cinemas and less vulgar Variety Theatres and was re-cycled into a tailors shop and factory. It now shows mainly music hall orientated shows: e.g. magic, burlesque and comedy, but also occasionally puts on classical and world music. There's no heating, so dress accordingly. No wheelchair/disabled access.



Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The city's grandest public museum, with one of the finest civic collections in Europe housed within this Glasgow Victorian landmark. The collection is quite varied, with artworks, biological displays and anthropological artifacts. The museum as a whole is well-geared towards children and families, with "discovery center" rooms of interactive exhibits and all the displays labeled with easy-to-understand descriptions. The "Life" wing holds fossils, wildlife displays, artifacts from ancient Egypt, exhibits on the Scottish people, a hall of arms and armor, and even a Submarine Spitfire hanging in the main hall of the wing. The "Expression" wing holds a fantastic collection of fine and decorative arts, including Salvador Dalí's celebrated "Crucifixion of St. John of the Cross" painting and select works by renowned artists like Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt, as well as a hall of period Glasgow furnishings by Mackintosh. The main hall has a functioning organ, and daily recitals are played in the afternoon.


Glasgow Central Station

The city's principal railway terminus, which is worth entering for its grand interior, which you can access from Gordon Street on the north side of the building. On the exterior, a feature of note is the massive glass walled bridge (known as the ''Hielanman's Umbrella'') which spans Argyle Street and holds up the tracks and platforms. You can go on a [https://www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk/ tour of the station], which is highly recommended, but booking in advance is essential and places sell quickly. Don't be put off because you aren't interested in trains - the tour is mostly about the history and architecture of the station. The guides are really enthusiastic about railway history and have countless stories to share of the station's place in Glasgow's history: through the industrial revolution, through the war and to the present. You also get to visit an abandoned underground platform! The £13 entry fee goes into a pot earmarked for preserving the station's history and improving the tour.



Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is Scotland's only independent art school offering university level programmes and research in architecture, fine art and design. If you want to create your own art, enrol for evening classes or the summer school. The original building on the campus was seen as one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest buildings, housing one of Britain's pre-eminent schools of art, design and architecture. In May 2014, the Mackintosh building was closed for the foreseeable future due to a major fire which damaged the west wing of the building (that had been added 1907-09), destroying the library. Efforts are ongoing to salvage damaged art works. Due to the closure the original building tour no longer takes place. However a new external tour ('''[http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/mackintosh-at-the-gsa-tour/ Mackintosh at the GSA Tour]''') is available and tells about Mackintosh's role at the Glasgow School of Art. The tour lasts 1 hour.


Celtic Park

Home of the '''[http://www.celticfc.net/ Celtic Football Club]''', the stadium has a capacity of 60,832, making it the biggest "club" stadium in Scotland and the second largest in the UK, behind only Manchester United's Old Trafford ground. Celtic was also the first British football club to become European champions when they won the European Cup in 1967, beating out England's Manchester United by a year. By visiting the Celtic Visitors' Centre, you can take a guided tour of the stadium as well as learn about the history of the club through various informative and impressive exhibitions and an auditorium. The guided tours are available daily at 11am, 12 noon, 1.45pm and 2.30pm (except home matchdays). Saturday matchday tours are available at 9.30, 10.00, 10.30 and 11.00. Adults £8.50, Concessions £5.50 Family Ticket £20 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) Under 5’s are admitted free.



Glasgow Green

The most famous of the Glasgow parks, Glasgow Green was founded by Royal grant in 1450 and has slowly been enclosed by the city and evolved from grazing land into a modern public park. "The Green" as its known to the locals is one of the major venues for concerts and open air events in Glasgow. Among the highlights are the People's Palace and Winter Gardens (covered above), '''Nelson's Memorial''', an obelisk or needle: built to commemorate Nelson's victory at the battle of Trafalgar, the '''Templeton Carpet Factory''', with its ornate brick work (now a business centre), and the '''Doulton Fountain''', the largest terracotta fountain in the world. There is limited official parking in or around the green and the area is notorious for car crime. Be aware the council will tow away illegally parked vehicles and charge you up to £250 to get them back!

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Glasgow University

Founded as an institution in 1451, the University itself is the fourth oldest in the entire United Kingdom, and one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. Contains the '''Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery''' (see below), including a reconstruction of Mackintosh's house. The exterior of the main building is fine in its own right; the current main University building is neo-Gothic and dates from 1870, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (the man who also designed London's St Pancras railway station). The main building has an interesting visitor's centre (open all year round) which is free and sits atop a drumlin with commanding views over Kelvingrove Park and the western fringes of the city.



Campus Accommodation (University of Strathclyde)

These budget ensuite or standard (shared bathroom and toilet) rooms are provided by the university. These rooms are extremely popular for budget travellers. The rooms are basically for university students but are open to the public during vacations. The location is excellent and next to Glasgow Cathedral. The nearest train station is Glasgow High street, and therefore links to Glasgow Central and Exhibition Centre stations. Very handy for conference participants. Local supermarkets and restaurants are within 1/4 miles walk. Unfortunately the rooms don't provide internet access, and you may have go to either internet cafes, local pubs or chained restaurants to get access to internet.


Hampden Park

Scotland's national stadium, capacity 52,063, hosts many large sporting events and concerts and also houses the Scottish Football Museum. The Scottish national football team plays its home games here. Is also home to Queen's Park Football Club. It is probably most famous for hosting the 1960 European Cup Final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt. In more recent times, the UEFA Champion's League Final was held in 2002 between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen and the UEFA Cup Final in 2007 between Seville and Espanyol. It is possible for visitors to have a tour of the stadium and the [http://www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk/ Scottish Football Museum].

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The Chardon d'Or

Owner and head chef ''Brian Maule'' is a former business partner of local hero Gordon Ramsay. When Ramsay began his TV career as a celebrity chef, Maule took the chance to branch out on his own and is now a very highly regarded local institution. The result is Chardon D'Or, opened in 2001 and widely recognised as one of the very best quality restaurants in Glasgow. Owner Brian Maule is also well known for strong links with musicians and entertainers, and his restaurant often offers deals combining concerts or shows with fine dining for one fixed price. A popular choice with local businessmen.


Park Circus

An area of Georgian townhouses laid out in a radial pattern similar to the English city of Bath. This neighbourhood has made the transition from originally being an upmarket residential area to a prestigious office district for mainly legal and consultancy firms, although in recent years there have been moves to encourage the companies back into the city centre and return the buildings to residential use. If you make the effort to walk through Kelvingrove Park, go up to this area as it is worth descending down the grand '''Granite Staircase''', on the south side of the hill facing the river.

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Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

The art gallery contains a world famous Whistler collection, and various temporary exhibitions. It also contains The Mackintosh House, a reconstruction of the principal interiors from the Glasgow home of the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). The separate museum is the oldest public museum in Scotland and has a variety of exhibits, including a display on the Romans in Scotland (featuring items found in the Roman Fort in Bearsden), one on the various dinosaur discoveries found on the Isle of Skye, and various temporary exhibitions.


Nice'N'Sleazy

A great student institution known locally as "Sleazy's" it's a favourite among Glasgow School of Art students, it’s a cross between a bar and a nightclub, and even a coffee shop by day - one of Glasgow’s best established student venues. Live music in the evenings, and just across the road from the seminal Garage nightclub. Open until 03:00 every night of the week, with bands on practically every night also. Gigs are downstairs and bar upstairs plays a variety of alternative/rock/punk. Over 18's only (both bar and gigs).


City Chambers

This imposing structure in George Square was built in 1888 in the Italian Renaissance style and is the headquarters of Glasgow City Council. Tours of the building are available daily, and visitors can see the magnificent marble staircases, lobbies, see the debating chamber and the lavish banqueting hall. Tours take about 45 min. In front the building, '''George Square''', the city's notional centre, is populated by several statues of civic leaders and famous figures from history and is often used for outdoor events.


Willow Tea Rooms

During the temperance movement, the idea of "tearooms", places where you could relax and enjoy non-alcoholic refreshments in differently themed rooms, became popular in Glasgow. This one, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, was the most popular of its time and has been lovingly restored. Make sure to have a look at the Room de Luxe on the second floor (access through the cafe on the first floor). You do not have to purchase anything if you just want to have a look around and ask nicely .


Café Cossachok

65 seat restaurant that opened in 1998 and specialising in dishes from all over the former Soviet Union such as the vegetarian dish of Moldavian Gouvetch, a colourful and winter warming casserole of sweet peppers, potatoes, ginger, peas, aubergines, leek, chilli and garlic served with grilled lavash. Carnivorous Georgians will not go hungry either! Walls are hung with changing exhibitions of oil paintings, pastels, watercolours, prints, ceramics and crafts by artists from around the world.

EAT   —  +44 141 553-0733 —  10 King St

Clyde Auditorium

Affectionately known by Glaswegians as the Armadillo, this building is a concert hall which forms part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre complex. Designed by Lord Norman Foster, and contrary to popular belief, ''not'' inspired by the Sydney Opera House, it is in fact supposed to represent ship's hulls. The auditorium has now garnered some world fame for being the place where the Susan Boyle audition - one of the most downloaded YouTube video clips in history - was filmed.


Republic Bier Halle

Quirky beer pub (as the name suggests), where beers from all over the world are served to you after ordering from a menu. This chain is quickly becoming famous for it's 2-for-1 stonebaked pizza deals, and its recently introduced £5 all-you-can-eat buffet midweek (the main branch on Gordon St will service weekends, but not the sister branches!) While the beers can be quite expensive, you'll be hard pushed to find better quality food for the price in the city centre. A must-visit.

DRINK   —  9 Gordon Street

The Ubiquitous Chip

Of all Ashton Lane's establishments, "The Chip" as it is popularly known by locals is certainly its most celebrated and most famous. Established by the late great Ronnie Clydesdale - a local legend - this local restaurant has been serving up top quality food using Scottish produce since the early 1970s and is frequently lauded as one of Scotland's finest restaurants. On the expensive side, but well worth it. Booking absolutely essential.


Brel

Well known for its Belgian fare, particularly their ''moules'' (''Mussel'') Pots in a variety of flavours. This Bar/Restaurant is set over 3 levels and sells a range of Belgian beers, including Banana and Raspberry, along with a few of the local Scottish favourites. During the warmer weather there is a large Beer Garden at the rear. There is often free live entertainment. ''Food Happy Hour'' M-Su 17:00-19:00

EAT   —  +44 141 342-4966 —  Ashton Lane

Barras

Barras is the essential Glasgow shopping experience. Hundreds of market stalls selling everything you could possibly want and a load of other stuff too. Free entertainment available from time to time when the Police raid the place for counterfeit goods. The market is notorious for counterfeit goods: especially DVDs and clothing. Pirated DVDs should be avoided at all costs, as the quality is often very poor.

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Firhill

Home of the Partick Thistle Football Club, also known as "the Jags" (and not actually in the suburb of Partick - the club is actually located in Maryhill). The stadium has a capacity of 10,887. Partick Thistle matches are a good way to see the Glaswegian passion for 'fitba' (football) without the unpleasantness of the Old Firm rivalry, or the high prices for their games.

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Argyle Arcade

The city's jewellery quarter housing Scotland's largest collection of jewellery shops. The L-shaped arcade connects Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. Shops here vary considerably - there are a selection of cheaper jewellery shops and a selection of luxury prestigious jewellers. Very commonly used as a short cut for shoppers between Buchanan Street and Argyle Street.

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Riverside Museum

Offers an excellent collection of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour. Besides the usual rail locomotives, buses, trams, cars and planes, the museum also includes a recreated subway station and a street scene of old Glasgow. The museum was designed by Zaha Hadid and completed in 2011.


Mitchell Library

One of Glasgow's best public buildings, it is the largest municipal public reference library in Europe. The imposing structure houses a spectacular reading room, although it has to be said much of the Mitchell's extensive collection is housed in the rather ugly 1970s extension attached to the rear. You can easily lose a day in here!

SEE   —  +44 141 287-2999 —  North St

The Three Judges

Lovely West End establishment with a continually changing board of ales from all over the UK on tap as well as a cider. They also have a fantastic selection of imported bottled beers in the fridge and Frambozen on tap. Has won the CAMRA award (Campaign For Real Ale) most years for the past 2 decades. Managed by Maclay Inns & Pubs.

DRINK   —  +44 141 337-3055 —  Partick Cross

Glasgow Cross

This intersection marks the original medieval centre of the city and is dominated by the clock tower of the original City Chambers (destroyed by fire in 1926), and the small hexagonal building known as the Tolbooth. Just to the west on Trongate is the '''Tron Theatre''', a former church that was turned into a prominent theatre.


The Corinthian Club

Wickedly pretentious bar/restaurant converted from an old bank in the centre of Glasgow’s designer shop district with beautifully restored interior fittings. Food served is of a high standard, although drinks can be expensive. Note that a dress code (smart/casual - no sports footwear) is strictly enforced after 6PM.

DRINK   —  191 Ingram Street

The Flying Duck

18y+, dogs allowed. Two distinct areas: kitchen bar with quirky décor, board games and books has a microwave which you can use if you bring in your own food to eat & then there's a big, no frills dance area, with old film footage on big projection screens. Toilets have poetry and art sprawling over the walls.


Rogano

Legendary seafood restaurant just off Buchanan Street, and Glasgow oldest eatery - surviving since the 1930s with most of its original Art Deco interior still intact. Rogano is a Glasgow institution, but beware, especially if you get sucked into their vintage wine list, this place can be extremely expensive.

EAT   —  11 Exchange Place

Waxy O'Connors

Vaguely Irish themed bar with its curious 'Lord of the Rings'-like setting. Spread over six bars, nine rooms and three floors. The premises is a fun place, with steps and stairs running up and down through the maze of rooms and bars, and a rather eclectic mix of "tree trunk" and church gothic interior décor.

DRINK   —  West George Street

The Counting House

Formerly a flagship branch of the Bank of Scotland, you can drink here in the splendour of this old Victorian banking hall. Converted into an open plan bar by the Wetherspoon chain, it’s popular with tourists and locals alike, with quirky features such as the bank vault now being used as a wine cellar.

DRINK   —  George Square

Kelvingrove Park

This is also a very popular park, particularly with the students from the nearby University. The most prominent landmark here is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (covered above) on the banks of the River Kelvin which runs through the park. It also contains a recently constructed skate park.

SEE   —  West End

Sharmanka

A kinetic gallery / theatre. It consists of a number of strange machines created by the Russian artists Eduard Bersudsky. The machines perform stories and the light and sound during the performance adds to a really unique and amazing experience. The full show takes 1h10min, the short one 45min.

SEE   —  +44 141 552-7080 —  Trongate 103

Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre

The city's premier music venue for major headline acts, even if the acoustics of the halls have always been questionable. More intimate gigs are held in the neighbouring '''Clyde Auditorium''' (the armadillo-shaped building). [http://www.secctickets.com/ SECC Tickets] sells tickets for these.


The Horseshoe Bar

Possessing the longest continuous bar in the UK, the rock band Travis used to rehearse upstairs before hitting the big time; as a token of thanks, one of their Brit Awards is displayed behind the bar. Billy Joel has been another famous customer of this establishment when playing in the city.

DRINK   —  17-19 Drury Street

Kingston Bridge

This bridge carries the M8 motorway across the Clyde. Built in 1969, the bridge is far more spectacular to stand beneath than drive over, with an almost cathedral-like vista and a strange aura of calmness that betrays the likely traffic chaos that is going unseen directly above your head.

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Glasgow Cathedral

A fine example of Gothic architecture dating from medieval times and built on a site first consecrated in 397AD. Behind the cathedral atop a steep hill is the '''Necropolis''' cemetery – dominated by the statue of John Knox and described by Victorians as a literal “City of The Dead”.


People's Palace and Winter Gardens

The People's Palace is a great folk museum, telling the history of Glasgow and its people, from various perspectives, displaying details of Glasgow life (including one of Billy Connolly's banana boots). The Winter Gardens, adjacent, is a pleasant greenhouse with a reasonable cafe.


Glasgow Police Museum

The Glasgow police force was the first in the world, dating back to 1779. It's dealt with a number of famous cases and many of the paraphernalia relating to some of these are in this museum. There's also a section dealing with the history of police forces throughout the world.

SEE   —  +44 141 552-1818 —  30 Bell St

The Saracen Head

Nicknamed the “Sarry Heid” by locals, this old school pub (began in 1755, although in a different building) lies at the gateway to the Barrowlands area and the East End. Like all pubs in the area it becomes an exclusive haunt of Celtic fans on match days, and gets very rowdy.

DRINK   —  209 Gallowgate

The Lighthouse

This is the former Glasgow Herald building completed by Mackintosh. It houses the Centre for Design & Architecture, which show changing exhibitions and host events. From there you also have access to the '''Mackintosh Tower''', which offers great views over Glasgow.


Sloans

Boasts to be 'the oldest bar and restaurant in Glasgow'. You can sit outside if you wish, or try the bistro or other menus. They offer other activities, such as a cinema-EAT experience, ceilidh dancing and more recently various music nights in the upstairs ballroom.

EAT   —  Argyle Arcade

Buchanan Galleries

A large shopping mall in the heart of the city centre which has all the usual British high street stores, its anchor tenant is the John Lewis partnership, regularly voted best store in Britain and with unusually knowledgeable and conscientious sales staff.

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Little Italy

More of a café than a restaurant, the pizzas, coffee and hot chocolate are phenomenal. Authentic Italian feel to it. A great place for lunch or an informal dinner, or a pizza after a night out in Ashton Lane. A must if you are in the west end of Glasgow.

EAT   —  205 Byres Rd

Oran Mor Whisky Bar

The bar has a large selection of whiskies. It's a great starting point for the beginner. if you make yourself known to the staff as something of a newbie, then somebody in here will certainly be able to guide you through the different regions and tastes.

DRINK   —  +44 141 357-6200 —  Byres Road

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

This is the home of '''[http://www.rsno.org.uk/ The Royal Scottish National Orchestra]''', one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras. It also produces the world famous '''[http://www.celticconnections.com/ Celtic Connections Festival]''' every January.


The Mackintosh Church

The only church designed by Mackintosh (in 1896), in a simple style for its original use as a free church, later becoming a Church of Scotland church until 1976. It is now the headquarters of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, with a small shop.

SEE   —  870 Garscube Road

Beersbridge Lodge Guesthouse

Overlooks the Kelvingrove Park in Central Glasgow, just 50 yards from Sauchiehall Street. Full central heating and a friendly atmosphere. All rooms are double with en-suite facilities, tea/coffee making facilities and colour TVs with Sky Satellite.


The Pot Still

At a few blocks north of Central Station. It stocks over 300 single malt whiskeys (as well as other drinks, of course), and the staff really know their stuff. It's also an excellent example of a traditional British pub, with a great atmosphere.

DRINK   —  154 Hope Street

Glasgow Long Stay

10 min from the airport. There are parking bays for Blue Badge holders near the bus stops. The courtesy coaches are wheelchair accessible and DDA compliant. Safety measures: 24 hours a day, has 24-hour CCTV, and is fully fenced and floodlit.


The Polo Lounge

The upstairs bar is tastefully decorated in a Victorian style and is a great place to relax with friends. Downstairs boasts two dance areas, one playing all your pop favourites, the other chart and dance tunes. The crowd here is very mixed.

DRINK   —  +44 141 553-1221 —  84 Wilson St

The Pavilion Theatre

The only privately run theatre in Scotland. It was founded in 1904 and has seen many of the greatest stars of music hall perform there: most famously Charlie Chaplin. Nowadays it features mainly 'popular' theatre, musicals and comedy.


Di Maggio's

On Royal Exchange Square, Merchant City and on West Nile Street, City Centre. Locally owned chain of family-friendly Italian restaurants with several outlets in the city and outlying towns. Good value and usually no need to book.

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Stravaigin

Established by Ronnie Clydesdale (of Ubiquitous Chip fame), this award winning gastro-pub offers a wide selection of both European and World cuisine made from Scottish ingredients. Also renowned for its creative cocktails.

EAT   —  +44 141 334-2665 —  28 Gibson St

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)

Primarily a teaching college but is also Glasgow's busiest performing arts venue, hosting over 500 events a year. Primarily classical and contemporary music, ballet and dance, musical theatre, and contemporary drama.

DO   —  100 Renfrew Street

The Devoncove Hotel

A non-too-modern hotel located at the further end of the street from the city centre. Clean and comfortable, as one would expect for that price, but don't expect 5 star treatment! Buses to the city centre for £1.10.


Princes Square

An upmarket mall specialising in designer clothes shops, jewellery and audio equipment. Grande Dame of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood has a store as well as a separate jewellery concession in Princes Square.

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Ashoka Restaurants

Check out the '''Ashoka West End''' (''1284 Argyle Street, near Kelvingrove''), the '''Ashoka at Ashton Lane''' or '''Kama Sutra''' (''Sauchiehall Street'') - all of which are owned by the local Ashoka chain.

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The Dakhin

Sister restaurant to The Dhabba, about 50 yards further north on the same street, but this time specialising in South Indian cuisine it has some great pre-theatre deals and is lauded as much as its sibling.

EAT   —  89 Candleriggs

Jamie's Italian

Glasgow branch of the Jamie Oliver empire, although there is little chance of seeing the man himself. No bookings policy, but there have been stories of people being turned away due to overly casual dress.

EAT   —  7 George Square

Gallery of Modern Art

This gallery houses a terrific collection of recent paintings and sculptures, with space for new exhibitions. In the basement is one of Glasgow's many public libraries, with free internet access and cafe.


Cafe India

The original Cafe India in Charing Cross was a Glasgow institution before it was burned down in 2006. Now reborn in the Merchant City area, it's re-established itself as one of the city's top curry spots.


The Tunnel

With the Sub Club and the Arches one of Glasgow's premier dance clubs: frequently hosts top DJ's from round the world, although doesn't quite have The Arches' or the Sub Club's 'underground' reputation.

DO   —  Mitchell Street

The Hall

Catering for Glasgow School of Art. Part of the Stonegate chain of student pubs with their famous "Yellow Card" promotions. Note that entry may be restricted to NUS cardholders only during peak times.

DRINK   —  457 Sauchiehall Street

St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art

This museum features exhibits relating not only to Glasgow's patron saint and the growth of Christianity in the city, but numerous exhibits pertaining to many faiths practised locally and worldwide.


Holmwood House

Now run by the National Trust, and currently in the process of being renovated, Holmwood House is one of the best examples of the work of Glasgow's other great architect: Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.


Bar Buddha

The original branch on St. Vincent Street is now closed - and mourned by its fans for being arguably far more atmospheric than its successor, but still a quirky style bar with bags of character.

DRINK   —  408 Sauchiehall Street

St Enoch Centre

Europe's largest glass roofed building - this huge mall is on St Enoch Square between Argyle Street and Buchanan Street, and a major extension and refurbishment programme was completed in 2010.

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Titan Crane

A fully preserved (despite being over 100 years old) crane as used in the Glasgow shipbuilders John Brown Engineering. Great views of Glasgow from the top of the crane: guided tours available.

SEE   —  +44 141 952-3771 —  Cart Street

The Crystal Palace

Another Wetherspoons establishment, good for evening football; and good place to meet up if you are heading across to the O2 Academy or the Citizen’s Theatre on the other side of the river.

DRINK   —  Jamaica Street

Pivo Pivo

This bar has a very good selection of beers both on tap and bottled. It is also popular for live music as well. Just round the corner for hope street and they proudly don't sell Tennent's.


Greenbank House and Gardens

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, make for a pleasant day out in one of Glasgow's leafier suburbs. The gardens have proven to be an inspiration to gardeners throughout the world.

SEE   —  Flenders Road

Bunkum Backpackers Hostel

Hostel with dorm accommodation from £12. No curfew or lockout, free linen is provided. Moderately equipped kitchen. Small independent hostel on a quiet street near the vibrant West End.

SLEEP   —  +44 141 581-4481 —  26 Hillhead St

Glasgow Science Centre

Has hundreds of interactive science exhibits for children, an IMAX cinema, and the 125-meter '''Glasgow Tower''', the only tower in the world which can rotate 360 degrees from its base.


Burrell Collection

This is a collection of over 9,000 artworks gifted to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell and housed in a purpose-built museum in the Pollok Estate in the south of the city.


Queen Margaret Union

The more quirky and laid back QM - the other official student union of The University of Glasgow. Also open to matriculating students from any one of the city's three universities.

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The Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre

A fully functioning Scottish whisky distillery, with guided tours and a visiting centre. The basic (classic) tour takes 60min and includes one whisky. Other tours are available.


Botanic Gardens

A major park in the West End (the most popular aside from Kelvingrove), the Botanic Gardens contains extensive tropical and temperate plant collections from around the world.


Citizens Theatre

One of the most famous theatres in the world, and has launched the careers of many international movie and theatre stars. It specialises in contemporary and avant-garde work.


Balti Club

Arguably one of the finest Indian takeaway in the West End with a proud record and loyal following. Home delivery daily until midnight (Sa-Su 04:00). Order on-line to save.

EAT   —  66 Woodlands Rd

Airparks Glasgow

Safety measures: high-fencing, floodlights, 24-hour CCTV and security patrols. Trailers are permitted within this car park at Glasgow but an extra space will be charged.


Killermont Polo Club

Upmarket Indian restaurant on the main route out to the affluent north western suburbs of the city. Set in a clubhouse setting, it has won numerous awards and accolades.


Failte

Independent Irish themed pub and a good place to have a banter with the locals. Like most Irish themed pubs in the city, it gets impossibly crowded on Celtic match days.


Glasgow University Union

The “establishment” GUU - one of The University of Glasgow's two official student unions. Open to matriculating students from any one of the city's three universities.

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Amadeus Guest House

At the heart of Glasgow's West End, offers family run friendly guest accommodation and breakfast, in bright, clean and airy rooms. Wifi available at a small charge.


Il Pavone Restaurant

Regarded as one of the most established, hospitable and fashionable Italian restaurants in Glasgow (within 2 minutes walking distance from Glasgow Central Station).

EAT   —  48 Buchanan Street

Chillies West End

In a fantastic location just outside the city centre, but not quite in to the west end. Offers a unique way to sample many Indian dishes with a tapas style menu.

EAT   —  176-182 Woodlands Rd

The Barrowland Ballroom

The Barrowlands, as it is commonly known, is arguably the city's most famous and most respected live venue - famous for its sprung floor and excellent acoustics.


Babbity Bowsters

Notable for its fine range of imported lagers, the bar meals are excellent. You can even sit outside in the quaint little beer garden (when it is not raining).


Tall Ship

The ''Glenlee'' was built in 1896 and is one of only five Clydebuilt sailing ships that remain afloat in the world today, now restored and open to the public.


Scotland Street School

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's last major building - thoughtfully designed, with an excellent museum covering both Mackintosh and the changing faces of schools.


Glasgow Grand Central

This grandiose olde worlde railway hotel - once one of the city's most prestigious hotels - has been recently refurbished and restored to its former glory.


The Classic Grand

A former adult cinema now re-purposed as an alternative music venue. Serves the rock/metal/punk/alternative scene 4 nights a week with drinks as low as £1.

DO   —  18 Jamaica Street

The Red Onion

Perched high up on Blythswood Hill, this locally owned restaurant uses local produce within international dishes produced by recognised chef John Quigley.


Radisson Blu Hotel

5-star hotel located on the edge of the financial district and literally next door to Central railway station - noted for its distinctive copper façade.

SLEEP   —  +44 141 204-3333 —  301 Argyle St

Provand's Lordship

Glasgow's oldest remaining house, built in 1471, has been renovated to give visitors and idea what the inside of a Glasgow house was like circa 1700.


Mister Singh's India

The flagship branch of the Ashoka/Harlequin chain and is notable for its waiting staff who wear kilts. Booking is advisable Thursday-Sunday evenings.


Oran Mor

Restaurant, pub, nightclub, theatrical and music venue. Due to its late opening hours, this venue now lies at the heart of the West End social scene.


Clyde Arc

A relatively new and prominent bridge over the River Clyde that has an elegant curved design and is unique for how it crosses the river at an angle.

SEE   —  Map

Khublai Khan's

A unique Mongolian Barbeque restaurant that allows you to create your own stir-fry dishes over and over while sampling meat from around the globe.

EAT   —  26 Candleriggs

The Grill Room at The Square

Just along from Roganos, this classy establishment has made a name for itself under the leadership of chef David Friel. Quite pricey but worth it.


Arisaig

Another celebrated Glasgow eatery, bar and brasserie notable for its extensive list of wines and Scottish malt whiskies. Also has music nights.


Tenement House

A National Trust for Scotland site, a middle class Glasgow tenement house preserved in pretty much the way it was in the early 20th century.


Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre

91 guest bedrooms and free Wi-Fi in the Victorian city centre but moderate prices are usually only obtained by booking 21 days in advance.


Transmission Gallery

A gallery set up in 1983 by ex-students of the Glasgow School of Art as a hub for the local art community and to provide exhibition space.


The Coronation

A Glasgow institution sitting at the gateway into the Barrowlands area - the usual friendly Glaswegian reception and competitively priced.

EAT   —  Gallowgate

Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel

From late June to the late August the SYHA run this Glasgow School of Art student residence as a hostel with single rooms (some ensuite).


Tradeston Pedestrian Bridge

The bridge crosses the river west of the M8 motorway and is nicknamed the "Squiggly Bridge" by locals because of its distinctive S-shape.

SEE   —  Map

Fossil Grove

The remains of an ancient forest, around 330 million years old. This is the only example of a preserved forest from this period on Earth.


Pancho Villas

A Mexican restaurant that is often very busy of an evening especially towards the end of the week, so it is best to make a reservation.


St Enoch Subway Station

The original subway station, a quaint overground building now used as a chain coffee shop, sits in the middle of St Enoch Square.


Blythswood Square

Brand new 5-star boutique hotel and spa converted from the old Royal Scottish Automobile Club headquarters in Blythswood Square.


Citylink Air

Non-stop express coach service from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport with journey times of about 60min.


The Arches

Running one of the UK's best techno nights; Pressure. Note: this is also a theatrical and arts venue, a pub and restaurant.

DO   —  253 Argyle Street

Sofias

Excellent quality restaurant; does not offer table bookings - just show up and ask for a table. You won't be waiting long.

EAT   —  337 Byres Road

Shish Mahal

Affectionately known simply as "The Shish" by its regulars, this family run establishment has been here for over 50 years.


Holiday Inn Express (Glasgow Airport)

Modern hotel, 2 minutes from Glasgow Airport, providing comfortable air conditioned guest rooms, free breakfast and WiFi.


Carlton George Hotel

4-Star Boutique hotel located in the heart of the city - on George Square and near Buchanan Street and the City Chambers.


Holiday Inn Express (Glasgow City Centre Riverside)

In the heart of Glasgow, a modern hotel with 128 air conditioned guest rooms, licensed bar, free hot breakfast and WiFi.


De Courcy's Arcade

An unusual little shopping arcade by yer maws with lots of second hand music and book shops and independent gift shops.

BUY   —  Cresswell Lane

Hilton Glasgow

5-Star luxury hotel in the centre of the financial district, with easy access to the M8 motorway and Glasgow Airport.


Cafe Gandolfi

A real Glasgow institution, serving fine locally sourced food in a relaxed atmosphere. Great food and great service.

EAT   —  64 Albion Street

Gamba

Winner of The List's (local listing magazine) 'Best Restaurant in Glasgow' award, 2003 and 2004. Two AA rosettes.


Jack McPhees

Chain of sit down restaurants with table service. Slightly more expensive than a takeaway, but excellent quality.


Kushion

Mediterranean basement theme bar, restaurant and nightclub. Close to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. Student friendly.

DRINK   —  158-166 Bath Street

Hilton Grosvenor

Hilton's other Glasgow branch in the heart of the West End with easy access to centre and local attractions.


Sub Club

Rated one of the best clubs in the world from house to techno to whatever takes your fancy. Founded in 1987.

DO   —  22 Jamaica Street

The King's Theatre

Glasgow's major 'traditional' theatre. It is over 100 years old, and in the midst of a major refurbishment.

DO   —  297 Bath Street

Bunker

Popular bar with office workers from the nearby financial area, and a good base to start a night out from.


Blackfriars

Great range of local and other beers/ales both in bottles and draught form, sometimes does live music.

DRINK   —  +44 141 552-5924 —  36 Bell Street

The Scotia Bar

One of Glasgow's oldest bars (established 1792). Famous for its folk music and 'traditional' ambiance.


West Brewery Bar

A restaurant and micro brewery serving traditional food and German style lager and hefeweizen beers.

DRINK   —  +44 141 550-0135 —  Glasgow Green

Glasgow Coffeeshop (SYHA)

2 Internet terminals available in the basement cafe of Glasgow Youth Hostel, non-residents welcome.

OTHER   —  +44 141 332-8299 —  8 Park Terrace

Da Vinci's

24 hour dining in this handily positioned sit-down takeaway near many of the city's nightclubs.


Cineworld

The tallest cinema building (62 metres) in the world offers 18 screens to see mainstream films.

DO   —  7 Renfrew Street

Offshore Coffee Shop

Offers free wireless access and has good coffee. There is also an art gallery in the basement.

OTHER   —  Gibson Street

West Brewery Tour

A 45 minute tour through the microbrewery with tasting session. It is best to book in advance.


Mono

Vegan café and bar with live music. Their turkish-style lamachan pizza is to be recommended!


The Dhabba

Authentic North Indian restaurant located in the Merchant City and has won numerous awards.

EAT   —  44 Candleriggs

Strathclyde University Union

Notable for once being officially Scotland’s largest pub with 6 bars spread over 10 levels.

DRINK   —  90 John Street

Marriott Glasgow

4-star hotel in the financial district, with good access to the city centre and West End.


Underground

Mixed and relaxed crowd. Small and friendly bar with drag bingo on a Saturday afternoon.

DRINK   —  +44 141 553-2456 —  6a John Street

St Andrew's in the Square

A restored 18th-century church turned arts venue that puts on classical music and folk.


Drygate Brewery Tour

The brewery tour takes 45 min and includes a tasting of three 1/3 pints of their beer.


The 78

Organic/vegan pub & restaurant. Try their burger and nachos! Live music on Thursdays.


The Riverside Club

Glasgow's top ceilidh (Scottish country dancing) venue on Friday and Saturday nights.

DO   —  33 Fox Street

La Parmigiana

One of the best of the West End's Italian restaurants, but more upmarket than most.


House for an Art Lover

Built in the 1990s to Mackintosh's original 1901 entry for a design competition.


Bart&Urby's

American diner-style local pub food. Beers and ales as well as whisky varieties.


Strata

Award winning gastropub split over two levels. Well known for its cocktail bar.

DRINK   —  45 Queen Street

Jurys Inn

Popular chain hotel centrally located near Central Station and Argyle Street.


Euro Hostel

Right in the centre of town. Has dorm beds, private rooms, doubles and twins.

SLEEP   —  +44 141 222-2828 —  318 Clyde St

Merchant City Festival

Arts and music festival held annually in late July/early August. Free events.

OTHER   —  Map

Centre for Contemporary Arts

Shows films, though it's primarily an art gallery. It's also a concert venue.


Hilton Garden Inn (Glasgow City Centre)

A central boutique hotel offers a restaurant, bar, meeting venue and events.

SLEEP   —  +44 141 240-1002 —  Finnieston Quay

Stereo

City Centre venue with regular indie gigs downstairs, bar and cafe upstairs.

DO   —  Map

The Theatre Royal

First opened in 1867, it puts on mainly 'serious' theatre, opera and ballet.

DO   —  282 Hope Street

Hummingbird

Bar/club/restaurant with extremely stylish, avant-garde decor and 4 floors.

DRINK   —  186 Bath Street

Radio

Mixed and relaxed crowd. Small and friendly bar with a great theme nights.

DRINK   —  +44 141 334-6688 —  Ashton Lane

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT)

Excellent choice of classics, as well as art and foreign-language movies.

DO   —  +44 141 332-8128 —  12 Rose St

Clockwork Beer Co

A brewpub that also offers tours for up to 5 people with 3 tasting beers.


Stereo

Vegan pub. Has some interesting dishes, like burritos with spicy haggis.

EAT   —  22-28 Renfield Lane

The Ark

Catering for Strathclyde/Caledonian Universities. Has a big beer garden.

DRINK   —  North Frederick Street

Beer Cafe

Wide range of local and imported beers both in bottles and draught form.

DRINK   —  Candleriggs

Bluesky Hostel

Hostel with dorm accommodation. Dorm beds and double rooms available.

SLEEP   —  +44 141 221-1710 —  65 Berkeley St

The State

A good ale venue and a cosy proper pub if you're sick of trendy bars.

DRINK   —  148-148a Holland Street

Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

One of Scotland's most exclusive hotels - popular with celebrities.


Mussel Inn

Good quality fish restaurant. Has a sister restaurant in Edinburgh.

EAT   —  157 Hope Street

Glasgow Youth Hostel

150 beds split into dorms and family/private rooms (all en-suite).

SLEEP   —  +44 141 332-3004 —  8 Park Terrace

Crowne Plaza

4-star hotel on the riverbank and next door to the SECC complex.


King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

Where both Oasis and local favourites Glasvegas were discovered.


Katie's Bar

located in the very trendy Italian Centre of the Merchant City.

DRINK   —  17 John Street

Maggie May's

Pub/restaurant with a lively programme of up and coming bands.


Byres Road

Check out the chichi shops and vintage stores in the West End

BUY   —  Map

The Alpen Lodge

Great little bar with classic fast service and local banter.

DRINK   —  25 Hope Street

Malmaison Glasgow

Modern boutique hotel located in a former Episcopal Church.


The Fast Food Shop

Ideal for guilt-free snacking on the way home from the pub.


AXM

Over two levels with all you could want from a gay club.


Hotel ibis (Glasgow City Centre)

2-star Glasgow branch of this popular French chain.


13th Note

Music venue, art gallery and vegetarian/vegan cafe.


Victoria Park

Considered to be the prettiest park in Glasgow.


Street Level Photoworks

An alternative art gallery/installation space.

SEE   —  +44 141 552-2151 —  Trongate 103

The West End Festival

Arts and music festival held annually in June.

OTHER   —  Map

Bon Accord

Has over 230 whiskies. Also offers real ales.

DRINK   —  153 North Street

GoGlasgow Urban Hotel

Offers restaurant and leisure facilities.


Amarone

Stylish restaurant with excellent menu.


Esca

Good and inexpensive but often busy.


Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Held yearly throughout March/April.

OTHER   —  Map

Glasgow Film Festival

Held every year in February/March.

OTHER   —  Map

The Tron Theatre

Specialises in contemporary works.


Mings Restaurant

Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.


The Soundhaus

Underground techno and house.

DO   —  47 Hydepark Street

Tchai Ovna

Tea house with veggie food.


Glasgow International Jazz Festival

Held every year in June.

OTHER   —  Map

Rufus T. Firefly

Rock and metal music.

DRINK   —  207 Hope Street

The Solid Rock Cafe

Rock and metal music.

DRINK   —  19 Hope Street

SACO Apartments

Serviced apartment.


McLays Guest House

Guest House.


Queen's Park

SEE   —  Map

Bellahouston Park

SEE   —  Map

Yumla

EAT   —  80 Miller St

The Vale

DO   —  Dundas St

The Cathouse

DO   —  Union St


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