If you're ever in Scotland, one of the cities you definitely should visit Glasgow. The city is located just a short hour from Edinburgh, either by bus or train. It's also significantly larger and more urban than traditional Edinburgh, I love the vibe here.
The first time I went here was in June, for a casual day trip with my sister, who was visiting, and we did lots of touristy things. Two days after we went again, to experience a day at TRNSMT Festival, to do some research for my dissertation. I also spent 20 hours here the day before moving back to Norway, to finally see Britney Spears live. From my trips I've collected a few things worth seeing if you're in the city for less than 24 hours in the city.
GLASGOW CITY GUIDE
As mentioned I've been to Glasgow a few times over the summer, however there is still so much I would like to see so I've added a few things I'd like to try the next time I'm in town.
If you're looking for shopping in Glasgow, the style mile in the city center is the perfect place to go, and it's a short walk from the train stations. In Buchanan Street, you'll find stores such as:
ART & MUSEUMS
One of the best things about the UK, in general, is that the museums are usually free, except for some exhibitions. Why not save some money and explore some of the museums Glasgow has to offer?
This was our first stop when arriving in Glasgow, we took the subway from the train station to get here. It's a nice introduction to the city, showcasing some of Glasgow's famous art and history, as well as exhibitions from all over the world.
lies just a short walk from Kelvingrove. Prepare for lots of Hogwarts vibes within these beautiful buildings.
Scotland's most visited art gallery and the center for Glasgow's extensive modern and contemporary art collection.
The Huntarian houses the work of Scottish architect, designer and artist Charles Mackintosh, and his wife, the artist Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh.
The People’s Palace is set in historic Glasgow Green. It gives an uniquw view into how Glaswegians lived. The Winter Gardens are set to the side of the People's Palace where you can wander among the exotic palms and plants or enjoy a coffee or lunch at the café.
Museum of Transport and travel, Riverside is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles and in 2013 won the European Museum of the Year award and it is free to enter.
FANCY A BITE?🍴
As I have only been to the city a few times, these are the places I've tried and recommend:
Cafe Wander 🍳☕️
A hidden gem, and the perfect for breakfast/brunch, a lot of locals goes here.
Location: 110A West George Street, G2 1QJ.
Fancy some afternoon tea? Try the Willow Tea Rooms.
Burger place (obvi), their falafel burgers are delicious, especially with a Corona out in the sun.
Location: next to the gallery of modern art - 6 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AB.
Even though my friend who I was traveling with had already been here before, we spent some time locating it as we didn't have the name or address of it. She recommended Dirty Burger, and it was so good.
Location: 117 Bath Street, G2 2SZ.
CITY BUS TOURS
When leaving the University of Glasgow, why not jump on one of the City Sightseeing bus tours to save time and see most of the city sights. You get to know a lot about history, see famous buildings, and some of the paintings of the city mural trail.
GO SEE A GIG
Glasgow is known for its vibrant music scene, and I would highly recommend checking to see what's happening when you're there. I myself went for a day at TRNSMT Festival in July to see performances by Frans Ferdinand and The Killers. I also got to see Britney Spears & Pitbull at the SSE Hydro Arena.
WHERE TO STAY
I've only stayed overnight in Glasgow once, and I highly recommend it as it's in walking distance to both the city centre and the SSE Hydro arena. We stayed here overnight when we went to the Britney Spears concert. It was nice and had a decent price for three persons staying one night.
Location: 80 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QG.
Glasgow's only 5star hotel and it looks so nice with their outdoor balcony and penthouse suites.
Location: 11 Blythswood Square, G2 4AD.
I hope you liked my Glasgow city guide, I still have so much yet to discover in this city, feel free to drop a comment with your best Glasgow Tips.
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