People make Glasgow, so the saying goes. And it's true, you'll struggle to find a warmer welcome.
Of course, the exquisite architecture, culture, live music and colourful festival scene also give this city serious character. Not forgetting the stunning Scottish wilderness on its doorstep.
The airport is just 8 miles (13km) from town and easy to reach by bus, train or taxi, or hire a car with LCY before you go. Central Glasgow is easy to walk around, or venture further using public transport such as the famous ‘clockwork orange’ subway.
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Neighbourhoods To See
City centre: For culture, dining and nightlife
Glasgow’s lively, historic heart is set out in a US-style grid pattern. Watch live events or passers-by in George Square, take in the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and shop along Buchanan Street, keeping an eye out for unusual street art.
West End: For laid-back leafy cool
Ramble around Byers Road to uncover quirky lanes filled with indie shops, amazing food and a busy café culture. Also worth a view are the University of Glasgow, Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
East End: Creativity meets heritage
Home to some of the city’s most ancient landmarks, including the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and Victorian Necropolis. The Barras market hosts a dizzying range of traders and The People’s Palace showcases the city’s unique personality.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Behind the impressive Victorian red sandstone exterior is an eclectic mix of exhibits, from a Spitfire to Salvador Dali’s masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross.
This area’s packed with cool bars, restaurants and boutiques, alongside the imposing Gallery of Modern Art and the Duke of Wellington’s statue, permanently topped with a traffic cone.
The People’s Palace
This social history museum tells of the story of Glasgow’s people. Close by you’ll find the Victorian glasshouse Winter Garden and the extraordinary Templeton on the Green, a former carpet factory.
Modelled on Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, this Victorian city of the dead has 37 acres of garden and 3500+ monuments alongside the 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral.
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
Scotland’s oldest museum incorporates Mackintosh House, a recreation of the celebrated Glasgow architect’s home. Find more Charles Rennie Mackintosh style at the Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street.
Food and Drink
Take your pick from the beefiest of burgers to fine dining from Scotland’s rich larder. Glasgow's food scene has it all, from excellent curries to fresh seafood to vegan haggis. Don’t forget to sample some whiskies…
JANUARY | Celtic Connections
A rousing programme of concerts, ceilidhs and impromptu pub performances of folk, roots and world music.
JANUARY | Burns Night
On January 25th, Scots celebrate the life of Ayrshire-born poet Robert Burns with Burns Suppers country-wide.
MARCH | Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Big-name comics and emerging talent come together in the city that gave us Sir Billy Connolly.
JUNE | West End Festival
A three-week arts treat topped off with a flamboyant Mardi Gras-style parade.
JULY | Merchant City Festival
Enjoy a fizzy mix of art, drama, dance and comedy in the heart of the city.
AUGUST | World Pipe Band Championships
Hear the traditional pipes and drums played by the very best from across the globe.