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Destinations > UK > Scotland > Glasgow guide

Glasgow is truly a visually stunning city. Rich in stunning architecture, history and heritage, plus the surrounding area of the Clyde Valley is teeming with natural scenic beauty. Every were you look or turn in Glasgow you are greeted with charm and splendor. Glasgow also has so much to offer in entertainment what ever your interest, weather you are there for the culture, history or nightlife. There is so much to do in cultural activities and entertainment with plenty of fun and excitement to be had in this city with its own glowing personality.
Glasgow is the largest retail center in the UK outside of London and in 1999 celebrated its reign as the UK's city of Architecture and Design. There is everything from excellent retail therapy, award winning museum and galleries to country parks and gardens. The surrounding towns and villages are also excellent for shopping for unusual gifts and souvenirs.
Why not escape into the surrounding countryside for a break from this dynamic cultural center. The Clyde Nature Reserve is home to amazing wildlife and remarkable scenery, which offers a peaceful and wondrous exploration into the surrounding countryside. Glasgow makes an excellent central base to explore the region and surrounding sites. Just a short drive North and you will be at the shores of Loch Lomond.
However you decided to spend your time in Glasgow you will discover a land that will remain in your memory for a long time. Scotland is a country enriched by a history filled with ancient myths and heroic endeavor. Glasgow is a perfect place to start this exploration and is a place that has captured the imagination of many generations.

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Gallery of Modern Art
Enjoy four floors of today's finest paintings, sculptures and much more from around the world.
Location: Queen Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 229 1996

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Weather you like fine art or dinosaurs you are sure to find both here.
Location: Kelvingrove, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 287 2699

Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery & Theatre
Watch the amazing theatre created by Eduard Bersudsky's mechanical sculptures, all of which are created from carved wooden figures and bits of old junk. The performance is unique and enchanting what ever your age.
Location: 2nd Floor, 14 King Street, Trongate, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 552 7080

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Here you can enjoy from many fine arts and artifacts, including Salvador Dali's "Christ of St. John of the Cross". Plus an insight into religious faiths throughout the world.
Location: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 553 2557

Glasgow Film Theatre
Location: 12 Rose Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 332 6535

City Hall
Location: Candleriggs Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 287 5008

Citizens Theatre
Location: 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 429 0022

Center for Contemporary Arts
Location: 270 Sauchiehall Street (At McLellan Galleries) Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 332 7521

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Location: 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 332 6633

Henry Wood Hall
Location: 73 Claremont Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 225 3555

King's Theatre
Location: 256 Bath Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 248 5153

The Mitchell Theatre
Location: 6 Granville Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 287 4855

The Old Fruit Market
Location: Albion Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 287 5023

Tron Theatre
Location: 63 Trongate, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 552 4267



Glasgow Cathedral
This Cathedral is a stunning example of a complete pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral and is one of the most magnificent buildings of Medieval Scotland.
Location: Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 552 6891

Glasgow Science Center
Here you can enjoy many exhibits devoted to modern science, with many highlights on Glasgow's past, present and future. Plus there is a 120-seat planetarium.
Location: 60 Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 420 5000

Govan Old Parish Church
The church was built in 1884 on an early Christian site. Today it contains 30 fine examples of early Christian sculpted stones, including the restored 9th century Sarcophagus.
Location: 840 Govan Road
Telephone: 0141 445 1941

Crookston Castle
Originally built in the 12th century, the tower has links with Mary Queen of Scots.
Location: Crookston, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 883 9606

The Tenement House
Explore the living conditions in Glasgow in the first half of the 20th century in this recreated Victorian Tenement Flat.
Location: 145 Buccleuch Street, Garnethill, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 333 0183

Tolbooth Steeple
Until Victorian times this magnificent seven-story tower, which was built in 1626, marked the center of Glasgow.
Location: Glasgow Cross, Glasgow

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour
Explore the Glenlee of 1896 on this onboard adventure.
Location: Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 339 0631

Museum of Piping
Explore and discover the history of the world famous highland bagpipe.
Location: 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 353 0220



Glasgow is with out a doubt one of the best nights out in Britain. The club scene has literally exploded and you are sure to find a club that caters for your musical taste. If clubbing is not your thing there are plenty of theatres, opera houses and alternative music venues to enjoy.

Location: Queen Street

Location: Royal Exchange Square

Planet Peach
Location: Queen Street

Location: Queen Street

Location: Bath Lane

The Garage
Location: Sauchiehall Street

The Sub Club
Location: Jamaica Street

The Velvet Rooms
Location: Sauchiehall Street

Location: Pitt Street

The Temple
Location: Pitt Street

The Arches
Location: Midland Street

The Bedsit
Location: Park Drive

Fury Murrys
Location: Maxwell Street

Mad Dog
Location: The Soundhaus, Hydepark Street
(1st Saturday of Month till 5am, takes you back to the good old days of underground clubbing)



Scotland is literally alive with colorful, vibrant history and Glasgow is no exception. From castles to cathedrals Glasgow has it all.
One of the largest and finest13 century stone castles in Scotland, Bothwell castle stands just outside Glasgow in Uddingstone, this castle was much fort over during the Wars of Independence. Glasgow itself is home to a magnificent medieval cathedral and is a rare example of a complete pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral.
Glasgow has seen many wars and holds many legends, throughout the ages has also been home too many famous sons. It is not hard to see how a city so rich in history and heritage has shaped this stunning city of today.



Glasgow has four leisure centers: Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, which is home to Fitness suite, track sports hall and climbing wall. Tollcross Park and Scotstoun leisure centers, which both have 10 lane swimming pools and fitness suites. Scotstoun also has indoor and outdoor tennis and 8 court sports hall. The North Woodside Leisure center also has swimming, fitness classes and hi-tec fitness suite and a luxurious health suite. So there is no shortage of leisure centers with a number of activities.
Glasgow is an ideal location for many activities in the surrounding area from water skiing on Loch Lomond to exploring the local countryside by car, bike or foot.Loch Lomond Water Ski Club
Location: Mullen's Cruises, Riverside, Balloch
Telephone: 01389 753 000Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena
Location: Argyle Street, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 357 2525Tollcross Park Leisure Center
Location: Wellshot Road, Tollcross, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 763 2345North Woodside Leisure Center
Location: 10 Braid Square, Woodside, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 332 8102Scotstoun Leisure Center
Location: Danes Drive, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 959 4000



It is not surprising that there are literally hundreds of pubs and bars in Glasgow. There is everything from traditional drinking holes to more modern venues and lively venues. Were ever you are in Glasgow you are sure to not be far from some were to get a quick pint or to relax the afternoon away





Cul De Sac Westend
Location: 44-46 Ashton Lane
Telephone: 0141 334 4749

Malmaisom Brasserie
Location: 278 West George Street
Telephone: 0141 572 1001


Crème de la Crème
Location: 1071 Argyle Street
Telephone: 0141 221 3222

Kama Sutra
Location: 331 Sauchiehall Street
Telephone: 0141 576 5123

Mr Singh's
Location: 149 Elderslie Street
Telephone: 0141 204 0186


Café Mal
Location: 278 West George Street
Telephone; 0141 572 1000

Ciao Italia
Location: 441-445 Sauchiehall Street
Telephone: 0141 332 4565

Il Pavone Italian
Location: Unit 14 The Court Yard, Princes Square
Telephone: 0141221 0543

L'Ariosto Ristorante
Location: 92 Mitchell Street
Telephone; 0141 221 0971

The North Rotunda
Location: 28 Tunnel Street
Telephone: 0141 204 1238

Location: 18 Gibson Street
Telephone; 0141 341 0999

The Kaldi's Bistro
Location: 38 Causeyside Street
Telephone: 0141 848 7177


Cantina Del Rey
Location: 10 King's Court
Telephone: 0141 552 4044

Location: 93 Hyndland Street
Telephone: 0141 357 5825

The Granary
Location: 10 Kilmarnock Road
Telephone: 0141 632 8487


Location: North Court, St Vincent Place
Telephone: 0141 229 5851

The Brasserie
Location: 176 West Regent Street
Telephone: 0141 248 3801

The Buttery
Location: 652 Argyle Street
Telephone: 0141 221 8188

Court Bar
Location: 69 Hutchenson Street
Telephone: 0141 552 2463

Doctor Browns
Location: 136-138 Queen Street
Telephone: 0141 221 9330

The Jenny
Location: 18 Royal Exchange Square
Telephone: 0141 204 4988

Horseshoe Bar
Location: 17 Drury Street
Telephone: 0141 229 5711

Location: 13 Woodside Cresent
Telephone: 0141 353 0707

Location: 104 Bath Street
Telephone: 0141 332 6678

The Pipers Tryst
Location: 30 McPhater Street
Telephone: 0141 353 0220

Cairns Bar
Location: 5 Miller Street
Telephone: 0141 248 5007



Glasgow is the ultimate in retail therapy; it is the largest retail center in the UK out side of London. There is everything from modern shopping complexes to open air markets and designer boutiques.
If you prefer to shop outside the hustle and bustle of city life then there are plenty of charm filled towns and villages with an abundance of treats and delights on offer. Many of the towns and villages in the surrounding area offer great scenic views and delightful country strolls as well as great shops, with plenty of craft and gift opportunities.




Glasgow airport is just outside the city center and there is a fast and frequent Airlink bus service that runs from here into the center. Also near by is Prestwick International Airport from here there is a rail link service into the center of the city.
Once in the city center the public transport runs at regular intervals, and provides a good service.


Glasgow is easily accessed by car from the M74, M8, and A90, also the A82. Ones in the center there are many car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


There are regular services to and from Glasgow from all over the U.K. by National Express Coach, which offer a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations. Glasgow also has an excellent network of bus services throughout the city and beyond. At many of the bus stops and stations outside the city you will find a Park and Ride Station car park, which offers great value for money and a very convenient way of travelling into the heart of the city without the hassle of a busy city drive.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Glasgow has 7 train stations. All of which are situated in the city center. Glasgow also has an underground service that runs under the city center on both sides of the River Clyde.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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