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Glasgow's Coolest Neighborhoods

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Although far from intimidating, Glasgow is still big enough to facilitate several days of exploration. Its different areas all have their own fascinating quirks and highlights. From the gritty East End of the city, containing such places as Glasgow Green and Barrowlands, to city center enclaves such as Garnethill and Merchant City, to the leafier environs of the West End and Southside, the city boasts a wealth of possibilities in every direction.
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Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, UK
Glasgow, some might be surprised to know, has more than its fair share of parks, but Glasgow Green, gifted to the city by King James II in the 15th century, is by far the oldest. Once upon a time, this is where the locals would graze their...
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167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, UK
“For me, the art school is what Garnethill is all about. If I go out to buy a pint of milk, I pass this architectural landmark, and it still gives me a buzz. The school also has an art supply shop that I find very useful for my work.” -Stewart...
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98 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3HA, UK
It’s easy to become a shopaholic along this square mile in the center of Glasgow crammed with over 200 shops. Dubbed as the UK’s most successful shopping location outside London’s west end, expect lots of unique designer stores and strictly...
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Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12, UK
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from...
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Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK
A spectacular late-Victorian heap of ornate red sandstone, the Kelvingrove (within a lovely park of the same name) is the signature gallery and museum of the city of Glasgow. It has a full house of historic exhibitions as well as a wide range of...
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Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51, UK
This waterfront’s transforming big time. Gone are the industrial giants along the river banks. Once a bastion of steamship building and the port where thousands of emigrants left for greener pastures in America, now you’ll find interesting new...
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2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G43 1AT, UK
Two of Glasgow's top cultural draws -- Pollok House and The Burrell Collection -- are located in this huge expanse of greenery, a 10-minute train ride from the city's Central Station. On a hot summer day it is the park itself that is the main...
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Cresswell Ln, Glasgow G12, UK
While Glasgow's city centre is the place to go for high-end international names, the cobbled lanes of the West End shelter a more eclectic range of shops. At the centre of this scene is Cresswell Lane, which is a one stop shop for everything from...
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Ingram St, Glasgow G1, UK
An important element of Merchant City's transformation into one of Glasgow's most important tourist areas is high-end shopping. The streets and lanes close to the River Clyde are packed with studios, workshops and galleries, but closer to Ingram...