The Best of Glasgow
Collected by Afar Magazine
Glasgow, on the banks of the river Clyde, is the largest city in Scotland. Many people come for the vibrant live-music scene—but if club-hopping isn't your thing, the contemporary arts, theater, and revitalized cuisine will keep you occupied.
99 Gordon St, Glasgow G1 3SF, UK
A recent nip and tuck has brought back the beauty of this Old Grand Dame rail hotel. As soon as you see the grand staircase it’ll be quickly evident why this property continues to get awards. A seven-time award-winner of the coveted Scottish Hotel...
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AJ, UK
Glaswegians’ sense of play and unpretentious humor are on display at the Gallery of Modern Art. See how the head of a classical equestrian statue of Wellington is crowned with a neon traffic cone. The story goes that some art students faithfully...
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...
Glasgow G42 9BA, UK
Scotland’s national stadium is the soccer mecca with its own unique museum harbouring 2,000 memorabilia from the early years plus it’s the home of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit because soccer known as ‘football’ is in the...
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...
167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, UK
In Glasgow architect and renowned designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh has left an indelible mark on the city. Take a one-hour guided tour of this iconic architectural gem led by a student guide and prepare to be lured into the world of Mackintosh....
Glasgow G2 1DH, UK
Given the city's storied literary heritage it is only fitting that its main central square is scattered with telling reference points. The square is populated with statues of greats including Robert Burns, Thomas Campbell and Sir Walter Scott and...
66 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PT, UK
Scottish grub was never really about the famed haggis or deep-fried mars bars, and although you can still search these treats out today’s chefs have re-invented the old and familiar. In the city’s west end, Cafézique is a best kept secret. The...
Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
The author of “How The Scots Invented the Modern World” would surely revel in this ginormous place by the Glasgow Harbor celebrating the history of transport both on land and sea. Not only does this extraordinary collection showcasing some of the...
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...
64 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY, UK
“The Gandolfi was one of the first cafés to open in Glasgow. In my early 20s, it felt so cosmopolitan that you could have a salad or a glass of wine or a cappuccino in a place other than a restaurant or a pub. It’s set in the offices of the city’...
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...
28 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NX, UK
This West End spot is known for its haggis, but on my first night in Scotland, I wasn't quite up to that traditional savory pudding of sheep's pluck, oatmeal, onions, and spices encased in stomach lining and then stewed into submission. Instead, I...
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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