Guest rooms and apartment rentals in Glasgow – where to stay
Rejuvenated and with an upbeat atmosphere, Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow
is riding the crest of a wave at a moment. Located on the banks of the River Clyde
, Glasgow has experienced a remarkable change of fortunes since the 1980s and today it is a bustling 21st century city. You’ll soon realise how much the city has to offer when you visit, and there is so much to see and do. Glasgow has many hotels and hostels to suit all budgets. There are also plenty of alternative short-stay accommodation options available to those looking for a slightly different experience. Why not find an apartment or guest house to stay in during your stay in Glasgow?
Glasgow used to be called Glascu – ‘dear green place’. It was changed to suit Glaswegian’s thick accent.
The Horseshoe Bar has the longest bar in the UK – it’s 31.4 metres long!
Glasgow had the first police force, formed in 1789.
Glasgow used to be known as ‘Tinderbox City’, because of the large amount of houses that burnt down.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park football stadium is the oldest international football stadium in the world.
Things to do in Glasgow
There’s plenty of interesting attractions in Glasgow that will keep you occupied for days! We think you’ll find visiting the Necropolis Cemetery
worthwhile, located behind the impressive Glasgow Cathedral
. The cemetery was inspired by the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris and contains an amazing assortment of dilapidated gravestones, urns, temples and catacombs. The cemetery also has spectacular views over the city. You can spot various Glaswegian landmarks such as the Tennents brewery and the cathedral.
Art and culture in Glasgow
Glasgow offers plenty to those interested in art. Check out the Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum – it’s very highly thought of and free to enter. There are a wide range of works of art on display as well as museum exhibits. Make sure you find the paintings by Rembrandt
and Salvador Dali
, ancient Egyptian relics and suits of armour. There’s also a World War 2 Spitfire suspended from the ceiling – we’re sure you won’t miss that! The building housing the Kelvingrove is also of interest – it’s a great example of early 19th century architecture. Speaking of architecture – Charles Rennie Mackintosh
is a name that will forever be associated with Glasgow. Mackintosh is to Glasgow what Gaudi is to Barcelona. Many of the buildings he designed are in the city centre. Visit the Glasgow School of Art – one of Mackintosh’s most famous designs. For a small fee you can take a walk around the wonderfully designed building. Student led tours will help illuminate the architecture, especially inside some of the rooms.
Once a major ship building centre, the parts of Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde suffered years of neglect following their glory years. They have since been refurbished and are once again alive with activity. Visit the Glasgow Science Centre
, an icon for the city’s forward thinking image. Proudly claiming to be one of Glasgow’s top visitor attractions, the centre features inspiring and innovative science and technology exhibits. Whilst you’re down at Glasgow’s riverside, why not experience one of the city’s best-loved treasures – the Waverley Paddle Steamer
? Best enjoyed in the summer, you can take a cruise up and down the River Clyde. It’s a great way to see Glasgow and relax.
Food and entertainment in Glasgow
Glasgow city centre is famed for its wide range of eating options. One of the most famous of these is Bothy
, a traditional Scottish restaurant serving up local delicacies. Bar 91
also serves excellent food and it is a great place to people watch from – in the summer you can sit and eat outside. Wee’s Curry Shop
sell homemade curries and is a favourite amongst locals. Glaswegians like things deep fried and the local delicacy is deep fried pizza – it’s surprisingly good! Deep fried mars bars, however, are not for the faint hearted!
Glasgow is famous for its nightlife and there are lots of bars, pubs and music venues. King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
is a well-known gig venue and hosts live music every night of the week. Uisge Beatha
is an atmospheric and quirky place where you can enjoy a drink next to stuffed animal heads and portraits of nobles on the walls. There are four rooms and over 100 whiskies to choose from.
Located 6 miles west of the city, Glasgow International Airport
is Scotland’s biggest airport. It has never been easier to get into the city centre from the airport. Take the airport shuttle bus which travels straight to the centre and takes 25 minutes. Glasgow is an easy city to explore on foot or with the bus. There are many bus routes and taxis so you should have no problem navigating the city and finding all the main attractions. A scenic and more alternative way to see the city is with the River Link ferry
which operates in summer along the River Clyde. Glasgow has fast and frequent train connections with Edinburgh
so why not visit Scotland’s capital whilst on your travels?
offers a diverse and unique selection of fun activities for visitors. The centre’s rich history and vibrant night life will appeal to many different sorts of people and it is worth a visit.