Staying in the heart of the city gives you a good insight into Glaswegian life. Distinctive architecture, many of which was designed by local architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, defines Glasgow city centre. The bustling Buchanan Street combines contemporary shopping with amazing architecture - don’t forget to look up and admire the buildings above you! Glasgow’s distinctive West End neighbourhood, characterised by cobbled streets and Victorian architecture, lies just 2 miles from the city centre. The district is known for its strong cultural identity and hosts a number festivals each year including the Celtic Connections folk festival and the Bard In The Botanics outdoor Shakespeare festival. Despite the West End sharing most of the limelight, the East End is not without its charms. The ‘Barras’ street market attracts people from across the city and the Barrowland Ballroom is one Scotland’s most popular music venues.