Glasgow Hotels

This gritty city with a soft centre is Scotland’s most cosmopolitan capital of culture and home to the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland’s first ever public museum; the Clyde ship building cranes that once pierced the skyline and iconic architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow’s dogged working class past collides with today’s modern culture to create a fun-loving yet down-to-earth city.
 

Avid readers will love the Mitchell Library, Europe's largest public reference library with more than a million volumes to browse, or perhaps the intriguing Western Baths, now a private club, where a trapeze spans the vast and long since empty pool. Gastro-fiends can revel in Glasgow’s eclectic dining scene, where cream teas in luxurious hotels are as popular as the deep fried delights on offer in the city’s famous chippies.  A must is the Willow Tea Rooms, where the beauty of the cakes is outshone only by Mackintosh’s elegantly designed space.
 

A saunter through Glasgow’s Merchant City will not disappoint. Fashion and art and quirky bars mingle with the prestigious architecture of the City Chambers, illustrious Glasgow Cathedral and the cutting edge style of the Gallery of Modern Art.
 

For a unique stay in small but perfectly formed accommodation in the heart of the city, why not rest your head in an authentic Tobacco Merchant’s house offering freshly prepared meals and a cosy bar below where live music draws the locals in on a Saturday night. For a touch of unbridled luxury, there are beautiful 4 star self-catering apartments to be had in the high-class West End of the city. There are also plenty of quirky numbers where uniqueness and soul radiate from lovely Victorian façades close to the lively Merchant City district of Glasgow. If you’re after a cheap sleep then you’ll find a good selection of youth hostels and budget guesthouses located in the city centre close to the train and bus stations with views out across Kelvingrove Park or if you prefer, just yards from bustling Sauchiehall Street.
 

A night out in Glasgow is anything but ordinary, if you know where to go! Take a trip down musical memory lane in the world famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Belgian bar Brel off Byre’s Road is a magnet for beer lovers and those doing a spot of celebrity spotting once the live music kicks in, while the avant-garde set head to bohemian bar, Tchai-Ovna in search of acoustic folky numbers.
 

After a night on the sauce, revive the spirit with a stroll through the spectacular grounds of Kelvingrove Park making a little detour to admire the famous Burrell Collection. A dose of retail therapy in the Pink Poodle might unearth some clothing treasures. A trip to the vibrant Saltmarket for a quick coffee and cake should be all the pick-me-up you need before the evening comes round again.

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Glasgow Travel Guide

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With a population of around 580,000, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and its commercial capital: the UK's largest retail centre after London. Situated in the Central Belt of Scotland on the west coast, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air, and the city welcomes over 3 million tourists ...

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