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George Square

The people of Glasgow love their spacious central gathering place, which is full of statues and surrounded by stately buildings and restaurants.

Visit George Square, named after King George III, to stand in the heart of Glasgow. See statues and sculptures of pioneering Scotsmen, admire historic architecture and enjoy fine dining. The square is a gathering place during large celebrations, such as St. Andrew’s Day on November 30, Christmas carnivals, student fairs and Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve).

This welcoming spot was once a muddy wasteland. In the late 1700s the area was transformed into private gardens bounded by Georgian townhouses. By the late 19th century it was a public square. Today, it houses the Tourist Information Centre, so it’s a good place to start your tour of Glasgow.

Admire the square’s most prominent structure, the 19th-century building of the Glasgow City Chambers to the east. Have a meal or beer in the old Bank of Scotland, an Italian Renaissance-style building that now houses a pub and restaurant.

George Square is home to a dozen statues of famous names from British culture. Among these are war memorials and statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and James Watt, the world-famous Scottish inventor. The tall central column is a homage to the writer Sir Walter Scott and underneath it stands the sculpture of poet Robert Burns, who wrote the lyrics of the song Auld Lang Syne.

Often you can enjoy live music by bagpipers and local bands on George Square. During St. Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay, you will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the celebrating locals. Check the Glasgow City Council website for upcoming events, with the Commonwealth Games being the major focus for the summer of 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Rent some skates and circle the ice rink in winter. During the holiday season the square becomes a sparkling fairground. Children will enjoy the traditional rides, such as a big wheel and carousel.

Situated in the center of Glasgow, George Square is within walking distance of many of the major attractions, including The Lighthouse and Gallery of Modern Art.

Public buses stop near the square, and Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street train stations are both a short walk away.


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Point A Hotel Glasgow

Point A Hotel Glasgow

80 Bath Street, Glasgow
4.6
of 5, from 492 reviews
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Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buchanan Galleries, George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£67
Grand Central Hotel

Grand Central Hotel

99 Gordon Street, Glasgow
4.3
of 5, from 1,944 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lighthouse, Gallery of Modern Art, and George Square. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£50
Jurys Inn Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow
4.2
of 5, from 2,113 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Enoch Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. George Square and Glasgow Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£71
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow
4.3
of 5, from 1,291 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Enoch Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. George Square and Glasgow Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£53
Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square

Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square

74 Miller Street, Glasgow
4.6
of 5, from 459 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps away from Gallery of Modern Art and George Square. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£57
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

Cambridge Street, Glasgow
4.2
of 5, from 823 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glasgow School of Art, George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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Carlton George Hotel

Carlton George Hotel

44 West George Street, Glasgow
4.5
of 5, from 752 reviews
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Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps away from Merchants' House and George Square. Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

£63
Millennium Hotel Glasgow

Millennium Hotel Glasgow

40 George Square, Glasgow
3.7
of 5, from 1,393 reviews
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Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps away from Merchants' House and George Square. Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.