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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 £41
Point A Hotel Glasgow

Point A Hotel Glasgow

     
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps away from Pavilion Theatre and Sauchiehall Street. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Buchanan Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cowcaddens Station is 7 minutes.

    Grand Central Hotel £56
    Grand Central Hotel

    Grand Central Hotel

       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lighthouse, Buchanan Street, and Merchant City. George Square and Sauchiehall Street are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and St Enoch Station is 5 minutes.

      easyHotel Glasgow £25
      easyHotel Glasgow

      easyHotel Glasgow

         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street, Royal Concert Hall and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 15 minutes. Cowcaddens Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 10 minutes.

        DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central £56
        DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

        DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

        Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street, Royal Concert Hall, and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 15 minutes. Cowcaddens Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 9 minutes.

          Jurys Inn Glasgow £49
          Jurys Inn Glasgow

          Jurys Inn Glasgow

             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from St. Enoch Centre and Merchant City. Buchanan Street and O2 Academy Glasgow are also within 10 minutes. St Enoch Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bridge Street Station is 7 minutes.

            Motel One Glasgow £70
            Motel One Glasgow

            Motel One Glasgow

            Argyle Street / Oswold Street, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merchant City and Buchanan Street. George Square and Sauchiehall Street are also within 15 minutes. St Enoch Station and Glasgow Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Apex City of Glasgow Hotel £66
              Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

              Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

              110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Royal Concert Hall. George Square and Kings Theatre Glasgow are also within 10 minutes. Buchanan Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cowcaddens Station is 7 minutes.

                Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow £67
                Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

                Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This eco-friendly hotel is located in Glasgow (City Centre Glasgow), close to Lighthouse, George Square and Buchanan Street. Also nearby are Merchant City and Royal Concert Hall.