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Greater Glasgow City Guide

Scotland’s largest city proudly stands on the River Clyde with its stern Victorian architecture and lengthy industrial history. Look behind the tough exterior of Glasgow to find the stark contrast of a burgeoning arts scene, bustling cosmopolitan life and some of the friendliest people around. Greater Glasgow hotels can be found with the Expedia search tool, ensuring that guests are in the beating heart of this riveting urban mecca.

See the Works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The visually compelling works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh guides visitors to Glasgow around the city. Glasgow School of Art is perhaps the Scottish architect and artist’s most famous building. It still attracts hoards of tourists and visitors alike, despite recovering from the devastating fire of 2014 - a sure sign of a beloved and outstanding piece of architecture.

Mackintosh House in Hillhead is another must-see pinpoint on the map, bringing back to life the first home of Mackintosh and his wife; complete with signature long-backed chairs and Celtic inspired decor. The Willow Tea Room on Sauciehall Street still stands and serves today as it did when completely created by Mackintosh in 1903. He even designed the waitresses uniforms!

Relax in the Urban Parks

Within the urban metropolis there are tranquil green spaces to escape the roar of city life. Glasgow Green sits in the East End on the River Clyde’s northern bank covering 136 acres. It is the oldest park in the city and boasts stately features such as the Doulton Fountain and the People’s Palace. National events often take place here and it was the gathering ground for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

The Botanic Gardens provide serenity from the hubbub of Great Western Road, which then follows the River Kelvin to Kibble Palace. Here stands one of Britain’s largest greenhouses and a fascinating herb garden with medicinal varieties. Take a picnic, hire a bicycle, catch an outdoor concert or simply sit down with a book and enjoy.

Discover the Culture and Art of Glasgow

Glasgow is a winning city when it comes to arts and culture: City of Culture and City of Architecture and Design most notably. It is also home to six Turner prize winners (plus another 12 nominees!). Tron Theatre in Merchant City focuses on new writing and exciting reworks, the Scottish Ballet supplies world-class performances and The Royal Conservatoire is a national centre specialising in musical theatre, diverse dance, drama and opera.

Kelingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a hub of intriguing artifacts from stuffed animals to French Impressionist paintings, catering for both weird and wonderful interests. The Riverside Museum is another popular arts spot, voted European Museum of the Year in 2013. Booking a hotel in the Greater Glasgow area will help make the most of these award-winning offerings.

Indulge in Some Shopping and Music

From favourite High Street department stores on ‘Style Mile’ (Argyle Street - Sauchiehall Street) to designer boutiques of Merchant City to vintage hotspots in the West End, Glasgow has got the goods for shoppers.

After a hard day’s shopping it is time to take advantage of this UNESCO City of Music. Renowned clubbing haunts include Sub Club, The Arches and The Buff Club but a variety of live music ranging from classical to hip hop is ubiquitous.

So what are you waiting for? Discover Scotland's trendiest city, by booking a trip to Glasgow.


Guide to Exploring Greater Glasgow


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Point A Hotel Glasgow

Point A Hotel Glasgow

80 Bath Street, Glasgow
4.5
of 5, from 131 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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 mi (3 km).

£67
Grand Central Hotel

Grand Central Hotel

99 Gordon Street, Glasgow
4.2
of 5, from 798 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is joined to the architectural marvel that is Glasgow Central Station, surrounded by top boutiques. The 12th-century cathedral is 7 minutes away by car, and it's a short walk to the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as to great restaurants like Rogano Oyster Bar, a local institution.

£53
Jurys Inn Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow
4.1
of 5, from 552 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This modern hotel is situated in the heart of Glasgow; the Gallery of Modern Art is within 800 meters, and Hunterian Art Gallery is two miles away.

£117
Cameron House on Loch Lomond

Cameron House on Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Alexandria
4.3
of 5, from 243 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Alexandria hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium, and Loch Lomond Shores. Balloch Castle is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.

£63
Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport, Abbotsinch, Paisley
3.8
of 5, from 448 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Renfrewshire, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from St. Mirren Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Paisley Abbey. Paisley Museum and Art Gallery and Coats Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£49
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

110 Bath Street, Glasgow
4.6
of 5, from 102 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is located only a few minutes walk from Glasgow's main shopping district and theatres including the King's Theatre, Royal Concert Hall and the Pavilion Theatre. The Hydro and SECC are also just a 10-minute journey from the hotel.

£71
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow
4.2
of 5, from 447 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

A modern architectural landmark, the Radisson Blu is in the city centre, across from Central Station and steps from the financial district. Buchanan Street, Glasgow's main shopping thoroughfare, is a 5-minute walk.

£28
ibis budget Glasgow

ibis budget Glasgow

2a Springfield Quay, Glasgow
3.6
of 5, from 81 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Glasgow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Scotland Street School Museum, The SSE Hydro, and Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow Science Centre and Gallery of Modern Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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