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Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)

These buildings that make up one of Scotland’s most important events venues have become iconic sights on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has earned a prestigious reputation for hosting some of the biggest events in the U.K. The different buildings that comprise the center are unmistakable sights on the riverside, their contemporary metallic architecture fitting in with the ultra-modern waterfront, which also features two stylish museums. Walk along the banks of the River Clyde to admire the unique structures or attend one of the many impressive events hosted within.

When development began on the SECC at the end of the 1970s, the site was a derelict dockyard. After the first concert in the new center in 1985, the area has continued to progress, adding an extra auditorium, a hotel and a concert stadium. Visit this location, now one of the most important venues in Glasgow’s events and arts scene.

Wander around the site of the SECC and take photos of the distinctive buildings. The croissant-like Clyde Auditorium, known affectionately as “the Armadillo,” was designed by Norman Foster and has a roof consisting of curved ridges. The SSE Hydro, one of the busiest gig venues in the world, is a translucent ellipse, while the frontage of the main SECC building is made entirely from glass.

Purchase tickets to one of the gigs or events hosted here. Famous bands such as U2 have performed here, while sporting events, such as the Commonwealth Games, have also been held in this multipurpose precinct. Spend an evening laughing at popular stand-up comics or attending a crafts workshop in the main building’s breakout rooms.

Head farther along the Clyde to the Riverside Museum, a striking piece of architecture with an entrance shaped like a sound wave. Inside, exhibits are dedicated to the history of travel and transportation, with examples of carriages, boats and bicycles from throughout history. Directly across the river from the SECC is the bulbous, metal Glasgow Science Centre, a museum with interactive exhibits and a planetarium.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is located next to Exhibition Centre train station, which operates regular services into Glasgow Central. Drive here and use the metered parking on-site.


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Hallmark Hotel Glasgow £51
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Hallmark Hotel Glasgow

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Vincent Street Church, The SSE Hydro and Sauchiehall Street. Kings Theatre Glasgow and Merchant City are also within 15 minutes. Glasgow Anderston Station is only a 3-minute walk and Glasgow Charing Cross Station is 9 minutes.

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      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lighthouse and Buchanan Street. Gallery of Modern Art and George Square are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and St Enoch Station is 6 minutes.

      easyHotel Glasgow £33
      easyHotel Glasgow

      easyHotel Glasgow

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Gallery of Modern Art are also within 15 minutes. Cowcaddens Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 10 minutes.

        Point A Hotel Glasgow £41
        Point A Hotel Glasgow

        Point A Hotel Glasgow

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          Hilton Glasgow £86
          Hilton Glasgow

          Hilton Glasgow

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Buchanan Street, George Square and The SSE Hydro. Argyll Arcade and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Glasgow Charing Cross Station is 5 minutes by foot and Glasgow Anderston Station is 5 minutes.

            ibis budget Glasgow £45
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              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Glasgow, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Scotland Street School Museum, The SSE Hydro and Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow Science Centre and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km). Shields Road Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kinning Park Station is 13 minutes.

              Village Hotel Glasgow £69
              Village Hotel Glasgow

              Village Hotel Glasgow

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                Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glasgow Science Centre and The SSE Hydro. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Ibrox Station is 11 minutes by foot and Kinning Park Station is 13 minutes.

                Lorne Hotel Glasgow £55
                Lorne Hotel Glasgow

                Lorne Hotel Glasgow

                   
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                  Located in Glasgow Westend, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and The SSE Hydro. University of Glasgow and Glasgow Science Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Glasgow Exhibition Centre Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kelvinbridge Station is 14 minutes.