City Guide Glasgow, Scotland

Visiting Glasgow

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest city in the UK. Situated on the River Clyde, which divides the city in two, Glasgow is one of Europe's most enjoyable cities to visit. There are a lot of things to see and do in Glasgow, including the city's large number of free museums. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the most impressive, with a huge and varied collection on display.

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Glasgow - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan takes to the streets of Glasgow to ask the people who live there about their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. Listen to find out why the West End is so well-loved, where to get the best tapas and what makes haunts like 'The Wee Bar' so popular.

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Glasgow - a video postcard

Watch our video postcard of Glasgow to see the city's top attractions, bars, restaurants and more.

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Glasgow Pocket Guide

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Glasgow City Reviews

  • 90%


    Quick Peek at Glasgow!

    We only spent one night in Glasgow, but that one night made me want to come back! The people were EXTREMELY friendly! We two cab drivers and both of them were just lovely. We also spoke with some locals over breakfast because they like our American accents! We definitely want to spend some more time in the cosmopolitan yet very welcoming city.

    Insider Tip:Take cabs! The drivers put American cab drivers to shame.

  • 60%


    Helpful people

    Glasgow was very nice and the people were very helpful. Visiting Glasgow Science Center is a must see and you need a minimum of 6 hours to see as much as possible and to play with all those cool "toys".

  • 70%



    Glasgow is a great city with a ton to see! Walking the length of the city takes an hour if not more, so use of city buses is definitely necessary.

    Insider Tip:Via Italia italian food restaurant! It's right in the city center, good prices, and great food! To get around the city, buy a ticket for the city sightseeing bus. The ticket works for 2 days and can get you all over the city with a commentary so you can learn a little about what there is to offer.

  • 60%


    Full of character - worth a visit

    I don't know why I was so looking forward to visiting Glasgow. It's very artsy and quirky as a city, but Glasgow is also a big metropolis and people have that frown that you find in big cities. They're not the friendliest, but it's still worth going. What I wish I knew in advance is that Glasgow is full of hills - so even if the distance isn't far, you should buy a FirstDay bus pass (for 4 pounds, no change given from the driver) because just walking will tire you out.

    Insider Tip:Take a bus to the Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral. I say this because the distance from the main city centre to Glasgow Cathedral isn't that far, but it's uphill. The Necropolis is located behind Glasgow Cathedral and it's beautiful, especially in the morning - I went at 9am in January, so not too early to be a creepy experience. Stick to the main path because it will get to the top eventually. You get the most breathtaking views.

  • 80%


    Crazy city

    I guess I didn't realize what a crazy party city Glasgow is. The city center was pretty rambunctious until about 5 in the morning during the weekend. The city itself was absolutely beautiful, we spent most of the days we were there just walking around and exploring. The people were all very friendly and fun.

    Insider Tip:The area around the University of Glasgow and the art school is particularly interesting, lot's of museums and sights.

Scotland: Itinerary

Like so many cities in Europe today, Edinburgh is divided the Old Town and the New Town. Both have their own qualities and attractions and are a pleasure to visit. But if you plan to stay in the city for that little bit longer you will be able to sample the whole country's delights, not just the capital's.

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