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Scotland’s largest city is home to incredible architecture, fantastic shopping, excellent whiskies and world-renowned entertainment, so it’s no wonder it attracts millions of visitors each year. And the city is within easy reach: trains to Glasgow from Preston take around 2 and a half hours and a jot over 3 hours from Manchester. What are you waiting for? Visit this spirited, thriving, happy city today.
For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a Glasgow Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.20 (£2.20 with a Railcard), or catch one of Edinburgh’s open top bus tours or airport buses that all call at the train station.
Alternatively, there’s a short stay and 24-hour car park at Oswald Street. Cycle hire can also be found at the station, while taxis are available from outside the Gordon Street exit. If you need assistance, there’s a tourist information centre just outside the station entrance.
Glasgow School of Art’s architect was local lad Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a man considered the father of modernism. A guided tour of the building, widely renowned as his finest work, is a must - if only to see the incredible library. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are teeming with rare plants, beautiful greenery and maybe even a tai chi lesson. Another addition to the expanding list ‘unmissable things to do in Glasgow’ is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Housed within one of Europe’s most spectacular buildings, exhibits include Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John.
Brunch lovers should make their way to Cafe Strange Brew, who serve belting Eggs Benedict on super cute crockery - definitely one for Instagram. With its art deco furnishings and fabulous menu, Rogano oozes style. Try the lobster and langoustine (you won’t regret it). For more delicious Scottish seafood, Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery is a Glaswegian institution, offering classic dishes with a modern edge. Bread meats bread is the place to stop for trendy burgers and bulging butties, and for even more independent bars, cafes and restaurants, head to Glasgow's West End and explore Ashton Lane.
Each of Glasgow’s districts has their own specific appeal and if you’re on the hunt for a bargain, head to the city’s West End. It’s full of independent shops and Ashton Lane is one of the best places to eat in Glasgow. If you’re in the area, don’t miss Oran Mor. This church-turned-theatre venue reinvented lunchtimes with A Play, A Pie and A Pint. The Glasgow Science Centre on the South Side, is a must for families. With 3 floors of interactive science-learning exhibits, a planetarium and an Imax cinema, bored is the last thing you’ll be.
Don’t miss Braehead Mall, where you’ll find over a million square feet of quality Glasgow shopping – plus plenty of places to pick up a hard-earned coffee. Princess Square has 5 floors of high fashion, great dining and even a gin bar. Ingram Street is beautiful with row after row of designer brands, although it’s the incredible architecture that will really catch your eye here. Finally, if you’ve gone completely native, head to Geoffrey (Tailor), where you’ll be able to purchase that traditional kilt you've always wanted.
For more ideas on what to do in Glasgow, visit People Make Glasgow