Glasgow offers a brilliant combination of rich culture, beautiful architecture, long history, buzzing nightlife, shopping and amazing food. Glasgow has a thriving cultural scene that includes the West End festival with its famous Mardi Gras parade. There’s also a Book Festival; Jazz, Celtic and Comedy festivals; and a Christmas market with an ice rink.
Glasgow is home to the Style Mile, the largest retail destination outside London; and there are two large shopping centres on Buchanan Street. Princes Square houses stylish boutiques and the city has a number of independent music stores.
From traditional Scottish food to seafood, and Italian to Indian, Glasgow has something to offer everyone. Here are some of the most popular restaurants in Glasgow:
- Tiffney’s Steakhouse – tremendous steaks, possibly the best you have ever tasted! It’s definitely worth a visit.
- Bo Kantina – founded as a Korean cuisine restaurant, what you'll find now is bright and tasty food combining sweet, spicy and pickled influences, all shook up with some traditional Western slow cooking, topped off with a Mexican twist. All washed down with some original, cooling cocktails, chilled beers and wines.
- Black Sheep Bistro – an independent small and cosy family-run restaurant just to the north of the city centre. You’ll find that the menu is extensive with lots of classic Scottish dishes, including haggis and black pudding. Portions are huge and desserts are delicious, so why not give it a try?
Well-known for its music scene, Glasgow offers everything from intimate venues, where you can see up and coming bands, to an O2 Academy and the SSE Hydro. These venues host concerts from some of the world’s top artists.
Glasgow has a very vibrant and exciting nightlife with plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs to choose from! As a student, you will never get bored of Glasgow’s nightlife scene, labelled by many as one of the best in the country. Take a look at some of the best places to visit on a night out:
- Alfredo’s – a traditional pub in a great location with a wide selection of beer, phenomenal burgers and friendly staff.
- The Stand Comedy Club – a brilliant night out in one of the few true comedy clubs in the country. The venue and its staff are just tailor made for comedy. There’s normally a long queue, so make sure you get there early if you want to find front row seats!
- King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut – a small and cosy live music bar that lives up to the name. Everything about this place is gritty, loaded with history and a great atmosphere.
The Arts & Attractions
Glasgow was named the European City of Culture in 1990. The city boasts some amazing architecture, along with over 20 art galleries and museums. Here are three of the most important museums in Glasgow:
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – home of one of Europe’s greatest art collection and one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London.
- The Riverside Museum – completed in June 2011, the Riverside Museum showcases a variety of means of transport, from cars to bicycles to trams and locomotives.
- The Burrell Collection – located in the middle of Pollok Country Park, this collection is well famous as it was created by only one person, comprising of more than 8000 objects.
For sports fans, there are three football teams and a rugby team, as well as basketball and speedway; and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are several parks and some fantastic countryside on the doorstep.
It’s very easy to get around Glasgow. The streets are laid out in a grid system which means it’s hard to get lost and easy to explore the city on foot. Glasgow also has a very efficient public transport system with great links all across the city. There’s a subway which has a circular line and 15 stations which is great to get around the city centre.
Hyndland House is located in the west end of Glasgow, close to the University. It’s very easy to get to the city centre, only 15 minutes by train or 21 by bus.
Great location, friendly staff, good sized rooms and I always feel safe.Rachael Hall, BSc Adult Nursing, University of Nottingham