10 top things to do in Glasgow after you’ve booked your Glasgow Hotel with us of course! Here at Hotels.tv in Glasgow we always get excited about the 10 top things to see and do in Glasgow. Not only do we book hotels in Glasgow…..we like to rave about our city too. Email us Glasgow@hotels.tv to tell us about your experience.
1. Visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
This beautiful museum and art gallery contains some of the UK’s best examples of Scottish and European Art. It’s free entry too! http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/our-museums/kelvingrove/about-Kelvingrove/Pages/home.aspx
2. What was formerly known as the Transport Museum in Glasgow has a new name and a new home. The Riverside Museum, architect Zaha Hadid’s first major public building in UK, sits on the site of a former shipyard, and tells the story of Glasgow’s – and Scotland’s – contributions to travel and transport; a history few cities, or countries, can rival. The 19th century Tall Ship moored alongside the building’s undulating zinc waves beautifully illustrates the museum’s tracing of past to present, as do the displays inside, which put skateboards beside steam trains. www.glasgowlife.org/museums
3. Go to a Rangers vs Celtic match!
The rivalry between Rangers and Celtic may not always do Glasgow many favours in terms of its image elsewhere, but the Old Firm is as fundamental to the city as Irn Bru and Billy Connolly, and the derby is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. The atmosphere from the stands is spine-tingling, but if you’re heading to the pub to watch and nailing your colours to the mast, just make sure you’re in the corresponding part of town!
4. Enjoy the best meal you’ll ever have! Asia Style on St George’s Road serves the best and most authentic Chinese and Malaysian food in Scotland – just ask the homesick students who crowd this formica-clad no-frills diner till the small hours. Let the hanging duck carcasses, somewhat severe service, fluorescent lighting and equally virulent hand-written menus plastering the walls entice you in, order the soft shell crab and kangkong sambal, and you will never look at MSG-laden lemon chicken again.
5. Indulge your inner Gatsby with oysters and champagne at Rogano, which retains its original 1930s Art Deco interior, along with all the associated and lush elegance. Know to be Glasgow’s oldest surviving restaurant is an homage to the Cunard liner The Queen Mary, kitted out in the same style at the same time the ship was taking shape in a Clyde shipyard in 1935. With two AA Rosettes, it isn’t resting on its laurels either.
6. Go on a pub crawl! Several pubs in town claim to be Glasgow’s oldest, which is an excellent excuse for a pub crawl round the contenders. The Scotia Pub in Stockwell Street dates from around 1792, while the Old College Bar on the High Street was founded in 1810, but in a building that dates from 1515. It really doesn’t look like it’s been scrubbed up since from the outside, but promises ‘tasty snacks and a singalong’, which you can’t argue with. Sloan’s on Argyle Street bills itself as the oldest bar and restaurant, founded in 1797 and the departure point for the stagecoach to Edinburgh (which took five hours) as well as the scene of cock-fighting contests.
7. The Waverley, the world’s last remaining sea paddle steamer!
Book yourself on The Waverley and sail up the Firth of Clyde on the world’s last remaining sea-going paddle steamer. Built in c1946 to replace the original model that was sunk in the evacuation at Dunkirk, The Waverley has been restored to its former glory and beauty, and a cruise on her decks is a recreation of gentler times, with period interiors and details intact. Services run between May and August, and when Waverley isn’t in service she can be found starring in movies, like the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
8. Go and see the next big thing at King Tut’s. Labelled “quite possibly the finest small venue in the world” by the NME, a gig at Tut’s has helped launch the careers of Oasis, Pulp, The Verve, the Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead. It’s still the best place to spot both new talent, and the aforementioned rock royalty alumni, who head there for a night out after playing the city’s bigger venues – Bloc Party, Kings of Leon and the Gallagher family unit (in happier days) have all been spotted at the bar.
9. Visit the Glasgow Science Centre. Make your visit to Glasgow interesting and dynamic with a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre. Whether you are a science novice or a fully-fledged expert, the exhibitions on display are fascinating and exciting. Sit in a chair that will instantly shrink you, and then become a giant by simply walking through a door. Finally lie back and chill in the planetarium and watch all the billions of galaxies twinkle in the night sky. Glasgow Science Centre is fun for people of all ages and the whole family.
10. The Tall Ship. The Clyde River is renowned for its ship building heritage, with some of the most famous ships in the world being built on the river’s banks. The Glenlee is a tall ship, launched onto the Clyde in 1896. After sailing throughout the world for over 80 years, the ship has returned home and is now a maritime museum. Visitors can tour the unique ship and sample a piece of Glasgow’s shipbuilding past. The Tall Shop is located at The Riverside Museum, Scotland’s National Transport Museum.
Glasgow was recently named as one of the world’s top ten must see cities by the Lonely Planet travel guides, and our city is also measured as one of the most cost effective by studies such as the Mercer Cost of Living, and our visitors can be assured of an affordable experience. Our classical Victorian architectural legacy is complemented and contrasted by cutting edge revitalisation along the River Clyde, and we enjoy one of the most lively and varied social scenes you could hope to find, as well as having the magic of Scotland on our doorstep. Our unique traditions and culture will ensure a truly memorable event which is not too be missed. We are looking forward to welcoming you in person to enjoy Glasgow!
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