The bustling city has lots to offer for those visiting Glasgow but the best bit of advice that can be given to anyone is don’t forget to look up! Glasgow is rich in architecture dating from the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian times and while the shop and office frontages are attractive, if you look up at the buildings themselves you’ll see the intricate stonework carved on the sandstone buildings and even the odd gargoyle or two.
Charles Rennie Mackinsosh inspired a lot of the architecture that can still be seen at the The Lighthouse, The Art School and The Hunterien or stop for tea at the Willow Tearooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904 and retaining lots of the original features.
If you look at the Glasgow map you’ll see that there are distinct areas: the West End is a vibrant area offering retro clothing stores, small boutique craft and food stores as well as some great Glasgow restaurants. Ashton Lane and Cresswell Lane (just off Byres Road) are the ‘happening’ places filled with bars and restaurants that are simply jumping in the evenings.
Head over to the other side to experience the Merchant City. Originally formed during the 18th century to house the wealthy merchant "tobacco lords", today it is home to some great shopping in the Italian Centre as well as eclectic restaurants where you can cook your own dinner in a Mongolian restaurant or have cocktails in the more metropolitan bars in Merchant Square.
Or back to the city centre itself for the amazing shopping; Buchanan Street is the best place to start which leads to most of the main shopping areas. You’ll find Princes Square here - a hive of activity, filled with a mixture of designer shops, trendy restaurants and bars, the perfect venue for meeting friends. At the top of Buchanan Street you’ll find Buchanan Galleries, home to most of the leading high-street store chains but up and down the street itself are excellent shops offering something for everyone.
If historic buildings are more your thing, visit the Provan's Lordship, the oldest surviving house in Glasgow built in 1471, or take an open top bus to tour round Glasgow and see many of the sights the city has to offer. Stop off at the Kelvingrove Museum and Transport Museum or stop at Kelvingrove – a fabulous park in Glasgow. It’s a short trip from there to the Botanic Gardens known internationally for its impressive glass houses and extensive tropical and temperate plant collections from around the world.
It’s easy to find accommodation in the city whether you’re looking for apartments in Glasgow or cheap hotels in Glasgow – there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a City Centre hotel in Glasgow, these are all within easy travel distance of the best bars, restaurants and shopping areas the city has to offer.