Enjoy a Glasgow getaway

Discover a perfect destination for culture, history, food and drink
Glasgow at sunset

Glasgow is packed with unique character. Alongside the striking medieval cathedral and university, it's the 19th- and 20th- century buildings that give Glasgow its famous personality, from the tenements of the industrial revolution to iconic cultural monuments such as the Hunterian Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

A short break offers a fascinating cross-section of industrial heritage, Victorian opulence and medieval majesty, all blended with a vibrancy that is entirely modern. Here are our top-rated recommendations for things you won't want to miss on your Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Glasgow

Despite its medieval origins, the discovery of the New World and the opening up of trade is when Glasgow really came into its own. Industries such as shipbuilding and textiles made Glasgow the second city of the British Empire in the 19th century, and that legacy is clearly visible on a walk to enjoy the architecture.

From impressive museums and galleries, to the iconic tenement blocks that once housed the workforce, and the River Clyde that was part of the ebb and flow of the city’s fortunes, Glasgow’s story is laid out in its sandstone.

Buchanan Street

Art and culture abound in this educated city whose university is the fourth oldest English-language speaking one in the world. The creative output of Charles Rennie-Mackintosh and the Glasgow Boys is visible everywhere, while the Theatre Royal is home to the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. Music has long been important here – Texas, Travis and Simple Minds are just some of Glasgow’s famous exports. George Square is guaranteed to deliver a taste of Glasgow’s legendary nightlife, with pubs, live music, bars and restaurants aplenty.

Recommended things to do in Glasgow

Glasgow's Architecture (walk)

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow's Riverside Museum (walk)

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Mueum

The Clyde Walkway (walk)

The Lighthouse

The Tenement House

One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin

Places to stay in Glasgow

Glasgow has a wide choice of accommodation to suit most budgets, including self-catering apartments, high-end and affordable hotels as well as welcoming B&Bs and guesthouses.

Our rated recommendations

ABode Glasgow

Georgian House

Holiday Inn Glasgow City Centre – Theatreland

Malmaison Glasgow

One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin

Premier Suites PLUS Glasgow George Square

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

UNALOME by Graeme Cheevers

Where to eat in Glagow

From modern Scottish cuisine to multicultural delights, and plenty of traditional pubs too, Glasgow is a food and drink lovers' paradise.

Recommended restaurants

UNALOME by Graeme Cheevers

Bo & Birdy

La Bonne Auberge

Stravaigin

The Gannet

The Hanoi Bike Shop

Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant

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