Glasgow Activities & Things To Do
Glasgow is a city renowned for its culture, history and architecture. The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is one of the best destinations in Britain to visit and enjoy. With a rich history which spans back to the earliest period in British and Scottish history, you will find an array of historical museums and visitors centres with plenty of information and historical artefacts to look at. Glasgow and the Clyde is a region located in southern central Scotland. It is a region of outstanding beauty, with water falls, rolling hills and fantastic country parks surrounding the city, while within the city, you will find some truly wonderful parks to enjoy such as Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green with it wide open grass areas and if gardening and plants are your thing, the Glasgow Botanical Gardens are fabulous with exotic plants to keep you satisfied for hours.
How to get to Glasgow
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and can boast a great travel network to and from the city. Road – if you are planning to take a road trip into Glasgow you will find that the M74 motorway runs north to south through Glasgow city itself. The alternative is the city's Clyde Valley Tourist Route. The route is a more scenic one enabling tourists to really enjoy the sounding countryside. Train – for those who want to sit back and let someone else do the driving, the rail network is a great option. Glasgow has two main train stations Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. Trains from the south tend to disembark at Glasgow central while those from the north and Edinburgh at Glasgow Queen Street. Bus – you will find it easy to get a bus from all over the country and the rest of the UK. Glasgow has a central bus station Buchanan Street Bus Station, coach services such as National Express, StageCoach and Megabus all use this central station.
If you are planning to fly then flights from all over the globe land at Glasgow airport. The airport is just 8 miles from the city centre with shuttle buses regularly going between the two.
Glasgow by day
If you decide that Glasgow is your perfect destination there are simply tons of activities to entertain you and your group.
Outdoor pursuits are plentiful if you are prepared to travel a few miles out of Glasgow city itself. Glasgow is surrounded by some of Scotland's most beautiful natural countryside, with lakes for water sports, golf, horse trekking and walking, climbing and abseiling. If you are more interested in retail, Glasgow boasts some of the best shopping in Scotland. You will discover an eclectic mix of small independent retailers and big brand names. Once you have exhausted your self with your days activities, it will be time for you to grab something to eat. Glasgow has many great places to grab a quick bite to eat to something a little more formal. With so many options from chain brand restaurants to local run businesses who specialise in local Scottish fare, you and your party will find it easy to cater for everyone's tastes. If drinking is something you are interested in for your visit (and why not in Scotland), you can take a tour of the local distilleries. Auchentoshan Distillery is one of the best places to go to taste Scotland's best Lowland Whiskeys and discover a knowledge about the drinks routes and history.
Glasgow's Nightlife is never a let down for any group wanting to party the night away. You will enjoy a huge array of night clubs, bars and pubs to enjoy. Live music and comedy are easily found in many of the venues around the city centre.
Glasgow has many annual events such as;
- Glasgow Film festival takes place in February
- The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is held in March.
- April sees the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
- The West End Festival in June
you will find many more fantastic cultural festivals throughout the year in Glasgow. Where and When to Avoid Glasgow?
As with any large city, there are areas that are less desirable and perhaps best to stay away from. The places to avoid tend to be the large housing projects around the outskirts of the city, you should have no need to go here if you are planning your break for a weekend within the city centre. Of course the best advice is to avoid quiet dark streets at night, stay with your groups and book all your taxi fares in advance, this will prevent any separation from your group and avoid unnecessary costs which may occur.