Glasgow 2014

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
17 sports, 11 days of competition, 1 spectacular host city

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be an unforgettable celebration of sport and culture, leaving a lasting legacy for athletes, young people, businesses and communities.

From 23 July -3 August 2014, the Games will showcase 4,500 of the world's finest athletes! It's going to be Scotland's biggest ever sporting and cultural celebration. Find out more here

Download the city's Games time map here.

The Queen's Baton Relay is nearly in Glasgow!

The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay is on it's 190,000 kilometre journey through 70 nations and territories, unifying the two billion people of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.

20 - 22 JULY 2014- the Queen's Baton Relay will journey all across the city, reaching local communities and landmarks in the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2014. Cheer on the baton as it makes its final journey. Click here for more information.

The Big G for Games time

Big G
The Big G - spectacular 3D installation unveiled in George Square - is at the heart of a major programme of activity to dress the city for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, have you spotted it in the city yet?

Watch our video here of the build and installation of The Big G in Glasgow.

And don't forget when you are visiting to take pictures and share with us using the hashtag #TheBigG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Clyde's Mascot Trail

mascot trail 2Clyde is the Official Mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He'll be out and about in the city at 25 locations - can you find him? Get on his trail, click here to find out more.

Clyde in the City

Floral And Wooden Clyde
A giant floral sculpture of the official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot, Clyde, has been unveiled outside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Standing taller than a double decker bus at 4.5m, this huge green artwork will provide a colourful welcome to the city.

Equally as impressive is the hand-carved wooden Clyde, unveiled at Queen's Park. Standing at 2.4m, the sculpture is made from recycled oak timber and was carved by local sculptor Robert Coia with the help of the city's schoolchildren.

Don't miss these two works of art in the city and be sure to snap a picture while you're there!

Festival 2014

Just as the Games bring the Commonwealth's best athletes into the Host City, Festival 2014 will fill Glasgow with exciting entertainment and culture from Scotland and around the world.

festival 2014
Whether you want to catch a world premiere performance, have a go at sports and arts activities or kick back and watch the biggest sporting events on giant screens, you are invited to the party at Festival 2014.

Glasgow's venues, parks and streets will be packed with entertainment and culture from 19 July - 3 August. At the heart of the festival will be four key venues: Glasgow Green Live Zone, Merchant City Festival, Kelvingrove Bandstand and BBC at the Quay. Find out more about Festival 2014 here.

Click here for the Glasgow Green Live Zone map.

Click here for the Merchant City Festival map.

Where to stay during the Games

If you have your tickets, or have been chosen as a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games you'll have an amazing experience in Glasgow this summer!

Your next step is to book your accommodation, and you can choose from many different options in the Greater Glasgow area and within easy travelling distance of the Games.

Whether your style is a lively hostel or five-star opulence, a modern city centre apartment or a rural retreat, Glasgow and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Glasgow is also served by an excellent rail network and so an affordable option during Games time may be to stay outside of the city.

In Glasgow

Most visitors will probably think of looking for accommodation in Glasgow. Undoubtedly, there's a higher demand than usual for accommodation in Glasgow around Games time so you may have to shop around more to find and book a place to stay in the city.

If you search for available rooms today and find little, do try again later. Hotels hold pre-booked blocks of rooms and unclaimed accommodation may be released and put back on public sale over the coming months up to March 2014.

Booking your accommodation

Want to begin planning your trip? Search for accommodation in and around Glasgow, including B&Bs, guesthouses, serviced apartments and student rooms at

Temporary Accommodation & Homestay Programme

During the Games temporary accommodation will be available in Greater Glasgow.

Volunteer Homestay Programme

Exclusively for volunteers, the Volunteer Homestay Programme (VHP) offers the people of Scotland a unique opportunity to actively participate in the hosting of the Games by opening their hearts and homes to the official Games Volunteers. VHP offer low-cost accommodation in private homes for Commonwealth Games volunteers for a total cost of £100 for 10 nights' accommodation.

Volunteers can sign up now via the VHP website or email a VHP staff member with any questions about the programme. 

If you aren't a volunteer you can still participate in the Games by opening up your home for the volunteers during Games time, find out how here

Visiting Glasgow for the Games? Do you need a VISA?

The Home Office is working to support the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games. They will ensure that participants, workers, visitors and trade will be able to enter the UK swiftly and easily, whilst preventing access to those who could cause harm.

If you are coming to the UK to watch the Games, you may need to get a visa before you travel. Find out whether you need a visa, and how to apply for one by visiting their website.

For information on places of worship while visiting the city click here.

University of Glasgow's MyCity App for Glasgow 2014

The University of Glasgow are encouraging people to walk more during the Games with the launch of their brand new MyCity Smartphone App. Visit our maps & apps page to find out more.

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