The East End of Glasgow is fast becoming the city’s creative quarter and is home to several design and creative studios, the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green and the People's Palace and Winter Gardens as well as the historic Glasgow Cathedral and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
This neighbourhood has plenty to offer on the food and drink front and is home to no less than three breweries, independent cafes and restaurants, and when it comes to nightlife, you can’t talk about the East end and not mention the legendary Barrowlands, and the East End’s latest offering, Saint Luke’s, a former church building that's already becoming one of the city’s favourite music and arts venues.
Not quite sure where to explore in Glasgow's East End? Take a look at our list below, compiled from suggestions by Glasgow locals!
BAaD is a tropical oasis in the heart of the Barras Market an event space with a full calendar of activities a number of which are free to attend including Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market on the last Sunday of every month. The space also houses an award winning Scottish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, A’Challtainn.
The world renowned Barras Market is now ready to coexist with the creation of Glasgow’s urban event quarter. Browse through the stalls at the weekend, whatever it is you need you’ll be sure to find it in The Barras!
Open Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Held at Barras Art and Design (BAaD) this market showcases Antique, Flea, Salvage and Vintage items as well as Vintage Clothing, Retro Homewares, Antiques and Collectables and Food Stalls on the last Sunday of every month.
Established in 2009, David Dale Gallery and Studios is a non-profit contemporary art space based in the east end of Glasgow on Broad Street. The Gallery and Studios promote pioneering contemporary visual art through the commissioning and year round programming of new work and projects by early career international and UK based artists.
Market Gallery, opened in 2000 presents a varied programme of contemporary exhibitions, projects and events. Led by Glasgow Artists and ran by a committee, the gallery organises residencies, events and exhibitions and is committed to engaging and presenting artists' work from their current premises as well as in off-site collaborative projects in new exciting ways, offering an open and accessible platform for the discussion and experience of contemporary art in Glasgow and Internationally.
MANY Studios are currently refurbishing the ‘Charlie's Market’ building on Ross Street and will introduce 40 artist studios, 2 galleries and an independent coffee shop to the area. The organisation provides an extensive creative and cultural network, fostering a vibrant community of creative practitioners.
BAaD2 is a containerized extension of the unique BAaD that will see old shipping containers transformed into creative workshops and a unique event space. The units will include a Tech Academy on the top floor, delivered through a JV between ROCK DCM and GCU, mentored business incubation and entrepreneur units in the middle floor, and a MAKLAB 3D printing workshop on the ground floor right in the heart of the Barras!
A’Challtainn (pronounced A Cawl Tain, Gaelic for Calton, meaning “the hazel wood”) is a restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of BAaD at the Barras. Serving the finest Scottish fish and shellfish, alongside carefully crafted meat and vegetarian dishes.
The Coia family opened their first café in Dennistoun in 1928, and ever since then Coia’s Café has been a favourite meeting place for locals. You'll find their distinctive exterior on Duke Street - a perfect stop off for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
A bustling café during the day and relaxed restaurant by night, Celino's in Dennistoun offers high quality and autentic Italian food whenever you decide to pop in.
Having been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the past two years running, Cafe Tibo in Dennistoun is a popular independent cafe that serves everything from breakfast to dinner using fresh seasonal produce in a relaxing atmosphere.
Dennistoun Bar B Que is a friendly, independent Texan dinner in the heart of Glasgow's Dennistoun neighborhood that offers a great selection of burgers, ribs, wings, sandwiches and sharing platters.
Bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the East of Glasgow in their Shettleston deli, Eusebi’s offer freshly prepared dishes to enjoy and a range of unique artisan and specialist products from across Italy that includes fine Italian food and wines for you take home.
Glickman's, established in 1903 is the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow and offers a great selection of old favourites including Macaroon Cake, Candy Balls, Lucky Tatties, Soor Plooms and endless jars filled with mouth-watering delights!
Located in the beautifully restored B listed Saint Luke's Parish Church, Saint Luke's now boasts a unique event space alongside the Winged Ox, a bar and kitchen serving "food for the soul". Take your pick from the menu and marvel at the stunning stained glass and pipe organ display, which dates back to the 1800's.
McCune Smith is a gourmet café themed around the Scottish Enlightenment in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow where you can relax and enjoy locally sourced artisan breads overflowing with delicious fillings, fresh sweets and cakes.
The UK's first experiential craft brewery, Drygate offers a relaxed atmosphere, food for the soul and, of course, craft beer. The venue hosts a series of events including comedy nights, live music and Sunday markets as well as tours of the brewery and has received a warm reception from beer lovers in the city and beyond.
Tennent's Wellpark Brewery, home of Scotland's favourite pint, was first built in 1556 located in the historic heart of the east of the city, only minutes from the city centre. In recent years Tennent's have opened its doors to the public, allowing visitors to gain a behind the scenes look at the operations of the brewery, which brews, packages and distributes beer on a vast scale. Once the tour is over visitors are treated to a pint before getting the rare opportunity to sample some of Tennent's export only products.
WEST is an independent bar, restaurant and brewery that sits perfectly at home just off Glasgow Green in the iconic Templeton building, modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice and boasts one of the best beer gardens in the city. Don’t miss out on their tours that conclude with a tutored tasting session of their house lagers and wheat beers!
Housed in the beautiful settings of Glasgow Green, The People's Palace & Winter Garden is a museum and glasshouse that hosts a collection of historical artefacts, photographs, prints and film, painting a picture of how 18th-20th century Glaswegians lived, worked and played.
Glasgow Green, the closest park to the city centre, is the city’s oldest park, where you'll find the spectacular Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, and the beautiful McLennan Arch. The ‘Green’ regularly hosts major and local events so make sure to check out what’s on when planning your trip!
A favourite attraction for visitors from the UK and overseas, The Necropolis has been described as a 'unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was the second city of the empire’. It remains one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, exceptional in its contribution to the townscape, its symbolic relationship to Glasgow Cathedral and to the medieval heart of the City. Guided tours are available from Friends of the Necropolis, who organise tours of the 37 acre cemetery covering the wonderful architecture by famous Glaswegian architects including Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh.
Known for its excellent acoustics and sprung floor, The Barrowland is one of Glasgow’s major rock/pop venues. Having originally opened in 1934, the Barrowlands Ballroom holds a modest 1,900 capacity and has played host to many big names including Oasis, Green Day, U2, David Bowie, Metallica and Justin Timberlake to name just a few!
Considered as a true national treasure, Glasgow Women's Library is the only accredited museum dedicated to women's history in the whole of the UK. You'll find a trove of historical and contemporary artifacts and archive materials that celebrate the lives and achievements of women throughout history, and the volunteers support thousands of women across Scotland thorugh their different services and programmes. Oh, and it's also a lending library too!
Located in a newly refurbished iconic building, Bridgeton Library provides a wide range of services and activities, including Arts and Heritage events and an Early Years activity programme for the young ones.
Glasgow Cathedral was built on the site where St Mungo, Glasgow's patron saint, is thought to have been buried in AD 612. It's also the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation. A must-see attraction, combining stunning architecture with Glasgow's history.
The award-winning St Mungo Museum is home to an inspiring collection of religious artefacts and works of art, designed to promote understanding and respect between all. The museum offers something for people of different faiths and none - visit the tranquil Zen Garden where you can relax with a coffee for the perfect quiet afternoon.
The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome played host to the cycling and badminton events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. These state-of-the-art facilities are open to all, so get yourself along for a great sporting day out.
Host of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Celtic Park is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe and is often recognised as one of Europe’s top stadia so it’s the perfect place to learn all about the colourful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club from its inception in 1888. Take in a match or a guided tour of the stadium and take a trip through the history of the club through their informative and impressive exhibitions.
Following a £14m redevelopment for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Tollcross International Swimming Centre was the scene of many dramatic moments in the Glasgow 2014 Swimming competitions!
Fancy some shopping while you're in the East End? Check out the The Forge Shopping Centre with more than 70 shops, over 1600 free car parking spaces and all under cover.