North Glasgow

Here’s your guide to North Glasgow - from the wonderful views of Speirs Wharf to the cultural offerings of the Whisky Bond, there’s plenty to see and do.

North Glasgow

Did you know that you can find walking trails, architectural gems, adventure sports and great cafes just a short stroll North of the city centre? Here are some 'must dos' in this neighbourhood. 

QUEENS CROSS CHURCH 

Queens Cross Church
Image credit: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society 

Queen's Cross Church is the only church in the world designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Commissioned in 1896, the simple design is inspiring.  The windows are Gothic yet infused with Mackintosh spirit.  The building has amazing wood and stone carvings throughout. If Mackintosh returned to the church today he would still recognise his original creation as little has been changed.  April - October, the building is open weekdays, 10-5pm. Nov - Dec & Feb - March, it’s open Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-4pm.  

PARKS & GARDENS

The north of Glasgow has over 10 parks and gardens for you to enjoy - make sure you check out Ruchill Park, located only a few miles from the city centre and filled with a variety of vantage points of the city.


SPEIRS WHARF

Spiers-Wharf

Speirs Wharf is a beautiful location to enjoy a walk along the canal. Visitors to Speirs Wharf can also participate in a number of sports including canoeing, cycling and running as well as enjoy a number of places to dine.


111 BY NICO

111 by nico
Image credit: 111 by Nico

111 by Nico is ranked the second best restaurant in Glasgow on Tripadvisor.  Seek out this suburban restaurant for a high end dining experience that's fantastic value for money.  A highlight is the 5 course tasting menu for just £30.  

BLACK SHEEP BISTRO 

Black Sheep Bistro is a little family-run bistro tucked away just off Maryhill Road serving warming, home-cooked Scottish food. 

JACONELLI'S CAFE

Jaconelli's on Maryhill Road is a Glasgow institution dating back to 1924.  With 1950s style booths, original jukebox and old school menu.  It would be rude not to try their knickerbocker glory.  

WILLIAM CAFE 

William Cafe
Image credit: William Cafe 

William Cafe on Queen Margaret Drive, offers all day breakfasts and delicious cakes and scones and you can pick up some quirky merchandise from the owner’s former west end store, Felix and Oscar.

THE STRATHMORE

The Strathmore on Maryhill Road with it's cozy yet modern interior, live music and friendly staff is a great addition to the city’s dining scene.  Take the kids along and they eat free!

OCHO

OCHO
Image credit: Ocho 

Ocho Deli is situated on the banks of the impressive Speirs Wharf, in a corner of the original 1851 heritage building. A quirky little place offering a healthy and delicious menu.  A great pit stop during a walk or cycle along the canal.

UP ON THE HILL

Up on the hill on Eagle Street, is a great little café in an 'off the beaten track' location serving fresh, good quality food. Enjoy views of the Forth & Clyde Canal and over Glasgow and beyond.

SMILE CAFE 

Smile Cafe on Queen Margaret Drive is a small and quirky Italian cafe serving real Italian food and great coffee. 


OCHO SPA

Ocho Spa is an award winning day spa retreat located in Speirs Wharf.  Whether it's getting glammed up for a night out or a relaxing massage, you'll find a treatment to suit your mood.


PINKSTON WATERSPORTS

Pinkston
Image credit: Pinkston Watersports 

Pinkston is a community paddlesports centre with Scotland's only artificial whitewater course, offering unique urban watersports facilities to organisations and individuals. There are activities available for any level, learn to kayak on their flatwater basin, play Canoe Polo or open water swimming. 

GLASGOW TIGERS SPEEDWAY  

GlasgowTigers
Image credit: Glasgow Tigers 

Glasgow Speedway is where to go if you like your sport to be exciting, noisy, atmospheric and exhilarating.  Just 10 minutes from the City Centre, the city's very own Glasgow Tigers race at 70mph, elbow to elbow (and without brakes!) against the best of Britain in pulsating full throttle action. It’s gladiatorial, it’s thrilling, it’s the fastest family fun in town!

MARYHILL WALKING TRAILS

maryhill walking trail

Take in the scenic views of the River Kelvin and the heritage of the Forth and Clyde Canal on one of three different walking trails available from Maryhill Burgh Halls Walking Trail.  Guided versions of the walk are also available for free during the summer months. To book your free place, email [email protected] or phone 0845 860 1878.

GLASGOW CANAL

Opened in 1790, the Forth and Clyde Canal was known as the Great Canal. During the industrial boom, the canal was vital to the growth of Glasgow as it provided key trade and transport links. Now, the canal is transforming into a fantastic waterside environment for both locals and visitors.

THE WHISKY BOND

The Whisky Bond
Image credit: The Whisky Bond

The Whisky Bond is situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal and is home to a growing community of artists and designers. Originally built as the bonded warehouse for Highland Distilleries, the building now offers a variety of space for freelance and start-up artists and hosts an array of events and exhibitions.


FIRST WORLD WAR HERITAGE TRAIL 

WW1 Heritage Trail
Image credit: Glasgow City Council 

Follow the First World War Heritage Trail to discover the impact the war had on the North of Glasgow, including Springburn Fire Station which trained women fire fighters, and discover more about the Anderson Family, who lost all four of their sons during the war.


Check out our other features on the West EndSouthsideCity CentreSauchiehall Street, Merchant City, East End and Finnieston.

 

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