Glasgow's east end
Glasgow's east end
Bold, beautiful, and historic, the east end is a unique blend of creativity and heritage, brought to life by a friendly community spirit.
Things to see and do
Find out how it all began with a visit around some of Glasgow's most historic attractions. A must-see is the medieval masterpiece, Glasgow Cathedral. Go to the Historic Environment Scotland's website to book a visit and marvel at the building.
Overlooking Glasgow Cathedral is the beautiful Victorian garden cemetery, Glasgow Necropolis. Enjoy a walk through the monuments and sculptures and take in panoramic city views. Visit Friends of Glasgow Necropolis website for walking tour information.
Glasgow is known as one of the 'friendliest cities' in the UK. Nowhere is more down-to-earth than in the city's east end. To find out what has shaped Glasgow's unique personality, visit the People's Palace. Or head to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art to explore the importance of religion in peoples' lives. Visit Glasgow Life’s website for more details on these fantastic attractions.
Tennent’s Brewery is a must-see for both history buffs and beer lovers. Take in Tennent's Heritage Centre free of charge and find out about the rise of an iconic Scottish brand. Or book one of Tennent's many tours.
Glasgow is the UK's first UNESCO City of Music. The east end is where you'll find the city's most legendary music venue, the Barrowland Ballroom. For listings of upcoming gigs, visit the Barrowland's website. Or head to our music venues in Glasgow page for an overview of the city's amazing music scene.
- Sample the Scottish sweeties that have lasted generations at the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow, Glickman’s Confectionary.
- Find the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Celtic Cross in Glasgow Necropolis - believed to be the first recorded piece of work by the city’s most famous architect and designer.
- Take in heritage walks, events and archives celebrating the lives of women at the award-winning Glasgow Women's Library. Find out more at womenslibrary.org.uk.
- For a truly unique Glasgow experience, visit the 100-year-old Barras Market and chat with the fast-talking and witty traders.
- Enjoy cycling for new learners and vulnerable users from Free Wheel North at Glasgow Green with their range of adapted bikes, trikes and more. Visit their website for details.
Top places for food and drink
The Barras area in the city's east end has many dining and drinking spots. Check out the menu for The Winged Ox Bar & Kitchen online and enjoy food within the former 19th century church that is now the live music venue, St Luke's.
A unique place to visit, full of style and art, is the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD). It has various spaces to enjoy food, drink and entertainment. Find out more at baadglasgow.com.
For brunch, try award-winning café Scran, based at the back of the Barras. Sit in and enjoy deliciously cooked food, cakes, and coffee within a relaxed and friendly setting. Browse their menu at scranglasgow.co.uk or visit one weekend where they will cook up a new and exciting special every week.
For modern Italian-inspired cuisine, try Celentano's, based in the boutique Cathedral House Hotel. View the creative menu on Celentano's website to see why it is causing a stir amongst local foodies.
Modern Scottish pub, The Gate, is the place for exciting cocktails with a Scottish twist. Visit The Gate on Instagram to see their cocktail creations. If you prefer U.S. style, then head to Van Winkle, which stocks Glasgow's largest selection of Bourbon. Visit vanwinkle.co.uk for details on their BBQ and southern menus. for details on their BBQ and southern menus.
Credit: Drygate Brewery
The beauty of the city’s brewery triangle in the east end is that they each specialise in something different. Tennent’s Brewery offers up their famous Scottish lager.
Next door is Drygate Brewing Co., a craft brewery, event venue, brasserie and community hub all rolled into one. You will be spoilt for choice with 26 rotating taps and a curated bottle selection. Visit drygate.com to find out more.
WEST Brewery brew their beers in line with ancient German Purity Laws. Visit westbeer.com for more details on this dog-friendly venue which is home to one of the city's best beer gardens.
Dennistoun: one of the coolest places in the world
Dennistoun was ranked number 8 in Time Out Magazine’s Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World list (2020). The travel magazine said the area’s community spirit, easy-going attitude and cultural life were reasons for it making their top 10.
A walk around Dennistoun's main streets of Alexandra Parade and Duke Street shows rows of traditional Glasgow tenements. They are right next to some of the city’s favourite eateries and family-friendly parks, such as Alexandra Park.
"Easygoing Dennistoun has a sense of independence unlike any other corner of this city. Now more than ever, it’s thriving."
Time Out, 2020
The food and drink scene was one of the reasons that Dennistoun was rated so highly by Time Out. You can enjoy fine dining at Bilson Eleven, set within a 19th century traditional townhouse. View a sample of their tasting menu at Bilson Eleven's website.. Trendy spot Tibo serves up the likes of Philly cheesestack toasties all day every day. Check out Tibo's menu online.
Try a sandwich from Mesa, where fillings are loaded between thick fresh slices of sourdough. View mouth-watering pics on Mesa's Instagram page.
Serving the community and visitors for years, Celino’s and Coia's Café are known for their authentic Italian cuisine. Visit Celino's website and Coia's Cafe's website to find out more about their restaurants and delis.
Parks and green spaces
The parks of the east end combine the old with the new. The city's oldest park Glasgow Green bridges two neighbourhoods - the east end and the city centre. It's in the east end side of the park that you'll find some of the city’s most unique landmarks - The Doultoun Fountain and Templeton on the Green.
Meanwhile, the city's newest park, Cuningar Loop, bridges both Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. Thousands of trees have been planted in the former derelict area, making it a great example of Glasgow's move towards a more sustainable future. Visit the Forestry and Land Scotland's website to find out more about Cuningar Loop which has an adventure play area and a riverside boardwalk.
And don't forget the tourist attraction that is Glasgow Necropolis (see things to see and do above). Visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages to find out more about Glasgow Green and other east end parks. Tollcross Park and Alexandra Park, are both favourites amongst the locals for walks, family picnics and play.
Music and arts in the creative east end
Many of the city’s artists and creators live and work in the east end. It is no surprise that the area is full of cultural things to do. While the Barrowland Ballroom is a well-known music location, many multi-purpose venues are attracting talent to perform. St Luke’s, Drygate Brewery and Barras Art and Design (BAaD) frequently host bands, and events such as comedy nights, fashion shows, gigs and talks. Visit our what's on section for a great selection of events to attend.
The Album Pathway. Credit: Untitled, (2014), Jim Lambie. Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. Photo: Stephen Hosey.
The Album Pathway at Barrowland Park lists the name and date of bands that have played at the Glasgow Barrowlands since 1983. Created by a Turner Prize nominee, the Album Pathway is one of 14 public artworks making up a city art trail. Find a full list of the artworks and where to find them on our contemporary art trail page.
Art is everywhere in this down-to-earth neighbourhood. In fact, one of the most Instagrammed mural in the whole of the UK is found on High Street – a modern-day depiction of Glasgow’s founder St Mungo. Visit our city centre mural trail page to find out more.
If you prefer to be indoors, expect to see a vast range of exhibitions at independent galleries and studios, such as the David Dale Gallery, Many Studios and Market Gallery.
Top sporting teams and venues
As part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, the east end has world-class sporting venues. If you fancy taking a few laps around the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the Emirates Arena, or diving into the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, head to glasgowclub.org to book.
Football fans will know all about the thunderous crowd at Celtic Park, home to Celtic Football Club. Book a Celtic Park Return to Paradise Tour or get tickets to a match to experience it for yourself!
The east end is also the base for Scotland's only professional netball team Strathclyde Sirens. To watch the team in action visit sirensnetball.com.
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Article last updated: October 2023