Voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’, Glasgow’s earned its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cities - here's why you should visit.
Glasgow has been named as one of the top 20 'Best of the World' destinations for 2016 by National Geographic Traveler, the city has also been voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guides poll and named a must visit destination by publications like the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust! Earning its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cities and the place to visit for your next city break.
You can be sure to expect a very warm welcome alongside world-class architecture, a vibrant nightlife, breathtaking scenery and outstanding shopping, so once you visit you’ll never want to leave!
Whether you’re here on a city break on your own, as a couple, with friends, family or travelling here on business, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. From Mackintosh to Modern Art, Dinosaurs to Dali, the Tall Ship to Tearooms, Science to Scottish Football, you'll be spoilt for choice and can truly make the most of Glasgow's top attractions while visiting the city.
Music & Nightlife
Glasgow’s a UNESCO City of Music, hosting an average of 130 music events every single week. The city has eight venues in the Top 100 list of places to watch gigs, outside of London, including The SSE Hydro, which is ranked in the top five best arenas in the world, even beating New York's iconic Madison Square Garden!
The music scene spans the spectrum from urban and hip-hop, electronica and indie through to classical and celtic. And its fantastic club offering, including Sub Club, The Buff Club and The Berkeley Suite, plays host to a number of world class DJs.
With over 1,500 shops to choose from, Glasgow’s ‘a shopaholic’s paradise’, according to Lonely Planet, and is consistently voted as one of the top place to shop in the UK, second only to London’s West End! The Style Mile, from Argyle Street in the South to Sauchiehall Street in the North, houses an extraordinary concentration of shops, including premium high street retailers, House of Fraser, renowned British brand John Lewis, and Scotland’s only Hamleys, the finest toy shop in the world.
The Merchant City area is home to high-end international designers like Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Burberry & Agent Provocateur and the city’s West End is a haven for independent retailers, vintage fashion and secondhand bookshops.
Arts & Culture
Almost 25 years after being named 'European City of Culture', Glasgow’s arts and culture scene has never been stronger! There are five internationally renowned performing arts companies based in the city, including the National Theatre of Scotland & Scottish Ballet.
No fewer than six Turner Prize winners and twelve Turner Prize nominees have hailed from, trained or worked in the city. And Glasgow’s Tramway hosted the 2015 Turner Prize – the first time it has been to Scotland!
The Art Nouveau magic of the city’s most famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, can be seen across the skyline, including at the iconic Glasgow School of Art.
And the city’s renowned for its remarkable museum offering, including the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which has welcomed over 10 million visitors since a major revamp in 2006 and the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum, voted 2013 European Museum of the Year.
Food & Drink
With almost 1,800 cafes and restaurants listed for the city on TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise that Lonely Planet describes Glasgow as ‘the best and most eclectic dining city in Europe.’
You can literally eat (and drink) your way around the world here! It could be cupcakes during a day of shopping, cocktails before a night at the theatre, a few craft beers on a brewery tour or a fabulous meal to mark that special occasion. And there is also no better place to sample some of the finest Scottish produce, including mussels, oysters and langoustines, at some of the city's first-class Scottish and seafood restaurants.
The City and Beyond
One of the great things about Glasgow is its compact size - you can see a lot of the city in a short space of time. It also has some very distinct neighbourhoods that you can explore. If you’re looking for the perfect place to people-watch, head for the trendy West End where you can also experience it's ‘Cool Quarter’ of Finnieston, which is buzzing with bars and independent shops. If you love the energy of a flea market, pay a visit to ‘The Barras’, in the East End. Or head over the river to the city’s South Side, where the sprawling Pollok Park offers a woodland oasis alongside the beautiful Pollok House.
Further afield, ancient castles, picture-postcard distilleries, tranquil lochs, outstanding golf courses and miles of unspoilt coastline are all just a short journey from the city centre - incredibly, you can get to Loch Lomond, gateway to the Scottish Highlands in only 30 minutes.