Holiday in Glasgow
Presentation of Glasgow
Once viewed as the rough diamond to Edinburgh’s crown, Scotland’s largest city is now a fascinating metropolis that is a mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary. From elegant Victorian and Georgian architecture to exciting modern structures, the city’s skyline is a dynamic place. Formerly a busy shipbuilding port, the River Clyde is the anchor to the city and its working-class heritage, and today many of the exciting new buildings can be found along here. The city centre is home to global and designer shops as well as a vibrant nightlife, with live music and top clubs. There are excellent museums and art galleries to explore, many with links to the university, and also wonderful parks and gardens to discover. If you’re looking for flight and hotel Glasgow deals, you’re in luck. Look at our selection of flights to Glasgow and choose from a range of hotels to suit every budget.
Things to know before visiting Glasgow
If you’re planning a holiday to Glasgow via a flight from London to Glasgow or a flight from Manchester to Glasgow you’ll probably fly into Glasgow Airport or Glasgow Prestwick. Glasgow Airport is the closer of the two, located about eight miles to the west of the city. It takes just 15 minutes to arrive in the city by express bus and 25 minutes into Glasgow’s main bus station, Buchanan Bus Station, which is right in the city centre and convenient for many of the city’s hotels. You can also, of course, travel by taxi, and there are also car hire companies in the terminal building. Glasgow’s other airport is Glasgow Prestwick, which is about 45 minutes away by either car or train. Take a look at our discount holidays to Glasgow to plan your trip today.
What to see in Glasgow?
A holiday to Glasgow is an exciting, intriguing experience. The museums and galleries collectively house all kinds of exhibits, including historic paintings, transport vehicles, contemporary artwork, archaeological treasures and splendid interior design. Be sure to visit these top ten:
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Hunterian Museum
- Hunterian Art Gallery
- The Lighthouse
- Riverside Museum
- Glasgow Science Centre
- Gallery of Modern Art
- Scotland Street School Museum
- The Tenement House
- People’s Palace
For a break from museums and galleries, visit the beautiful and well-loved botanic gardens in the heart of Glasgow’s West End. The West End itself is a great place for boutique shops, quirky cafes and great restaurants, while other green oases include Pollok Country Park and Kelvingrove Park. You can visit Glasgow Cathedral and discover the city’s religious heritage at the St Mungo Museum. With superb flight and hotel deals just a few clicks away, Glasgow is all yours.
What to do in Glasgow?
Any holiday to Glasgow should at least dip a toe into the city’s vibrant music scene. Great venues for live music and theatre include Òran Mór in the West End and the Arches in the city centre – the Arches and nearby Sub Club are also home to top DJs. The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Hydro and O2 all house pop concerts or if it’s classical music you’re after then check out the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. If you’d prefer to watch movies on the biggest screen in Scotland, then head to the IMAX cinema at Glasgow Science Centre. Other popular things to do in the city include taking a cruise down the Clyde – you can hop on and off as you please – or a walking or bus tour. Glaswegians are a friendly bunch and they’ll make you feel at home in no time, so check out our great flight and hotel deals right here.
What to visit around Glasgow?
With a flight and hotel to Glasgow you can discover the area around the city. Located in the west of the country and just a short drive away are the beautiful lochs and mountains for which this part of the country is famous. Loch Lomond is the largest loch in Scotland and arguably one of the loveliest. You can take a cruise around its scenic shores or even a dip in the water if you’re feeling brave. Take a hike up Ben Lomond or Conic Hill or a more sedate stroll around the pretty village of Balmaha. Other great areas for driving and walking around Glasgow include the Campsies and Clyde Valley, while to the south are the magnificent grounds and opulent interiors of Culzean Castle. Take a look at our holiday packages for the best deals to Glasgow.
What to eat in Glasgow
Glasgow’s foodie scene has undergone a rapid evolution in recent years to become one of the most exciting in Europe. You’re never far from a deep fried pizza or Mars Bar, of course, but there’s now also a reassuringly large number of hip restaurants. Many of these are located in the trendy West End and especially Finnieston – check out the Gannet, Ox and Finch and the Finnieston itself for top Scottish produce and creative dishes. Byres Road, one of the area’s main arteries, is home to boutique chippy Old Salty’s and Vietnamese canteen Hanoi Bike Shop. Compare holidays with us and find a flight and hotel to Glasgow.