Glasgow is a modern-looking city that is located not too far away from the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. In Glasgow, you will find a mixture of both old and modern-looking architectures, rich with old histories; but non-comparable to Edinburgh’s, at least for my opinion.
I will still consider Glasgow to be a vibrant city and many to look at, especially the outstanding Buchanan & Argyle street where you could shop and of course, do not miss the Riverside Museum too!
Ideally, a day trip or two to Glasgow suffices. Don’t miss em’!
PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN GLASGOW
A walk along Buchanan & Argyle street
Buchanan & Argyle street is an ideal shopping street if you are planning to pamper yourself with luxury and non-luxury brands. Apart from boutique stores, they have got departmental stores and other old architecture buildings too.
Hungry? Surrounding Buchanan & Argyle street do serve a variety of different cuisines that you can pick to bite!
Located not too far away from Glasgow Central station and Buchanan street is the Lighthouse, accessible from one of its unique alley. By finding your way through, you will then climb a flight of stairs before you head to the top.
Reaching the top of the lighthouse gives you a superb panoramic view of Glasgow city.
Glasgow City Chambers & George Square
Just up-front of the Glasgow City Chambers is the George Square that is named after King George III, also surrounded by important collection of statues and monuments. Good place to chill-out on a bright sunny day!
I have not seen any other museums like this and this is very much worth to visit! The Riverside Museum is a transport museum and admissions are however free; at least for now. They have got really old classic cars and bikes, and they are nicely displayed too!
If you are taking the subway to the nearest station, you can do so but requires you to walk for about 10 minutes before reaching the Riverside Museum. Alternatively, you may take a direct bus no. 100 from Glasgow Central station instead.
Nearest Subway station: Partick
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
This building contain museums and art gallery and they have got really unique interior too. Worth to visit if you are keen of arts!
To come here, you may take the local bus (SimpliCITY) from Glasgow’s Central station.
St. George’s Tron, Church of Scotland & Nelson Mandela Place
Named as Nelson Mandela Place, where the former President of South Africa once thanked the people of Glasgow for their support during his imprisonment. Next to it is the St. George’s Tron, Church of Scotland.
OTHER OPTIONAL PLACES WORTH VISITING
Surrounding SEC Armadillo & SSE Hydro
Just takin’ a stroll by the River Clyde, you may also see a group of buildings that is known to be SEC Armadillo and SSE Hydro. They are an auditorium and a multi-purpose indoor arena respectively.
Breezy weather is awesome for this!
FOOD AND DRINKS YOU’D LIKE TO TRY
Bread Meats Bread
Delicious indeed! You may take the chance to visit Bread Meats Bread for a good big bite and very much value for money!
You may visit Bread Meats Bread – Website for more information on its menu.
RECOMMENDED MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION
Good idea to go on by foot in Glasgow city, especially when it comes to shopping!
You may take the subway while its route covers a circular network within the city. You may visit SPT Subway – Network Map for more information on its network map.
Not keen of walking? You may also take the local bus (SimpliCITY) that goes around the city area. You may also visit SimpliCITY Bus – Website for more information.
TYPICAL COSTS AND MONEY SAVING TIPS
There are limited hostels available and they can be really expensive to put a night too. Not recommended for this option.
- Hotel rooms: Starts about GBP45 per night but a room at a 3-star hotel could possibly be about GBP70 – GBP80 at average per night for 2 persons.
Food & Drinks
- Typical restaurant: An average meal could cost about GBP8 – GBP13; and
- Good restaurant: Could start as high as GBP20 – GBP25 for an average meal.
- Outbound Train from Edinburgh (Cross Country Railway): You may take this train company departing from Edinburgh’s Waverley railway station to Glasgow Central station which takes about an hour journey. The ticket costs about GBP8 – GBP10 for one-way (depending on date, availability, and the season of your visit).
- Bus from Edinburgh (Megabus): You may take this bus company departing from Edinburgh bus station to Buchanan bus station which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes journey. The ticket costs about GBP3.50 for one-way (depending on date, availability, and the season of your visit). Plus, they have got free WiFi on-board when I get on this ride too.
You may visit Megabus (UK) – Website for more information on its ticketing.
- SPT Subway: Paper ticket costs about GBP1.65 per adult on a single trip; while a return ticket costs GBP3.10. If you have got a smartcard, it costs GBP1.45 per adult on a single trip; while an all day travel costs GBP2.80 (subject to changes).
- You may register your smartcard online for free; while buying them in stations are chargeable of GBP3 for administration fee. You may visit SPT Subway – Tickets for more information on its type of tickets available.
You may estimate GBP10 – GBP15 per adult, although the admission into the Riverside Museum is free!; for now.
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