Don’t let typical Scottish heritage stereotypes fool you. Glasgow isn’t what one would call a typical Scottish city. As a matter of fact, the city only contains a limited amount of medieval architecture to show. Most of the sites are modern buildings, but this doesn’t take away from the interest shown in the city centre. This is why Glasgow city centre hotels are usually busy.
Glasgow is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, and as such, is served by two airports. The closest is just 15kms from the bustling downtown centre, while the furthest airport is about 50kms away. However, arriving passengers are just a short trip away from many amazing activities and sites in the city centre.
Of course, one of the first things tourists will do when they arrive into the city centre of Glasgow is to take one of the tours that travel throughout the city centre and beyond. There are actually quite a large number of companies offering touring services, so visiting online before getting to Glasgow is recommended to find the most suitable tour for you. The bus tours are generally the most popular, as they offer guided tours of the city centre, with stops along the way at famous landmarks.
However, touring the city only lasts for a limited amount of time. Therefore, tourists usually have a fair amount of time available to discover some of the most popular activities within the city centre. Believe it or not, but Glasgow, and in particular its city centre, is one of the most memorable high-end shopping precincts in the British Isles. The Golden Z is the centre of shopping in Glasgow, which stands just a few hundred metres from the large Queen Street Railway Station. Parts of this shopping district is among the worlds most expensive retail rentals, which is why the stores found in this area are renowned for their high prices. Nevertheless, they certainly leave a lasting memory in the hearts of all shopaholics that arrive into the city.
Even though local cuisine is still highly popular within the city centre, there are plenty of restaurants sporting other international cuisines for tourists and locals. Indian curries and cuisine is the number one international food available in downtown Glasgow, so much so that most citizens joke that the Indian curry is the city’s national dish! Other renowned international flavours throughout the restaurants of the city are Italian, Asian, and European.
Glasgow’s heart is packed with theatres, which is why many travellers opt to attend one of the many plays that are undoubtedly held within the city at any one time. Of course, the most popular performances and musical events are held at the Royal Theatre and the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall respectively, including operas, orchestras and ballets. St Andrews in the Square, The King’s Theatre, and the Citizen’s Theatre are just some of the more popular theatre complexes found within the city centre too.
Once the theatres, dining, shopping and touring of sites have finished, visitors will need some time to unwind. But where can one find a place to relax in the middle of one of the United Kingdom’s largest city? The answer lies in the far west and southeastern districts of Glasgow downtown. That is, the two largest parks within the heart of the city. The most famous is definitely Glasgow Green…or simply ‘the Green’ as locals would call it. The Peoples Palace Museum, Nelsons Memorial, Doulton Fountain and Winter Gardens are just some of the highlights within the park. In addition, the parkland also boasts so much space for a nice early morning or late afternoon jog, midday picnic, or afternoon stroll.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Glasgow City Centre Hotels content.