What to do in Glasgow

SHOPPING
The Style Mile refers to the square mile in the very centre of Glasgow which houses the most extraordinary concentration of shops – from unique designer stores to flagship stores for British and international retailers. Download theGlasgow:Scotland with Style app for information on shopping in Glasgow.

MERCHANT CITY
Seconds from the bustle of Glasgow’s busy shopping precincts, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, lies the Merchant City; an oasis of stately architecture, laid back shopping, dining and cultural pursuits. To visit their websiteclick here.

GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions and there are loads of things to see and do!
The Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits in the Science Mall, a Planetarium, Scotland’s biggest-screen IMAX cinema, a Science Show Theatre, a great cafe and an intriguing shop. To visit their website click here.

RIVERSIDE MUSEUM
Visitors can climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel for vintage public transport by accessing four locomotive footplates, three trams, two subway cars, one train carriage and a bus. To visit their website click here.

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant. To visit their website click here.

THE WEST END
The bohemian West End of the city is a haven for those looking for quaint cafés, tea rooms, trendy bars, boutiques, upmarket hotels, clubs and restaurants. Set in the backdrop of the magnificent Kelvingrove Park, the West End is home to Glasgow University, fine Victorian architecture as well as bars, restaurants and antique shops. Click here for more information.

LGBT Scene

Glasgow’s commercial gay scene is compact and mainly in the city centre/merchant city quarter.  Here are some, but not all of our recommendations.  You’ll find more here

AXM CLUB  |  80 Glassford Street, G1   |   Tel 0141 552 5761
AXM’s reputation and very happy customer base is something that they are extremely proud of. Their philosophy is simple… a good quality, friendly and fabulous night out, in a top notch, clean venue with the best sounds and visuals available! More importantly, a safe night out. So, if you’re after a fun, friendly, fantastic, value for money night out with no dramas or hassles then AXM is definately your place to be! To visit their website click here.

DELMONICAS  |  68 Virginia Street, G1  |  Tel 0141 552 4803
Delmonicas has been at the heart of the gay community in Glasgow since 1991. Lovingly and more commonly known as Dels’, it provides fantastic entertainment 7 days a week. Delmonicas has established itself as the market leader for all round fun and a firm favourite place to be in Gay Glasgow. With its weekend DJ’s and Darrens ‘Big Money Quiz Show’ and infamous karaoke, Delmonicas continues to go from strength to strength. To visit their website click here.

KATIE’S BAR, 17 JOHN STREET, G1  |  Tel -tba
A new venue in the heart of Merchant City opening this summer in a refurbished John Street basement bar, Katie’s Bar promises a mix of authentic simple Scottish food, great prices, awesome live entertainment and friendly service. Something new for Glasgow’s gay scene.

POLO LOUNGE  |  84 Wilson Street, G1  |  Tel 0845 659 5905
Polo Lounge is Glasgow’s (and some say Europe’s) best gay and lesbian party. Located in the Merchant City, Polo has an enviable reputation of offering outstanding entertainment. Polo really does offer attitude free clubbing and a camp and cruisy environment. After years of success, Polo Lounge is established as the leading Glasgow club for camp pop fun. To visit their website click here

SPEAKEASY   |  10 John Street, G1 1JQ   |  Tel 0845 166 6036
With a unique approach to classic cocktails, a vast selection of bourbon, private booths to book, some pretty tasty food and a robust soundtrack to enjoy it all to, Speakeasy provides the perfect drinking den seven nights a week. Come Saturday night, Speakeasy is the proud home of The Trophy Room – Glasgow’s legendary camp pop club night playing a glorious mix of tunes from the 70’s to the 90’s. To visit their website click here.

THE RIDING ROOM  |  58 Virginia Street, G1  |  Tel 0845 659 5904
Riding Room, or the joint on the corner as it’s often referred to, is a tip of the hat to old fashioned socialising mixed with riotous entertainment of all shapes and sizes. Join them for delightful little sharing cocktails in just about any vessel they can put their hand to, dark little corners where you lose track of time, and the best singing, dancing and laugh out loud comedy for miles around. To visit their website click here.

UNDERGROUND  |  6a John Street, G1  |  Tel 0141 553 2456
Formerly known as Revolver its a small friendly basement bar with a mixed age crowd.  Friendly staff, pool table and plasma screens.  Good for intimate meets and chats.  Gets crowded at weekends.  Visit their website click here.

THE VIRGINIA GALLERY & LUKE & JACK LTD  |  Tel 0141 552 5699
Luke and Jack Ltd are here to promote Love, Life, Romance and Celebration. The Bespoke boutique offers you everything you need to prepare the body for seduction: from massage oils, lubricants & scents to tempt and mesmerise; to toys and tools to express your talents.  The Virginia Gallery space can be found in the basement is completely unique being Scotland’s only gallery which specialises in celebrating erotic art and hosts regular exhibitions.  Visit their website click here

Getting around the city

Glasgow is a compact and walkable city. Built on a grid system, it is easy to navigate on foot or by public transport.

Subway 

Scotland’s only Subway system’s circular route is a fast and efficient way to travel around particularly in the city centre, west end and south side areas. For a subway map click here
To download iShoogle the official Subway app, click here

Trains
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh, the North of the city and Northern Scotland. To book tickets or to see timetables, visit Scotrail.

Buses
First Bus Glasgow is the largest bus operating company in Scotland, with over 1000 buses in operation.

Taxi
Glasgow’s taxi drivers are known to be some of the friendliest in the world!
Glasgow Taxis operate 5-seater “black cabs” in and around the city. If their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book.

City Sightseeing Bus

Hop on / hop off bus tours operate year round and are a great way to get around – buses depart from George Square throughout the day. For more information click here.

By Road

By Bus
Buchanan Bus Station is Glasgow’s only bus terminus and is located north of Sauchiehall Street, between the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Glasgow Caledonian University. It provides local services around the city and its suburbs, as well as inter-city services across Scotland and to the rest of the UK, including Edinburgh and London.

By Car
Scotland has an extensive motorway road network. Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77.

AA
The AA provides information about driving in the UK including maps, routes planners and travel insurance.

Traffic Scotland
Up to date traffic and roadworks information.

By Rail

By Rail

Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland.

  • 20 direct trains per day from London
  • Return London train fare from only £26
  • Direct trains from Edinburgh every 15 mins

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains offers on-line booking, route maps, travel information and useful details on chosen destinations, as well as information about on-board services, passenger assistance and business travel.

National Rail Enquiries
National Rail Enquiries provides a searchable timetable and useful journey planner, as well as details on facilities at major UK stations and points of interest in the local area.

ScotRail
Scotland’s Rail Operator gives you details on the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caledonian Sleepers (overnight trains from Scotland to London). You will also find timetables, special ticket offers and other useful travel links.

By Air

By Air

Glasgow City has :

  • Three international airports within 45 miles
  • Direct flights from 130 destinations
  • Direct flights from North America – Calgary, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver
  • Only one stop away via London, Amsterdam, Dubai or Reykjavik
  • Low cost direct European connections
  • Most European destinations within 2 hours travel time
  • 40 return flights from London per day
  • Only one hour travel by air from London

Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s long-haul gateway, with some 30 airlines serving around 90 destinations worldwide.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is south west of the city and is a 45 minute direct train link from Glasgow City Centre.

Edinburgh International Airport
Edinburgh Airport is only 45 minutes from Glasgow.

Airports to the city

Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s long-haul gateway, with some 30 airlines serving around 90 destinations worldwide.

Glasgow Shuttle
500 Glasgow Shuttle service, operated by First Bus, incorporates stops in close proximity to several accommodation locations. This direct journey into the City Centre departs every 10 minutes from the front of the terminal building.

Glasgow Taxis
On arrival at the airport you can call and book a taxi with Glasgow Taxis on +44 (0) 141 429 7070.

Glasgow Airport Taxis
Glasgow Airport Taxis are always located immediately outside the terminal building or can also be booked by calling +44 (0) 141 848 6363.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is south west of the city and is a 45 minute direct train link from Glasgow City Centre.
Scotrail
Scotland’s Rail Operator gives you details on timetables, special ticket offers and other useful travel links.

Stagecoach X77
The coach departs form Prestwick Airport at the A79 Bus Stop and terminates at Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow.

Edinburgh International Airport

Edinburgh Airport is only 45 minutes from Glasgow.

Airlink 100
The Airlink 100 service departs from stance 19 and will travel into the heart of Edinburgh, including a stop at Waverley train station.

Airlink N22
In the early hours, the N22 takes the same route as the Airlink 100 to the centre of Edinburgh.

Central Taxis
“Black Cabs” are provided by Central Taxis and you can find these waiting outside the terminal building or you can also book one in advance on +44(0)131 229 2468

Edinburgh Airport Taxis
Edinburgh Airport Taxis can be booked in advance on +44 (0)131 663 6526

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