Time Out Magazine voted it the 8th best city in the world in 2019, and number one for friendliness and affordability. It’s also the vegan capital of the UK. So of course I had to visit! Today I’m talking about my trip to Glasgow and what I did there.
This year I decided I wanted to go for more weekend and mini breaks, both in the UK and abroad. So I took a couple of days off work headed up to Scotland with my mum.
How we got there
We got the train from Nottingham on Saturday morning at the very early time of 5.30am. The train took around 6 hours and I just slept nearly the whole way.
Where we stayed
We stayed in Holiday Inn Theatreland for three nights Saturday-Tuesday. It was so close to the main shopping streets and really reasonably priced! Way cheaper than most Air BnB’s that weekend and only a 15 minute walk from the station. Definitely worth checking out. One of the best parts of Glasgow is that the centre is really compact and it’s easy to walk everywhere.
We did the Glasgow Gander walking tour to learn more about the history, culture and hidden gems of Glasgow. It started in the Royal Exchange Square, by the Gallery of Modern Art.
Also in the square is the iconic Duke of Wellington statue with a cone perched on it’s head (and an extra one on the horse for good luck). The cone has has been placed there and subsequently removed by the council for over 30 years, before they finally gave up and left it alone. Nothing else quite sums up the anti-establishment attitude and unique humour of Glasgow quite like it! We also saw the some amazing street art murals;
The tour finished at the impressive Glasgow Cathedral which we looked round – including in the crypt which houses the tomb of St Kentigern (aka St Mungo). We would have loved to go and explore the Necropolis afterwards, but it was just far too cold!I’d definitely recommend going on the walking tour – the guide Johnny is amazing and it’s tips based so you can pay as much as you like!
The West End
The West End of Glasgow has the coolest neighbourhoods, some beautiful architecture, independent shops and a lot of the good vegan food and drinks! The Clydeside Distillery, Kelvingrove and The Botanic Gardens are all situated in the West End!
We went on Clydeside Tour which includes the history of the Whisky industry in Glasgow, a tour of the distillery itself and a tasting of three types! The distillery itself isn’t very old, having only been completed in 2017. It’s a beautiful building on the banks of the River Clyde.To get there we hopped on the Subway – it’s only a 10 minute walk from Partick Station. It’s definitely walkable from the city centre (30-40 minutes) – we just wanted to try it! It’s such a small, circular subway it’s almost impossible to get lost.
After the Distillery we walked to to Kelvingrove art gallery which has 22 different galleries inside and is totally free! The surrounding Kelvingrove Park is also definitely worth a wander round.
The Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are definitely worth walking round. The glasshouses are beautiful, and I can imagine it’s a nice place to relax in Summer.Next Time
Having only two full days, there were many things that I wanted to see that we didn’t get chance to! The main things are;
Have you been to any of these places? Did I miss any of your favourites? Let me know!