Apartments in Glasgow – Affordable Holiday Rentals
Though it isn’t Scotland’s capital, Glasgow is its biggest city and has spiralled into a thriving metropolis in recent years. Impressive Victorian buildings flank narrow streets and the roads seem to hum with history. But in between all of this, you’ll find a heady mix of trendy bars, nouveau restaurants, vibrant clubs, and an incredible live music scene. There’s never a dull moment in Glasgow, what with its captivating urban backdrop and its friendly locals. Though its nightlife is second to none, there’s still plenty to do during the day. Shopping enthusiasts can fall down the rabbit hole of boutique stores and fashion outlets, whilst culture vultures will feel right at home in the collection of great museums and galleries. Our apartments in Glasgow give you ample chance to explore the city by day as well as under the veil of darkness.
The Eclectic Nightlife in Glasgow
Glasgow is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, but it’s not all super clubs and techno music. In fact, it has an eclectic mishmash of nightlife, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.
If you want to delve into the heart of Scottish culture and experience a proper Celtic night, head to the Babbity Bowsters pub that’s tucked away along the cobbles of Blackfriars Street. It’s an old, traditional pub, filled with friendly faces, and it serves up an array of hearty Gaelic grub. Afterwards, knock back some whiskey and enjoy some ceilidh tunes.
For an all-round cultural experience that isn’t just limited to Scottish traditions, grab a table at Blackfriars, an international gastropub that has a whole host of world beers on tap. Once you’re refreshed, head downstairs for some dancing. Expect anything from soul music, to rock’n’roll hits and sultry tango music.
Classical music lovers should head to one of the city’s concert halls. The Old Fruit Market is set beneath impressive cast-iron arches and is a renowned elegant concert hall, whilst the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall often holds performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Finally, if you want to explore the trendy nuances of the city, head to the Beer Café, one of the many fashionable cafes in Glasgow. Here, you can sip Belgian beers on the picturesque terraces and soak up the arty mix of carved furniture and stained glass windows.
Whatever kind of evening you’re after, Glasgow has your back. From classical concerts and traditional Gaelic performances to trendy café culture and world music shows, there’s a little something for everyone. Make sure you book one of our Glasgow apartments, so you have somewhere central and comfortable to rest your head.
Art Galleries and World-Famous Architecture - Things to do in Glasgow
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – The most popular free attraction in Glasgow, the Kelvingrove is located inside a beautiful Baroque-style building and showcases a diverse collection of Scottish and international art.
- Burrell Collection – Set in Pollok Country Park, this art gallery exhibits a whole host of works, including ceramics, glass, tapestries, and decorative arts.
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens – Sprawling out over 27 lush acres, Glasgow’s botanic gardens are home to a number of cast-iron glasshouses and plenty of exotic flora.
- Glasgow School of Art – Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1845, this is the only public self-governing art school that offers a range of university-level arts courses.
- Glasgow Cathedral – Also known as the High Kirk of Glasgow, the cathedral was consecrated in 1197 and boasts an incredibly intricate façade, with ornate spires and post-war stained glass windows.
- Kelvingrove Park – The city’s oldest public park can be found in the West End of Glasgow and is home to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
- House for an Art Lover – Built in 1989 based on a 1901 design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this country house is home to an arts centre and a busy café.
- One Devonshire Gardens – A famous luxury hotel based in the West End of Glasgow. It’s known as a popular hangout for celebrities and boasts a whiskey room and grand stained glass windows.
- Glasgow Science Centre – Great fun for all the family. The science centre exhibits a range of interactive, scientific displays.
- Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery – An exquisite building that hosts numerous quirky collections, including coins, dinosaur fossils, and Viking artefacts.
- The Lighthouse, Glasgow – Opened back in 1895, this centre of design and architecture was the brainchild of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Gallery of Modern Art – Set inside a grand mansion, this gallery focuses on contemporary art, featuring a selection of fascinating programmes that run alongside its exhibitions.
- Glasgow Green – Covering 55 hectares, Glasgow Green is a public park set on the north bank of the River Clyde. It was founded in the 15th century and is peppered with ornate monuments.
There are so many things to do in Glasgow, it’s difficult to know where to start. Our Glasgow apartments will give you plenty of opportunities to get to know the city through its famous attractions and fun activities.
Like the nightlife, Glasgow accommodation has something for everyone. Throughout the old streets there are plenty of historic hotels and luxury accommodation options, but there are also a great many hostels and youthful guesthouses that are the perfect places to enjoy the nightlife. For a more intimate trip to the city, choose an apartment, which will give you the chance to explore Glasgow at your own leisurely pace.
Getting to Glasgow – From Airport to City Centre
It’s really easy to get from Glasgow Airport into the centre of town, and there are a number of different options that cater to all budgets and needs.
Firstly, you can get the bus that travels from right outside the airport terminals to the Buchanan Street Bus Station in the centre of the city. Here, you can hop on other buses to other parts of the city or, if you’re staying close enough, walk to your accommodation.
Then there’s a train that leaves from Paisley Gilmour Street station, which is the closest to the airport. You’ll need to take a short bus ride from the terminals to the station, but it’s a quick, easy, and cheap option.