24 Hours in Glasgow
Glasgow is such a wonderful city and to really appreciate it you need to dedicate some extra time to it. However, it’s more often than not a stopover, used as a gateway to Loch Lomond national park and so people don’t often get more than 24 hours to explore
Here’s my guide to how to spend a ram-packed but very fun 24 hours in my favourite city.
Start off your day in the East End of the city at Glasgow Cathedral and The Necropolis – where you will find elaborate memorials to the wealthy of the city’s industrial past. From there wander down through the University of Strathclyde campus into Merchant City
This area was once a heavily industrial area and is now home to luxury converted warehouse apartments and lots of bars and restaurants.
From here it is a short walk into the city centre, stopping off for a coffee in Riverhill Coffee Bar - this trendy place does really good, strong coffee.
A trip to Glasgow would be incomplete without seeing some of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’ work – my personal favourite is The Lighthouse which has fantastic views out over the city and an ever-changing line up of art exhibitions.
Stop for lunch at Paesano – they do the best pizzas in the city. If you aren’t into pizza try out Bread Meats Bread http://breadmeatsbread.com/* for fab burgers – I can recommend the sweet potato fries.
Jump on the subway, known locally as The Clockwork Orange, over to the West End of the city. Refuel with some coffee from Tinderbox and explore the lanes filled with boutique stores. Don’t forget Ashton Lanes with its pretty fairy lights!
From Tinderbox take a walk down to the University of Glasgow – its beautiful architecture is like something from the Harry Potter movies. A walk through Kelvingrove Park leads to the incredible Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – a culture and history lover’s paradise. The imposing Victorian red-sandstone building is a free museum, full of eclectic displays and exhibitions
Once night falls Glasgow’s bars come alive – experience the best drinking establishments Scotland has to offer. I love BrewDog, Nice N’ Sleazy and you can’t beat live music at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut; a small and intimate venue frequented by many up and coming musicians and bands.
Whatever your 'scene' you're bound to find a pub or bar that suits you in Glasgow and the people are always up for a laugh and a good time - it's true what they say, the 'people make Glasgow'!
The next morning cure your hangover with a full Scottish breakfast before spending your last hours shopping at Princes Square and Glasgow's Style Mile. Alternatively head Southside for an American breakfast at Tribeca http://www.tribecabarandgrill.com/* followed by a bracing and sugar-fuelled walk through Pollok Country Park to blow away the cobwebs!