Book a Best Western hotel in Glasgow and visit Scotland's largest and most populous city. It is located on the bonny River Clyde, the reason behind its phenomenal expansion to become one of the largest seaports in Great Britain. Book a stay with Best western in Glasgow and come and see the historic centre of Scottish industry and enlightenment with your own eyes. There is much to see in the coastal settlement that, during the Industrial Revolution, expanded so quickly, particularly in the shipbuilding and marine-engineering sectors, it became known as the 'Second City of the British Empire.'
Glasgow is roughly divided into five neighbourhoods. The city centre, known as the 'toon', is bordered on the south by the snaking River Clyde, and High Street to the east. Around the city centre are the other four main neighbourhoods, simply known as the North and South Sides and East and West Ends. The ancient beginnings of the now vibrant and modern urban sprawl are contained mostly within Merchant City, the eastern section of the centre and the original medieval town. Cultural Kelvingrove Park in the West End is the nerve centre of the city where the famous Hunterian and Kelvingrove galleries sit by the University of Glasgow's campus. Bohemian life buzzes in Ashton Lane's hippie tearooms. Head to the glamorous Sauchie Street from your Glasgow hotel, where the pedestrian walkway of high-street shops crosses the city's grid of streets.
Shopping in Glasgow
Our hotel in Glasgow is a great base for shopping trips. Most major shopping areas are within a short trip of our hotel in Glasgow centre, either on foot or by subway. Upmarket shops tend to be located in the city centre around Merchant City. Princes Square specialises in jewellery, designer clothes and other luxury goods, while the Argyle Arcade is dedicated solely to jewellery, definitely the place to come and browse diamond rings, gold necklaces and engagement rings. The West End is home to smaller, independent shops, such as De Courcy's Arcade, which hosts a small cluster of second-hand bookshops and record stores. No shopping expedition in these parts would be complete without a visit to the Barras, the East End's huge, raucous market. Galleries of luxury boutiques like Vivienne Westwood are laid out like an Escher maze in the restored 19th-century Princes Square Mall. The bright and breezy Buchanan Galleries are home to John Lewis and located next to Argyll Arcade.
Eating and drinking in Glasgow
Glasgow is known as Britain's curry capital, with a range of excellent Indian restaurants, the impressive three-storey Victorian townhouse, Mother India, is a sumptuous setting for Indian tapas and deserves special mention. From your Glasgow hotel, follow the Art Deco signs to sister restaurants Gandolfi Fish and Café Gandolfi for Skye catches and fatty, juicy black pudding. Mushy haggis, neeps and tatties are washed down with cask ales at Blackfriars, the esteemed gastropub on Bell Street, while comfort grub like meatballs, burritos and burgers line the stomach at town centre cafe, Nice N Sleazy. No stay at a hotel in Glasgow would be complete without whisky (not whiskey, which comes from Ireland), and Pot Still, near Central Station, is a popular bar that specialises in the stuff - definitely the place to check out.
Culture and nightlife in Glasgow
For something a little high brow, head to the interesting but classical venue at Old Fruitmarket from your Glasgow hotel, where you can peruse various recitals as well as symphonies and popular folk music. DJs and rock and Indie bands lift the old-market roof behind the brash neon façade at Barrowland Ballroom, while a visit to The Arches, a popular and intimate comedy venue, will have you holding your sides and laughing out loud. Book a hotel in Glasgow with Best Western for a marvellous UK city break. A short break is needed to fully explore Scotland's number one city.
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