A local’s guide to Glasgow: five great things to do | Glasgow holidays

Artist Annie Hutchinson has fallen in love with Glasgow since transferring there to dwell and work three years in the past.


The West Finish is likely one of the glitziest bits of town, and the Finnieston space is properly crowded with good locations to eat. Crabshakk for ace Scottish seafood (scallops in anchovy butter!); Alchemilla for Mediterranean dishes and good pure wines; Mother India for curries; the Ben Nevis pub for whisky afterwards. Should you fancy fried meals and do-it-yourself ice-cream in a wood-panelled room, the University Café on Byres Road has a magical combo of grandeur and good batter.


Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow.
Barrowland Ballroom. {Photograph}: Thornton Cohen/Alamy

If it’s the weekend, go to the long-lasting Barras market simply east of town centre (scouting artworks on Glasgow’s mural trail as you go), and purchase actually something. Such a magical, motley assortment of things on the market. There’s one thing particular about this complete space, a couple of minutes east of the gleaming Merchant City district. Sturdy, well-loved pubs bump elbows with vintage shops, upscale gin distilleries, German breweries (West on Glasgow Inexperienced) and radical bookshops (Calton Books). Come night-time, see a present on the Barrowland Ballroom, guided by the glow of its well-known neon signal. About 10 minutes’ stroll away there’s Glasgow Cathedral (darkish, moody exterior, peppermint roof, inside like a jewel field), and the Necropolis, a macabrely grand Victorian cemetery. Thread your method by the big marble tombs to the view from the highest, with historic and fashionable bits of town all muddled collectively.


Errols Hot Pizza Hennie Haworth illustration for Locals Guide to Glasgow
Illustration: Hennie Haworth

Typically known as Glasgow’s Ellis Island, Govanhill’s sq. mile of tight-knit tenement streets is town’s most various district, and possibly its most distinctive. “Sweeteries, eateries, sunflower seed blossom everywhere in the pavement,” native blogger Peter Mohan writes, in Cheers, Govanhill, an excellent, semi-fictional weblog set inside this “cosmopolitan and endlessly fascinating neighbourhood”. What you eat will rely on the climate. If it’s sunny, decide up samosas from Glasgow Sweet Centre or Delicious Corner bakery, or a paratha roll from Pakistani Street Food, and eat them on the grass of Queen’s Park’s flagpole hill. If it’s dreich, have brunch at cosy cafe Milk, or stroll by the park into Shawlands for a scrumptious Malaysian brunch at Julie’s Kopitiam. Should you get the golden grail of night solar, purchase the world’s most scrumptious pizza from Errol’s Hot Pizza. After sundown there are pubs: the Allison Arms for steamy-window ambiance, wild card McNeill’s for good (and good worth) pints of Guinness and dwell music, or the Bell Jar for extra modish pints.

Inexperienced area

Kelvingrove Park - Glasgow, Scotland
Kelvingrove Park. {Photograph}: coleong/Getty Photographs

Pollok Nation Park within the southside has highland cows, lovely walled gardens and inexperienced attractive vastness. However nearer to city the Kelvin Walkway follows the River Kelvin alongside a slender, tree-canopied observe, passing beneath mysterious bridges, with a lot of spots for swimming or splashing. Begin and finish in Kelvingrove Park, which can also be lovely, with dippy hills, ornate fountains, and views of Glasgow College’s charred-butter sandstone turret. Close by is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, identified for work by the Scottish Colourists.


Quiet down for the lengthy haul within the Laurieston pub, simply south of town centre. Drink beautiful pints in beautiful Nineteen Sixties-time-capsule environment, amongst hip younger varieties and twinkly-eyed stalwarts. Should you nonetheless have dancing in your bones, the world-famous Sub Club is an eight-minute stroll away. Should you’d slightly watch than dance, attempt the close by Britannia Panopticon, the oldest music corridor within the UK. It’s down-at-heel, however they’re such good heels. Its good month-to-month drag present, the Drag-opticon, is beginning again up, and there’s heaps extra listed on its web site.


For the complete Glasgow expertise, keep in a refurbished tenement through Airbnb or Vrbo, from £100 an evening, sleeping 4.

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