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Trip List by ScottDocherty

24 Hours in Glasgow

Oct 17, 2007  Living and breathing the City 24/7
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

How can you see one City in one day? Well, probably with some difficulty, but this little goList might point you in the right direction for starters...

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Glasgow
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Start the day well
    Glasgow West End, Glasgow, Scotland

    Start your perfect day the Glasgow Way! Wherever you are in the City, try to get to the West End in the morning. You can jump the Subway to get you there quickly. Then head to one of the many cafes and bars on Byres Road and the surrounding areas, take a sniff for the most satisfying smells of breakfast, and head in for a great meal to set you on your way. The full Scottish breakfast at Baby Grand is absolutely fantastic, but to be honest there are a great many alternatives dotted around, so you should find something you'll enjoy.

  • 2. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

    Once you're full up, I'd suggest that you head to Scotland's Number One free tourist attraction, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, which is situated across from the West End's Kelvingrove Park, and round the corner from the magnificent Glasgow University grounds. The Museum is one of those 'must see' attractions, as it's an architectural wonder in itself, never mind the dazzling array of historical artifacts and classical pieces of art displayed there. To be honest, you could spend the entire day there, but as you've only got 24 hours here, it's best to get in early to the museum before it gets busy (which it does regardless of the time of year).

  • 3. Shop until you drop (or eat!)
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Outside of London, Glasgow is the UK's premier shopping mecca. When you get here you'll know why pretty much immediately. If you follow my suggestion and grab some breakfast in the West End, you'll see some less commercial, unique and tiny shops sprinkled around the area offering amazing little trinkets, keepsakes, fashions and more, so would be a great place to get some souvenirs and presents that'll make you look as though you put lots of thought into it! After that though, it'd be a good idea to head into the City Centre, and specifically 'the Golden Z', which runs from Sauchiehall Street, down Buchanan Street, and round to Argyle Street, a breathtaking run of shopping paradise that'll have you out of cash in no time (not that it's all expensive - there's just so much on offer). So if you enjoy browsing around and soaking up the busy atmosphere, this is the place to be.

  • 4. Take a break

    You'll be absolutely shattered after all that shopping, so take a break in one of the many restaurants or bars in the City Centre. The List guide above will give you a great insight into where best suits your tastes, and it's just a matter of turning up and taking a seat (unless it's on the weekend, when you might need to phone in advance for a table). My personal favourite pub lunch in the City Centre can be found in O'Neills on Queen Street (just at George Square), which serves superb traditional Irish fare. Of course, they might have to roll you out the door once you're finished...

  • 5. Best way to see Glasgow

    OK, so you might be a little full to be walking around after a lunch like that, but walking around the City (and on the outskirts if you have the time or energy after this 24 hours of madness) really is the best way to get fully immersed in our culture and way of life, to understand what makes us tick. Choose one of the top ten walks around the place, and you'll hear the banter & patter, see the architectural, world class delights of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, feel the Clockwork Orange (ie. the Glasgow Subway) beneath your feet, and will begin to fall in love with one of the world's most dynamic, vibrant cities. Well, either that or if there's a Celtic or Rangers game on, get to Celtic Park or Ibrox where they play and catch an experience you'll never forget. Glasgow hosts two of the most fanatical football teams in Europe, and sitting in the stands with your pie and bovril your breath will be taken away with the constant noise and energy coming from the fans. Watching this will help you come to terms with what makes Glasgow pulse, the heart of football it has at its core, and you might want to pick up a newspaper along the way to get to grips with the knowledge you'll need behind the passion. So whether you walk around the City or sit in the stands, your day should be as full as you've ever encountered before. Whatever you do, don't just get on a tour bus and watch everything go by as your eyes glaze over - you'll never get to know Glasgow like that!

  • 6. Relax with some fine dining

    After all that and despite a huge lunch, by the time evening comes a calling, your stomach should be desperate for some more action, giving your legs a rest for a while. This City is emblazoned with hundreds of restaurants, some good, some average, not so many bad. If you've only got 24 hours, stick to the City Centre. Whatever your tastebuds are searching for, you'll find it here, as there's just so much choice, and this makes it very difficult for me to give you a definite recommendation, as I don't know what you like! Try the List linked above or the top ten guide for starters, and you'll be able to budget and book ahead to save some worry and time on the day about where to go. I hope you enjoy your dining experience either way.

  • 7. The evening is yours to enjoy
    Glasgow, Scotland

    If you've not collapsed after your experience so far and make it alive to the evening, you'll have made it to Glasgow's favourite time of the day. If you thought the City was buzzing during the day, just wait until you see it at night. Glaswegians have been known to drink more, stay out later, talk louder, and party harder than the residents of any other city in the world, and if you can find that second wind after a long day, you're in for a treat if you go out in Glasgow at night. You can tailor it to whatever things you prefer to do, whether it's going to see a show at the Kings Theatre, Pavillion or the Royal Concert Hall, or to a concert or gig at the SECC, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Bath Street), or if you'd prefer just to head straight to one of the hundreds of bars and nightclubs dotted around the place. You'll find that unlike many other places I've been to in the world, in Glasgow you will not have to walk far to find a great wee pub or club. Just walk around and if you like the music and atmosphere emanating from this place or that, just give it a try. You'll be partying on until the wee hours, so OK, that might take you beyond the 24 hours you were looking to arrange, but hey, since when in Glasgow has a day been so short?!! Enjoy your day here and I hope you come by for longer the next time...