08 Jun West End Hot Spots
West End Hot Spots
If you’ve been out and about asking for recommendations of where to go and what to do during your Glasgow visit, it’s certain that you’ll have heard the West End crop up a fair few times. Our hotel is nestled snuggly just a short walk from all of the best places to visit to make and we know they won’t disappoint once you’re there. Whether you’re looking for a culture injection or a browse through the trendiest boutiques, the West End won’t disappoint.
The veritable spine of the West End, Byres Road snakes its way from Dumbarton Road and Partick in the south to Great Western Road and the Botanic Gardens at its northernmost tip. Take a stroll from bottom to top and you’ll be treated to traditional ice creams al fresco from Nardini’s Café, fresh breads and home baking at Kember and Jones or French fancies at Patisserie Francois. Take a peek into some of the city’s best shops too, with trendy Oliver Bonas for simple styles, stunning cookware at Papyrus or nip down Ruthven Mews Arcade to find hidden treasure troves of vintage clothing, vinyl records and furniture.
No trip to Glasgow is complete without a wander around the Botanics. All glasshouses are free to enter making this a thrifty afternoon out, and a walk will take you from the bustle of Byres Road right down to the River Kelvin for some well-earned peace and quiet. There’s plenty of weird and wonderful plant life to be seen en route as well as regular art exhibitions. Alternatively, it’ll serve as the perfect spot to grab a coffee and sit inside amongst the jungle flora with a good book.
The Mackintosh House
For anyone interested in architecture, interiors or design, this is a must-see. The site replicates the home of famous Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who designed it top to bottom with his wife. It really has to be seen to believed and while there’s a nominal entry fee, free guided tours run every half hour during peak times. Check out the Huntarian Art Gallery next door while you’re at it for a true day of culture.
The Oran Mor
The Oran Mor could make the grade on a fair few “best-of” lists with its renowned restaurant and hefty selection of beverages, but we’re concentrating on its entertainment offering this time around. Set inside an impressive refurbished church building, the Oran Mor sits at the top of Byres Road like a proud father. Inside you’ll find hidden nooks and crannies, perfect for a quiet snifter of whisky, and a fantastic line-up of music acts and theatre. Expect traditional folk bands, DJs at weekends and, best of all, their daily lunchtime play. Original writing fits neatly within a lunch hour and the ticket price includes a pint of beer or soft-drink and a warm pie!