Our location in Finnieston is the hottest ticket in Scotland right now, with the area having been named the trendiest place to live in the UK in 2016. With so many bars and restaurants to choose from you’ll be hard-pressed to fit them all in. Here’s a quick run-down of our top picks:
With its buzzing nightlife Sauchiehall Street is well known as Glasgow’s liveliest place to be at the weekend. Offering a range of bars and clubs, you can dance until the small hours or keep it casual with dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants lining both sides of the street. Daytime entertainment is available with the Centre for Contemporary Arts situated at the heart of Sauchiehall, with a programme of cultural events from around the world programmed 7-days a week.
Take a short stroll from our hotel to this imposing gallery and museum. A favourite among families and culture vultures alike, free permanent exhibitions on everything from ancient suits of armour to the impressionist painters will keep everyone entertained.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre plays host to a huge range of conventions, exhibitions and roadshows throughout the year and is the nation’s go-to venue for big-name events like the Ideal Home Show and BBC Good Food Show. The Armadillo provides a 3,000-seat space for comedians, bands and children’s theatre shows while next door you’ll find the Hydro. This 13,000- seat amphitheatre-style venue has been graced by some of the biggest names in showbiz including Justin Bieber and Beyonce.
Both the SECC and The Hydro can be reached on foot from our hotel in under 10 minutes, meaning you’ve no excuse not to make a real night of it!
This former church now houses a fully-functioning theatre space with an eclectic programme running throughout the year. It’s also home to a bar and restaurant serving fresh cuisine inspired by Scottish traditional fayre and is located a mile from our hotel.
The Glasgow Science Centre is a hotbed of discovery for little ones and parents alike. Their Science Mall has a whole host of hand-on educational –and fun! – activities while the Planetarium provides regular star-gazing talks. The Glasgow Tower is an attraction not to be missed either – this revolutionary feat of engineering is 127 metres tall and provides uninterrupted, 360 degree views of the city.
It may seem like something your Grandpa used to do on a Saturday but lawn bowls has seen a surge in popularity in the city and since the 2014 Commonwealth Games the council has provided free equipment at Kelvingrove Park’s lawns, meaning anyone can have a go. There’s no need for special shoes or clothing and if you can see a space, just turn up and try! A great way to relax and unwind or spend quality time together as a couple, the lawns are just a 2-minute walk from our hotel.
If you’re looking to search out a little local history or are in town for one of the city’s many cultural festivals then the Mitchell Library is a great place to start. You’ll find freely available collections on each of its numerous floors, a café, and regular talks taking place. It’s even got its own theatre with a full-programme of shows throughout the year and is a 15-minute walk from the Kelvingrove Hotel.
If you like the sound of attending Hogwarts then you’ll definitely want to take a peek at one of the country’s oldest universities. The building comes complete with turrets, spires and hidden passageways reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s creation, and tours are available. It’s also home to the Huntarian Museum which pays homage to William Hunter, a founding father of obstetric medicine, and has a fascinating display of anatomical wonders (not for the faint-hearted!). Head just over the road to browse the Huntarian Art Gallery and Mackintosh house to really make a day of it.
Designed by world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, the Riverside Museum boasts a vast collection of vehicles showcasing a nation’s history of transport, as well as cultural and social history told through interactive displays. Head out onto the water to the Tall Ship, and make like pirates on its wooden decks and cubby holes for the ships mates.