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Glasgow Guide


We’re firmly of the opinion that no matter how much you’ve got packed in on your weekend, there’s always time for a little retail therapy too. Glasgow is one of the biggest shopping destinations outside of London, and a Mecca for girls who like to snap up a bargain. When you get the chance, check out…

Buchanan Street – with the massive Buchanan Galleries on one end, the St Enoch Centre at the south, and the Buchanan Quarter opened too, this is one area that is brimming over with high street stores and retail opportunities. In conjunction with Princes Square, a mall that leans towards the less affordable fashions like Westwood and Gieger, they make up Glasgow’s style mile.

Argyll Arcade – Scotland’s jewellery quarter, and the oldest covered shopping arcade in Britain. It’s home to round 32 jewellers, including both local designers and antiques.

The Barras Market – the biggest, oldest market you’re likely to find – it’s been around since before the Second World War. Everything is sold here, from vintage items and antiques to computer games and electronics. It is marred with suggestions of bootleg copies and pirating, but steer clear of the DVDs and you should be fine… it’s worth it for the eclectic atmosphere.



The King’s Theatre. Focuses mainly on traditional theatre, with plenty of plays, stand up performances, and a whole lot of musicals – Rock of Ages, Wicked, the Full Monty, and girl’s favourites like Dirty Dancing and Grease have been performed recently.

Citizens Theatre. It’s the principal producing theatre in Scotland, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see some new and innovative shows before they’re taken up by the rest of the UK. If you’d rather see an old favourite though, there’s plenty of Shakespeare and other recognisable plays in amongst all the new listings.


King Tut’s. It’s small and kind of shabby looking, but if you’re not opposed to slightly sticky floors and a grungy hipster crowd, it’s the best place in Glsagow to catch rock royalty performing a set – it’s where Oasis got signed, and Pulp, the Verve, the Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead all started their careers here.


The SSE Hydro. The fifth busiest entertainment venue in the world, only falling behind giants like the O2 Arena and Madison Square Gardens. It’s all about showing the biggest and the best here, with icons like Lady Gaga, Strictly Come Dancing, Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, and Katy Perry stopping by, as well as some of the countries biggest comics.

Glasgow’s oldest pub

It’s widely disputed, which means that you’ve got a ready made excuse for a pub crawl through all the contenders. The Scotia, the Old College Bar, and Sloan’s are all possibilities, so stop by to see some authentic, old-school Glasgow hospitality.

Kelvingrove Park

Glasgow is greener than you might expect, with 90-odd parks around the city. Kelvingrove is the biggest of these, at 85 acres. Everything you could possibly want out of a park is inside, including rivers, tennis courts, art galleries, and a couple of otters too. If you’ve got some time to spare Sunday morning before you all go home, it’s the best place in Glasgow to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the sun.


February – Glasgow Film Festival
March – Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow Music Fair
June – West End Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival
July – Surge (street arts, physical theatre and comedy)
September – Proms in the Park

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