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Whether visiting Glasgow for the first time or making a return trip, we’ve pulled together some top tips on the city’s diverse neighbourhoods to help you discover some hidden gems.

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City Centre

Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise, second only to London’s West End. You’ll find everything you can imagine and more on the Style Mile – from the magical Hamleys to luxury brand John Lewis. Take a free tour of Glasgow’s magnificent City Chambers before hopping on Glasgow’s very own City Sightseeing bus – a fun way to explore!

Merchant City

The Merchant City is where the 18th Century Tobacco Lords had their warehouses which are now cool boutiques, bars and restaurants. The best way to discover this neighbourhood is to walk around and take in the sights including the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. Head to Ingram Street lined with luxury retailers or treat the kids at Mrs Mitchell’s old school sweet shop.

West End

With its sandstone tenements and leafy avenues the West End is the perfect place for a spot of people watching. Take a walk through the park to the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Shop vintage, antiques and bits and pieces then relax with a cocktail in one of the bustling bars or restaurants on the cobbled Ashton Lane (gourmet burger restaurant Ketchup is great for the kids!).


Finnieston has been given a new lease of life since the opening of the SSE Hydro Arena. It’s now buzzing with bars, restaurants, independent shops and art galleries. Check out the Riverside Museum, with bicycles, trams and even a Tall Ship. Afterwards, head to The Hidden Lane Tearooms for a cuppa while you ponder which restaurant to pick for a meal – there is so much choice, it could take a while.


The Southside is a great place to explore with the kids. Glasgow Science Centre is full of interactive exhibits and a not to be missed Planetarium and IMAX cinema. You’ll also find some of Glasgow’s best loved parks and gardens. Head to Bellahouston Park to visit the stunning House for an Art Lover or Pollok Country Park, home to our very own Downton Abbey, Pollok House.