Flights to Glasgow (GLA)

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Flights to Glasgow

Glasgow is regularly named among the top destinations to visit in the UK and it’s easy to see why. Scotland’s second largest city might not be the capital – that’s Edinburgh, on the east coast – but it’s certainly a capital of culture. Flights to Glasgow will help you understand why the city is renowned for its vibrant creative arts and music scene, as well as some of the best restaurants, lounges, and live music venues in the world.

Glasgow city centre, known as the Merchant City, is home to some the best places to eat, drink and shop in Europe – including the impressive shopping mall, the St Enoch Centre. There are markets, museums and art galleries everywhere, including the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and lots of traditional eateries offering a warming ambience when the weather gets chilly. These cosy nooks are also good spots to try local dishes, such as haggis with ‘tatties and neaps’ (potatoes and turnips) and ‘cock-a-leekie’ (chicken and leek) soup.

As one of the finest Victorian cities in Great Britain, the city is rich in history too. You can stroll along the River Clyde and soak up Glasgow’s maritime past, before stopping along the waterfront for a coffee. For sports fans, Glasgow is home to not one but two historic football teams – Celtic and Rangers – one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in club football, the Old Firm derby.

This passion extends beyond the sporting arena: the city is proud of its past and its traditions, but is also always looking ahead to the future. And as brilliant as the place is, it’s really the people who make Glasgow. Scots are nothing if not convivial, and Glaswegians bring a charm that’s as unique as it is appealing.

Visit the culture trio

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to culture in Glasgow. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to almost 10,000 pieces, is the most visited attraction in the UK outside London, and admission is free. Visit it and the Riverside Museum and the People's Palace and Winter Gardens and you'll have completed the 'Cultural Trio' of Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
G3 8AG
+44 141 276 9599

Relax in Pollock Country Park

Just a 10-minute train ride from Glasow's city centre you'll find the award-winning Pollock Country Park, 140 acres of lush lawns and gardens. It regularly hosts community events such as dray rides and organised sunrise walks, and boasts the Pollock House, an 18th century home with an impressive art collection.

2060 Pollokshaws Road
G43 1AT
+44 141 287 5064

Visit the Necropolis

Friends of the Necropolis offer free two-hour walking tours around the historic site from which the organisation takes its name. The passionate, very knowledgeable volunteer guides will tell you all about the lives – and often fascinating deaths – of the graveyard's residents. And the views over Glasgow are spectacular.

Glasgow Necropolis
70 Cathedral Square
City Centre
G4 0UZ
+44 141 287 3961

See Celtic or Rangers

To be accepted as an honorary Glaswegian, you may have to pick an Old Firm side: Celtic or Rangers. Head to either Celtic Park (home of the top division Bhoys) or Ibrox Stadium to experience the atmosphere created by some of the world's most passionate football fans. Just be sure to wear the right colours for your side of town.

Celtic Park
G40 3RE
+44 871 226 1888

Drive to Loch Lomond

When you’re standing in the middle of the city centre, you wouldn’t believe that Loch Lomond is just a 30-minute drive out of town. In and around the freshwater loch is perfect for canoeing, hiking and mountain-biking, while Britain’s biggest stretch of open water is full of wildlife.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Carrochan Road
G83 8EG
+44 1389 722 600

Ubiquitous Chip (Scottish)

Not only is the Ubiquitous Chip the best-named place to eat in Glasgow, it's one of the oldest. This award-winning restaurant has a menu that uses only local Scottish ingredients, and it’s been going for almost 50 years. Keep an eye out for special events, like the jazz lunches.

12 Ashton Lane
G12 8SJ
+44 141 334 5007

The Squid & Whale (Mexican)

If you’re looking for a friendly, cosy spot for a laid-back dinner, the Squid & Whale is a good choice. This relaxed Mexican restaurant in Glasgow also has an impressive selection of craft beverages, which you can use to wash down the lengthy menu of tacos, burritos, antojitos and daily specials.

372-374 Great Western Road
G4 9HT
+44 141 339 5070

The Dhabba (Indian)

Dhabbas are roadside diners in northern India, which is where this restaurant’s cuisine comes from. The chefs here have cooked for presidents in their homeland, so they know their stuff. Be sure to try the dum pukht – curries slow-cooked and sealed in pots with thin layers of bread.

44 Candleriggs
G1 1LE
+44 141 553 1249

Old Salty's (Seafood)

You can’t leave Scotland without eating something coated in batter – this is the land that gave the world deep-fried Mars Bars, after all. Glaswegians love their fish and chips, and Old Salty’s serves up some of the best in town. For a lighter bite, try their grilled tiger prawns with lemon and chilli.

1126 Argyle Street
City Centre
G3 8TD
+ 44 141 357 5677

Number 16 (International)

Blink and you’ll miss this cosy little restaurant at the bottom of Glasgow's Byres Road. It’s a popular neighbourhood bistro (there is room for just 40 diners) that serves up traditional Scottish food with an international twist.

16 Byres Road
City Centre
G11 5JY
+44 141 339 2544

McCune Smith (Cafe)

Get chatting to one of McCune's regulars and they'll tell you this stylish cafe is the best in all of Glasgow. Its menu regularly changes, but try something like rye bread stuffed with scrapple (a meatloaf made with cornmeal), fresh apple and cranberry sauce, and it’s hard to disagree.

3-5 Duke Street
City Centre
G4 0UL
+44 141 548 1114

ABode Glasgow

Just like Glasgow itself, ABode Glasgow feels both modern and old world at the same time. This 59-room townhouse is beautifully designed, and the wooden panelling and floor-to-ceiling bookcases will make you feel like you’re in a cosy cabin. It’s the perfect setting to relax and plan your holiday.

129 Bath Street
City Centre
G2 2SZ
+44 141 221 6789

Blythswood Square

This five-star spa hotel has 100 rooms that get the balance between classic and contemporary just right. You can choose from a range of sizes, from the compact but comfortable Standard Room to the Penthouse Suite. Even if you don’t stay the night, it's worth visiting for the popular afternoon tea or hanging out in the lively lounge.

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow City
G2 4AD
+44 141 248 8888

Hotel du Vin

Set on a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End, this is one seriously stylish hotel. As well as its fashionable lounge, bistro and bedrooms, Hotel du Vin even has its own cigar room. It’s also conveniently located just 30 minutes from beautiful Loch Lomond.

1 Devonshire Gardens
Glasgow City
G12 0UX
+44 141 378 0385

The Z Hotel Glasgow

Compact and contemporary, this 'urbanite stay' hotel is a former printworks found in the centre of the city, right next to George Square. Understated and with reasonable rates, it's one of the best mid-range hotels in Glasgow.

36 North Frederick Street
City Centre
+44 141 212 4550

Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow

This is a small, sleek hotel with a great location near Central Station. Like Glasgow itself, the Grasshopper (as it’s affectionately known) is classy without being pretentious. When you’re not hanging out in the stylish, unfussy rooms, you can take advantage of discounted entry to the gym and pool.

87 Union Street
City Centre
G1 3TA
+44 141 222 2666

citizenM Glasgow

citizenM Glasgow is a quirky hotel that promises “absolutely no trouser presses, bellboys, towel swans, or boring pillow chocolates”. What you will get are huge comfy beds, wall-to-wall windows and free movies. There’s also free Wi-Fi and use of creative spaces where you can make notes on the wipe-clean walls.

60 Renfrew Street
G2 3BW
+44 20 3519 1111

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