How to spend 24 hours in Glasgow

Over the festive period I headed up to Glasgow for a friend's wedding and to see in the New Year. Scotland is my favourite country within the United Kingdom so I was pretty excited to see what Glasgow had to offer. Luckily it lived up to my expectations. It's a city full of wonderful culture, incredible places to eat and gorgeous architecture. I could have stayed in the West End all week - I'd definitely recommend you use it as a base. But if you're not lucky enough like me to spend a week in the city, here is how to get the best out of Glasgow in 24 hours.

First up head to breakfast at Hillhead Bookclub. Located in the West End, this cosy little place does a cracking brunch menu. Go for the poached eggs in a bed of spicy chorizo, creamy avocado and a hollandaise sauce with a side of bread to mop up the delicious leftovers! If you fancy something a little more substantial, the Scottish breakfast looked great. Once you've filled your belly, it's then time to start exploring!

Catch the Hillhead Subway into the town centre for a wander around. It's £4 for an all day ticket. Do a little shopping if you fancy it - you'll be spoilt for choice with everything on offer! Make sure you stop for a photo opportunity at the famous Duke of Wellington statue in Royal Exchange Square. You'll spot it straight away thanks to a traffic cone on it's head!

Catch a taxi - so cheap! - or the subway back to the West End for lunch at Hanoi Bike Shop. This Vietnamese gem is hidden down a side street opposite Hillhead Subway. As the city's only Vietnamese restaurant, it's very popular with the locals. Go wild with the sharing dishes or ask them to choose you a selection for under £20 per person. We loved the pheasant curry and the honey chicken - I wish I could have bottled up the sauce to take home!

Take a short wander down to visit the Botanic Gardens. Set in a ornate Victorian greenhouse, it only takes around 30 minutes to really soak up the gardens. But it's a lovely place to just mill around. It always stuns me just how incredible those Victorians were and how many things they created are still enjoyed today. There's also a little tearoom if you fancy stopping for tea and cake.

Take a leisurely 20 minute stroll to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This insane building is an Aladdin's cave. Full in interesting artefacts, incredible history and beautiful art, it's a place you can spend an hour or indeed a full day. I wish we had got there for 1pm to listen to the organ recital. Sadly we missed the famous Salvador Dali Christ of St John of The Cross. But it's just an excuse to go back again!

Have a quick drink to rest your feet at Brewdog. Situated opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery, this branch of the Scottish craft beer company is a great place to enjoy a drink. Offering a brilliant selection of different beers, there's also spirits and ciders to try too. Try the beer flight for their best beers.

After you've quenched your thirst, it's time to head up the head behind Kelvingrove to the university. J K Rowling based Hogwarts on the building so as you can imagine, it's a dream! It's also home to the  slightly creepy Hunterian museum which is worth a wander around.

Finally head down to Mother's India Cafe on the road opposite for a spot of dinner. Keep in mind you may have to queue but it's well worth the effort. Choose from a variety of tapas style dishes for an Indian feast. We loved the dal options and the saag chicken. We ordered so, so much yet it only came to about £20 each with drinks included. It's very similar to Dishoom if you have ever been.

Have you ever been to Glasgow? If so, what were your favourite things to do?


  1. I really must visit Glasgow soon, it looks utterly wonderful! x

  2. I always wanted to visit Glasgow...thanks for this handy post :)
    Frankie x

  3. Mish and I went to Glasgow in 2014 but just for one night! I'd love to go back but it was freezing even in August! x

  4. Wowzers what a beautiful place, until this year I hadn't ever been to Scotland! xx

  5. Glasgow looks so good! I'm definitely bookmarking this for when I eventually go there. I might need to buy a thicker coat though. Ha!

    - Elodie x

  6. Wonderful post, it really is a wonderful city! So much to do and so little time :)


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