Glasgow travel guide

Scotland’s largest city by population is a hub of culture and an incredible place to visit. Whether you’re into the architecture of famous Glaswegian Charles Rennie Mackintosh or the refined art of brewing craft beer, Scottish charm abounds in this fun and friendly city. This is also a town that knows how to shop, so when you’ve soaked up as much epic Glasgow as you can handle, retail therapy and welcoming cosy pubs will be waiting. If you’re planning a visit, explore our Glasgow travel guide and find out how to make the most of your time in this Scotland’s most contemporary city. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have all sorts of suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel, where to stay in Glasgow, getting around and more.

Where to stay

The question of where to stay in Glasgow is all about knowing what sort of accommodation will suit you best. Do you prefer to keep it simple, or would you like to go all out and stay somewhere fancy?  It’s also important to pick accommodation that is close to everything you’d like to do during your holiday. Looking to go on a cultural excursion? Stay in West End! Want to explore the port districts? Stay in the city centre.  To give you a better idea of what sort of accommodation to expect in each area, here’s a handy breakdown of some of our favourite spots.

Things to do

In such a sprawling metropolis, you’ll never find yourself running short of amazing things to do in Glasgow. Spend some time exploring the gorgeous Glasgow Botanic Gardens or immerse yourself in the city’s long and storied history with a tour of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The next incredible Glasgow experience is always just around the corner.

Travel tips

If this is your first time travelling to Scotland, or even travelling internationally, you may be in need of a few Glasgow travel tips. Fortunately, we’re here to help.  Travelling to Glasgow as an Australian is an incredibly easy process. It’s been said that, for Australians, arriving in Scotland feels like a bit of a homecoming. There is much that Australia has in common with Scotland – our fanatical love of sports and a good beer for instance – so you’ll be feeling comfortable and at home in no time at all.

Getting Around

Given its heritage as an industrial town and a major freight hub, Glasgow transport has always been among the best in the UK. From reliable public transport to beautifully curated city streets made for walking or cycling, there are many options for getting around Glasgow.  Additionally, because Glasgow is not as large a city as somewhere like Sydney or Melbourne, you won’t find yourself waiting for transport very long. Most routes are short and traffic is often minimal. Friendly reminder: be careful on the road after it’s been raining!

Where to eat

Working out where to eat in Glasgow won’t take you very long. A modern European city, Glasgow is home to a thriving food and drink scene with many different international options, local and overseas chains, traditional Scottish cuisine, and upscale fine-dining.  Better yet, every part of the city boasts its own favourite eateries, so no matter where you’re based, you won’t go hungry. Try the haggis if you’re feeling brave, or simply stick to what you know – in Glasgow, there’s no wrong answers when it comes to grabbing a bite.


Glasgow shopping is a uniquely Scottish experience. From the vast shopping centres found throughout its various districts to the boutique fashion outlets in the more bohemian districts, Glasgow has a bargain to interest even the most discerning travellers.  Many of the city’s nicest shopping precincts also rank among its most historic – recent renovations in the Merchant City district have seen a number of Glasgow’s most upmarket shops move into venerable warehouses and old buildings. This makes shopping a great way to grab a deal on a souvenir and take in some local history at the same time.

Best time to travel

The locals will tell you that, without a doubt, if you want to experience the finest possible weather in Glasgow, then you should do your best to visit during the summer months.  This is not to suggest that there’s no value in visiting Glasgow throughout the rest of the year, though, because there absolutely is. Only you can decide what constitutes the best time to travel to Glasgow. Just be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes if you plan to visit outside of summer.


Glasgow parks are everywhere. Even as you fly into Glasgow Airport, the one thing that will jump out at you right away is just how many parks there are. Pockets of green can be found in every part of city, natural havens among the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Some of these parks commemorate great moments or people in Glaswegian history, while others are simply there for the benefit of Glasgow residents who love nothing more than appreciating a day of fine weather. Add some tranquillity to your itinerary with a tour of Glasgow’s loveliest parks.