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George Square

The people of Glasgow love their spacious central gathering place, which is full of statues and surrounded by stately buildings and restaurants.

Visit George Square, named after King George III, to stand in the heart of Glasgow. See statues and sculptures of pioneering Scotsmen, admire historic architecture and enjoy fine dining. The square is a gathering place during large celebrations, such as St. Andrew’s Day on November 30, Christmas carnivals, student fairs and Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve).

This welcoming spot was once a muddy wasteland. In the late 1700s the area was transformed into private gardens bounded by Georgian townhouses. By the late 19th century it was a public square. Today, it houses the Tourist Information Centre, so it’s a good place to start your tour of Glasgow.

Admire the square’s most prominent structure, the 19th-century building of the Glasgow City Chambers to the east. Have a meal or beer in the old Bank of Scotland, an Italian Renaissance-style building that now houses a pub and restaurant.

George Square is home to a dozen statues of famous names from British culture. Among these are war memorials and statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and James Watt, the world-famous Scottish inventor. The tall central column is a homage to the writer Sir Walter Scott and underneath it stands the sculpture of poet Robert Burns, who wrote the lyrics of the song Auld Lang Syne.

Often you can enjoy live music by bagpipers and local bands on George Square. During St. Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay, you will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the celebrating locals. Check the Glasgow City Council website for upcoming events, with the Commonwealth Games being the major focus for the summer of 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Rent some skates and circle the ice rink in winter. During the holiday season the square becomes a sparkling fairground. Children will enjoy the traditional rides, such as a big wheel and carousel.

Situated in the center of Glasgow, George Square is within walking distance of many of the major attractions, including The Lighthouse and Gallery of Modern Art.

Public buses stop near the square, and Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street train stations are both a short walk away.


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Jurys Inn Glasgow $71
Jurys Inn Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from St. Enoch Centre and Merchant City. Buchanan Street and O2 Academy Glasgow are also within 10 minutes. St Enoch Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bridge Street Station is 6 minutes.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central $88
    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

    Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cowcaddens Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 9 minutes.

      Motel One Glasgow $85
      Motel One Glasgow

      Motel One Glasgow

      Argyle Street / Oswold Street, Glasgow, Scotland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merchant City, Buchanan Street, and Sauchiehall Street. George Square and O2 Academy Glasgow are also within 15 minutes. St Enoch Station and Glasgow Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        citizenM Hotel Glasgow $75
        citizenM Hotel Glasgow

        citizenM Hotel Glasgow

        60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Glasgow, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cowcaddens Station is 5 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 6 minutes.

          Millennium Hotel Glasgow $73
          Millennium Hotel Glasgow

          Millennium Hotel Glasgow

          40 George Square, Glasgow, Scotland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps from City Chambers and George Square. Merchant City and Buchanan Street are also within 5 minutes. Glasgow Queen Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 3 minutes.

            Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow $85
            Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

            Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

            301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Enoch Centre, Merchant City, and Buchanan Street. George Square and Sauchiehall Street are also within 15 minutes. St Enoch Station and Glasgow Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Native Glasgow
              Native Glasgow

              Native Glasgow

              14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Glasgow, this aparthotel is steps from Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, and Merchant City. Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street are also within 5 minutes. Glasgow Queen Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 3 minutes.

                Point A Hotel Glasgow $44
                Point A Hotel Glasgow

                Point A Hotel Glasgow

                80 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps from Pavilion Theatre and Sauchiehall Street. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Buchanan Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cowcaddens Station is 8 minutes.