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Glasgow is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, to the west of the capital Edinburgh. The former industrial city is now an important cultural gathering place for the country. Glaswegians are known to be friendly people with a love for live music and soccer.
You can explore Glasgow’s compact city center on foot. The public transport system is convenient too. Spacious George Square is a good starting point, with its dozen statues and stately buildings. If you are here on November 30, join the celebrations for Scotland’s patron saint St. Andrew. Another street festival is Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration.
Rain is common in this part of the U.K., but Glasgow offers plenty of indoor attractions. Visit the Gothic Glasgow Cathedral or some of the 20 museums. The Hunterian, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Gallery of Modern Art each offer a very different art and history experience.
Visit The Lighthouse, a center for design, to learn about the work of Glasgow’s celebrated architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Younger visitors will enjoy interactive exhibits, such as a giant hamster wheel, at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Glasgow Green on the riverfront is a great place on a sunny day. Photograph monuments, see social history and horticulture displays and watch the children climb in the play village at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, the city’s oldest park.
Nearby is Glasgow’s oldest pub, the Scotia Bar. Sample single malt whiskies or ales and ask the locals what the score is with the Rangers and Celtic: The city’s long-competing soccer teams are always good topics for animated tales.
The soccer Hall of Fame is in The Hampden, Scotland’s national football stadium, which doubles as a live music venue. The more intimate King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is Glasgow’s much-praised concert hall.
If you want to venture outside the city limits, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, just one-hour’s drive from Glasgow, is a good place to sample the natural diversity of the Scottish highlands.
Hilton Glasgow makes a great downtown base, placing guests a 5-minute drive from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Glasgow’s West End, filled with authentic old pubs and top-notch restaurants, is 8 minutes by taxi. The Mackintosh Trail is a must for architecture buffs.
A modern architectural landmark, the Radisson Blu is in the city centre, across from Central Station and steps from the financial district. Buchanan Street, Glasgow's main shopping thoroughfare, is a 5-minute walk.
Adjacent to Queen Street Railway Station, this Glasgow hotel offers a prime location across from George Square. The shops and galleries of Buchanan Street and Princes Square are steps away.
Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glasgow Science Centre, The SSE Hydro, and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps from Gallery of Modern Art and George Square. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km).
The hotel is joined to the architectural marvel that is Glasgow Central Station, surrounded by top boutiques. The 12th-century cathedral is 7 minutes away by car, and it's a short walk to the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as to great restaurants like Rogano Oyster Bar, a local institution.
Situated in Drymen, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Loch Lomond, Inchailloch, and Glengoyne Distillery. Balloch Castle and Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Argyll Arcade, Gallery of Modern Art, and The SSE Hydro. Clyde Auditorium and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).