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Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)

These buildings that make up one of Scotland’s most important events venues have become iconic sights on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has earned a prestigious reputation for hosting some of the biggest events in the U.K. The different buildings that comprise the center are unmistakable sights on the riverside, their contemporary metallic architecture fitting in with the ultra-modern waterfront, which also features two stylish museums. Walk along the banks of the River Clyde to admire the unique structures or attend one of the many impressive events hosted within.

When development began on the SECC at the end of the 1970s, the site was a derelict dockyard. After the first concert in the new center in 1985, the area has continued to progress, adding an extra auditorium, a hotel and a concert stadium. Visit this location, now one of the most important venues in Glasgow’s events and arts scene.

Wander around the site of the SECC and take photos of the distinctive buildings. The croissant-like Clyde Auditorium, known affectionately as “the Armadillo,” was designed by Norman Foster and has a roof consisting of curved ridges. The SSE Hydro, one of the busiest gig venues in the world, is a translucent ellipse, while the frontage of the main SECC building is made entirely from glass.

Purchase tickets to one of the gigs or events hosted here. Famous bands such as U2 have performed here, while sporting events, such as the Commonwealth Games, have also been held in this multipurpose precinct. Spend an evening laughing at popular stand-up comics or attending a crafts workshop in the main building’s breakout rooms.

Head farther along the Clyde to the Riverside Museum, a striking piece of architecture with an entrance shaped like a sound wave. Inside, exhibits are dedicated to the history of travel and transportation, with examples of carriages, boats and bicycles from throughout history. Directly across the river from the SECC is the bulbous, metal Glasgow Science Centre, a museum with interactive exhibits and a planetarium.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is located next to Exhibition Centre train station, which operates regular services into Glasgow Central. Drive here and use the metered parking on-site.


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citizenM Hotel Glasgow $92
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.

    Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre $61
    Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre

    Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre

    Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Glasgow Westend, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The SSE Hydro and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Glasgow Exhibition Centre Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kinning Park Station is 13 minutes.

      GoGlasgow Urban Hotel by Compass Hospitality $50
      GoGlasgow Urban Hotel by Compass Hospitality

      GoGlasgow Urban Hotel by Compass Hospitality

      517 Paisley Road West, Glasgow, Scotland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Glasgow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of House for an Art Lover, Ibrox Stadium, and Bellahouston Park. The SSE Hydro and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ibrox Station is 7 minutes by foot and Cessnock Station is 8 minutes.

        Radisson RED Glasgow $86
        Radisson RED Glasgow

        Radisson RED Glasgow

        Finnieston Quay; 25 Tunnel Street, Glasgow, Scotland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Glasgow Westend, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The SSE Hydro and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Glasgow Exhibition Centre Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kinning Park Station is 14 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.

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow $90
            Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow

            Congress Road, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Glasgow Westend, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clyde Auditorium, The SSE Hydro, and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Glasgow Exhibition Centre Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kinning Park Station is 19 minutes.

              Dakota Glasgow $139
              Dakota Glasgow

              Dakota Glasgow

              179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are also within 15 minutes. Glasgow Charing Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cowcaddens Station is 8 minutes.

                Argyll Hotel $36
                Argyll Hotel

                Argyll Hotel

                973 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Glasgow Westend, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, The SSE Hydro, and Clyde Auditorium. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Glasgow Exhibition Centre Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kelvinhall Station is 13 minutes.