Glasgow West End
Explore the bohemian wonders of Glasgow’s West End, home to a quirky range of shops, bars, parks and world-class museums
Glasgow’s West End has all the conveniences of city living, combined with a culturally rich village atmosphere. You’ll discover a treasure trove of cafés, bars, restaurants and boutiques, many tucked away down quaint cobbled lanes. Live within walking distance of the University of Glasgow, the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, and marvel over its gothic renaissance campus.
There’s a great range of museums and galleries, including the magnificent, free to enter, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or at Mackintosh House you can learn about the city’s art and design heritage. Stroll through the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, or wander along the leafy River Kelvin before having a picnic at Glasgow’s celebrated Botanic Gardens.
A variety of festivals take place throughout the year, so there’s always something new to see. There’s an annual outdoor Shakespeare festival, Bard in the Botanics, as well as The Glasgow International Comedy Festival and Celtic Connections Folk Festival - plus the West End has its own festival every June.
Jump on the subway at Hillhead and the ‘Clockwork Orange’ will take you to the city centre within ten minutes. When you want to shop locally, Byres Road is bustling with boutique shops, charity stores and quality supermarkets. If you prefer exclusive boutiques or vintage shops, you’ll find plenty to choose from on Ruthven Lane, Cresswell Road and Otago Lane.