Although Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, all tourist sites are in a walking distance from each other. This makes the decision where to stay in Glasgow super easy.
The city is divided into few big areas: City Center, West End, East End, South Side and North Glasgow. Each of these areas contains few smaller districts. They are marked with the letter G + a digit. So if you look at the address of any hotel you can easily understand where exactly it is located.
Glasgow is filled with old Victorian buildings from the 19th and 20th century. I was so in love with the architecture of the city, that after a day of sightseeing I decided to walk to the hotel instead of taking the subway. This meant additional 6km on the top that I have already walked (more than 10km). Yet, I didn’t care. I just wanted to get more from this beautiful city.
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The City Center includes the Merchant City (G1), Charing Cross (G2), Woodlands (G3) and St Georges Cross (G4).
The City Center is undoubtedly the best area to stay in Glasgow for a first-time visit. This is also the most convenient base if you plan to explore the rest of Scotland. There are two train stations and one main bus station an arm’s distance away. Most of the restaurants and bars are within this area, too.
Merchant City (City Centre)
Merchant City is located in the eastern part of the City Center. It is the medieval heart of Glasgow. Merchant City is where the city started 15 centuries ago. Tolbooth Steeple, the only remaining part of the old Town Hall, is here. I stayed in Merchant City for my first trip to Scotland.
Choose the City Center
If you want everything you need to be at your doorstep or if you are short on time.
- Glasgow Central Station and Buchanan Street train and bus stations connect you to the rest of Scotland.
- The last stop of the Glasgow Airport Express is Buchanan Street bus station.
- A major part of the tourist sites is here: Glasgow Cathedral, Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship, George Square and many museums.
- There are two main shopping malls – the Buchanan Galleries and the St. Enoch Centre.
- Some of my favourite restaurants and cafes are located here. Wilson Street Pantry and Singl-end are great places for breakfast or lunch. Go to Obsession Of India or Bread Meats Bread if you are looking for a delicious dinner. Spend the rest of the evening in Gin71 or BrewDog.
Where to stay in Glasgow, City Center
Where to stay in Glasgow, Merchant City
Finnieston (West End)
Finnieston is a part of the bigger area, called West End. The district combines old Victorian charm with vintage shops and green parks. You simply can’t help falling in love with the beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings. This is the best area to stay in Glasgow if you are looking for more local feel.
Finnieston is also home to Kelvingrove Museum and the University of Glasgow. In addition to the Kelvingrove Park, the Botanic Gardens are an arm’s distance away.
If you are looking for a calm area close to the main attractions.
- Must-see sites: the University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Museum.
- The famous SSE Hydro indoor arena is here. Thus makes the area convenient if you are visiting Glasgow for a concert.
Where to stay in Finnieston
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