Glasgow is renowned for its friendliness and has earned the title of one of the friendliest cities in the world. The friendliness of its residents has been acknowledged through various travel awards and surveys. While specific awards may vary, Glasgow consistently receives recognition for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it a visitor favourite. The city’s hospitality is often highlighted as a key factor in creating a positive and memorable visitor experience. My daughter and I enjoyed visiting this beautiful city in October when we went to Glasgow University’s open day. Admittedly, we didn’t have enough time to meander around, but I have been before, so here’s what I’d like to share.


So please move on and do not be snobbish about its ‘grime and crime’ reputation from the sixties; it’s a truly fantastic city to visit.


Ready for a quick escape to Glasgow? You’re in for a treat! The city is a cultural hub with a lot to explore. I recommend snagging City Mapper for an easy-breezy way to get around – whether you prefer walking, the subway, OVO bike rentals, or hopping on a well-connected train or bus.


Dive into art at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where you can soak in works by Rembrandt and other masters. The West End is a must-visit, especially the trendy Great Western Road and the charming Ashton Lane, where vintage finds and Scottish treats are a must-see.


Feel like a bit of history? The Glasgow Necropolis offers hauntingly beautiful views, and the Antonine Wall, built by the Romans in 142 AD, boasts visible ruins and walking trails.


Wrap up your day by embracing Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music status. Dance the night away at Barrowland Ballroom, a spot with a glowing façade and a rich musical history.


And for a touch of trivia, Glasgow University was founded in 1451, and it’s the fourth oldest university in the UK. It has some impressive alumni, including Lord Kelvin, Adam Smith, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So, as you explore the city, remember you’re stepping on some seriously historic ground!


Other places that might be on your bucket list:

  1. Botanic Gardens: A peaceful retreat in the West End, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens offer a lovely setting for a leisurely stroll, surrounded by stunning plant collections and greenery.
  2. Tea Rooms at The Willow: Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Willow Tea Rooms offer a delightful spot for afternoon tea, combining history, art, and delicious treats.
  3. Merchant City: This area is perfect for shopping and exploring. It’s home to independent boutiques, art galleries, and stylish cafes, creating a vibrant atmosphere.
  4. Glasgow Women’s Library: A unique and inspiring space dedicated to women’s history, literature, and achievements. It’s a great place for those interested in women’s societal contributions.
  5. The Hidden Lane Tearoom: Tucked away in the trendy Finnieston area, this tearoom in the Hidden Lane is known for its quirky charm, delicious cakes, and vintage finds.
  6. Glasgow Green: A beautiful park where you can unwind and enjoy the outdoors. The People’s Palace in the Park offers insights into Glasgow’s social history.
  7. Ubiquitous Chip: A renowned restaurant located in the heart of the West End, known for its locally sourced, seasonal menu and artsy ambience.


There are several ways to travel from London to Glasgow, and the choice depends on your preferences, budget, and time constraints. Here are some common options:

  1. Train:
    • Service Providers: Avanti West Coast, LNER (London North Eastern Railway), and TransPennine Express.
    • Duration: The train journey takes approximately 4.5 to 5.5 hours, depending on the type of train and specific route.
    • Departure Stations in London: Trains typically depart from London Euston station.
    • Arrival Station in Glasgow: Glasgow Central Station.
  2. Bus/Coach:
    • Service Providers: National Express and Megabus.
    • Duration: Bus journeys can take around 7 to 9 hours, depending on traffic and stops.
    • Departure Stations in London: Coaches usually depart from Victoria Coach Station.
    • Arrival Station in Glasgow: Buses arrive at Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow.
  3. Car:
    • Driving Distance: The road distance between London and Glasgow is approximately 400 miles (640 kilometres).
    • Duration: Driving time can vary depending on traffic and route, but it’s usually around 7-8 hours.
  4. Flight:
    • Airports: You can fly from London to Glasgow. Both London and Glasgow have international airports.
    • Duration: The flight itself takes around 1 to 1.5 hours, but when factoring in check-in and travel to and from airports, the total time might be comparable to the train journey.
    • Airline Options: Various airlines operate flights between London and Glasgow, including British Airways and easyJet.
  5. Car Rental:
    • Option: Renting a car and driving from London to Glasgow allows flexibility and the opportunity to explore along the way.

Before planning your journey, you should check current schedules, prices, and travel restrictions, as they may change based on various factors. Additionally, consider booking tickets in advance to secure the best prices.


Enjoy, and do let me know how you get on,



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