Introduction

With its appealing studenty buzz, modish bars and cafes and bohemian swagger, the West End is for many the most engaging area of Glasgow – it's great for people-watching. Streets of elegant terraced houses and ample parkland cover large areas of the district, which is centred around the Victorian grandeur of the University of Glasgow and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Glasgow's key eat streets are also here.

Explore

The West End's key sights are fairly close together in this neighbourhood's centre. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum could easily take half a day or more to explore, while the Hunterian Museum and art gallery, incorporating Mackintosh House, are also both worth plenty of time. But much of the pleasure of the district is in wandering, whether browsing shops up and down Byres Rd, pacing the path along the River Kelvin, or strolling the Botanic Gardens. You should dedicate at least two evenings of your stay in Glasgow to the West End: one around Great Western and Byres Rds, the other on the Finnieston strip of eateries on Argyle St.

Highlights

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Being amazed by the diversity and quality of the collection here, which ranges from natural history to the paintings of the Glasgow Boys.
  • Mackintosh House Seeing what Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald designed for their own home is a memorable brush with genius.
  • The Finnieston Grazing your way along this vibrant eating and drinking strip is a real pleasure; The Finnieston itself is an inviting spot for a fine G&T or some smart seafood.
  • Botanic Gardens Leaving busy traffic behind as you enter this sizeable park is an excellent way to take some time out on a fine day.
  • Ashton Lane Kicking back in this classic alleyway at renowned restaurant Ubiquitous Chip or one of several pubs and bars.

Top Tips

Glasgow's subway isn't always super useful for travellers, but it's certainly very handy for reaching the West End, with three key stops getting you close to most of the major points of interest.