The East End includes the oldest part of the city, concentrated around Glasgow Cathedral, and a range of traditional Glasgow districts that are fast becoming hubs of creative activity. One of these, the Calton, once famous for its linen mills, is now one of Britain's poorest areas; it hums with life at its famous weekend Barras market. It's a predominantly Catholic area and a major focus of worship is the stadium of Celtic FC just down the road.
Allow a generous half day to explore the attractions around Glasgow Cathedral, including an unhurried walk in the necropolis and visits to Provand's Lordship and the intriguing St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art. It won't eat into your budget either; they are all free to visit.
Visiting the Barras market is an essential Glasgow weekend experience that could extend into a leisurely day if you factor in a seafood meal, a leisurely browse of the stalls and shops both traditional and modern-creative, and a look around the People's Palace or perhaps a home game or stadium tour at Celtic Park.
Thirsty? There are three breweries in the region.
- Glasgow Cathedral Examining the glorious stonework of one of Scotland's finest religious buildings, admiring the chapels in the lower church and the fine stonework of the choir screen, then pacing between the over-the-top memorials of the necropolis.
- St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art Pondering the meaning of life and death as you enjoy the cross-cultural perspective of this excellent museum opposite the cathedral.
- The Barras Browsing this weekend market has long been an iconic Glasgow experience but it needed a bit of rejuvenation; that's happened with a buzzy craft, design and vintage scene.
- Celtic FC Drinking in the atmosphere at this cauldron of football as the passionate support cheers the boys in green and white hoops on to another likely victory.
- Breweries Investigating the fine craft brewer Drygate, one of three beer producers in the area.
It really does pay to set aside a Saturday or Sunday to explore the Barras area; it's far more vibrant when the weekend market is open.