Tucked away down a peaceful street in the heart of the West End, the Albion Hotel is only a few minutes stroll away from the buzz of the West End. Both Great Western road and Byres road are a stones throw away and are lined with trendy cafes, intimate bars and award winning restaurants. Here’s our top picks:
Queen’s Cross is the only church to have been designed by renowned architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. You can see Mackintosh’s influence throughout the city but this hidden gem is worth a visit to see his signature style in full force.
As the fourth oldest English-speaking university in the world, its corridors are steeped in history. Get a flavour of it on a tour or visit the Huntarian Museum which houses anatomical artefacts (not for the faint-hearted!) and object from all over the globe. Tours run daily, Tuesday – Sunday.
The Kelvingrove lies just a few minutes’ walk south of our hotel and is home to an astounding array of artefacts from around the world. With something to pique the interest of little and not-so-little kids, the venue is free of charge and provides the perfect setting for an afternoon of discovery.
Glasgow’s only dedicated comedy club, The Stand hosts a show 7 nights a week and even has child-friendly comedy each Sunday afternoon. With everything from big-named stars like Frankie Boyle to the country’s up-and-coming comics, there’s always something new on stage to give you a chuckle.
Glasgow is home to a varied and active theatre scene and the Theatre Royal has one of the most eclectic programs. Upcoming shows include The Very Hungry Caterpillar to capture the imagination of little ones, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and Scottish Opera’s La Boheme.
While the SECC holds yearly conferences and exhibitions like the Ideal Home Show, BBC Good Food and Scottish Wedding Exhibition, pulling in businesses from all over the country to display their wares, the Hydro plays host to some of the world’s biggest stars with Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran gracing the stage in the last year.
The banks of the River Kelvin snake their way along the perimeter of the Botanic Gardens, providing a quiet route for walking or relaxing. The Gardens are free of charge to visit and are home to a wide range of tropical plant life residing in the impressive glass houses.
If you’d like to explore a little more of Glasgow’s history and landscape then head out along the canal pathways. Popular routes include Glasgow Milngavie or Kirkintilloch which are best experienced by bike (hire available on Gibson Street, a 10 minute walk from the Albion Hotel) or for a short stroll try heading along to Speirs Wharf or Maryhill Locks.
A local favourite, you’ll find plenty of meandering pathways and play parks for little ones in one of the city’s best-loved green spaces.
The Glasgow Science Centre is a great place to discover, explore and play with a range of interactive exhibits, science shows, planetarium and IMAX cinema screen for the best way to see all the latest film releases.
Another fantastic free city attraction, the Riverside Museum charts Glasgow’s social history with an emphasis on the evolving transport options on its streets. With a Tall Ship to explore for any budding pirates you might have in tow, the Riverside provides the perfect space to let off a little steam and learn along the way!
Boasting mini-golf, laser-quest, bowling, cinema, ice-rink (seasonal restrictions apply), real snow-slope and climbing zone, Braehead really has it all. If you’re looking for some adrenaline-filled fun or a way to entertain the kids on a rainy day then Braehead is the place to head to.
If you have access to a car or want to take a short train-trip out of the city then Loch Lomond gives you a little slice of the Scottish wilderness without having to venture too far. You can take a hike on one of the many routes along the Loch-side or relax in the Loch Lomond Shores retail space. There’s even an aquarium if you’d like to get up close and personal with some fishy-friends.
Cushions, book shelves lined with interesting texts left behind by visitors-past and a yogic vibe make Tchai Ovna one of the most popular spots in the West End. Mid-afternoons and early evenings are quiet times before entertainment begins – get in quick to bag a comfy spot, kick off your shoes and relax.
Freshly baked cream cakes and sweet delights outside our door? Yes please! Cottonrake has been cooking up a storm since it opened and is a great place to grab a pastry and takeout coffee en route to a stroll in the Botanic Gardens.
A new kid of the artisan coffee block, Paper Cup’s shabby-chic interior compliments its quirky ethos and the brews don’t disappoint either.