20 Things to do in Glasgow’s West End

Some of the many quirky eating and drinking establishments in Ashton Lane

Here are just some of our favourite things to do in Glasgow’s West End.

  1. Glasgow International Comedy Festival – Get your laugh on with up-in-coming acts in Glasgow’s West End before they appear on Mock The Week.
  2. The Hunterian Museum – Stroll into the heart of the University of Glasgow campus and take heed of this underrated weird and wonderful permanent collection.
  3. Glasgow’s Forgotten Subway – Search the West End’s Botanic Gardens where you can seek out the ruins of the little-known spooky abandoned underground station.
  4. Glasgow’s West End Festival – Family fun – and often free – events, shows, stalls, walks and talks around the West End from history to experimental performances.
  5. Visit Hogwarts (sort of) – Glasgow University’s main building cloisters – free to wander around – will make you feel like a bit of a real wizard.
  6. Bargain hunt – Glasgow’s West End features Ruthven Lane, a treasure trove of antique and vintage shops to suit all budgets or window shopping needs.
  7. Park Circus – Feel footloose and fancy free while strolling alongside some of Glasgow’s most glamorous and expensive houses without worrying about your bank balance.
  8. Kelvingrove Park – Fresh air is always free — there’s plenty of things to see and do in Glasgow’s premier green space come rain or shine.
  9. Book lovers’ paradise – Weather not playing ball? Voltaire and Rousseau or Alba Books off Great Western Road are Glasgow’s best bookshops for browsing or buying.
  10. Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum – Experience a whole fun, free day out, especially for kids, with travel themed treasures to see and things to do.
  11. Ashton Lane – Wait till dusk and walk down the West End’s favourite cobbled lane with its sparkling lights and soak up those achingly cool vibes.
  12. Canal stroll – Start at the top of Queen Margaret Drive and enjoy a brisk canal side walk as far as Milngavie in East Dumbartonshire.
  13. The Grosvenor Cinema – A licensed independent cinema with sofas showing movies new and old — you can kick back and relax as if you’re home!
  14. The Mackintosh House – A beautiful recreation of the home of Scotland’s finest designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his characteristic art nouveau style.
  15. Clydeside walk – Head towards Glasgow harbour to enjoy free riverside views and air. Spot the SECC, BBC studios and Transport Museum en route.
  16. A Play, A Pie and a Pint – Oran Mor’s theatre meets culinary experience is one of the West End of Glasgow’s finest institutions.
  17. Cottiers Theatre – Check what’s on at Hyndland’s old church or its sister venue Websters – now bohemian theatre venues with plenty of things to see.
  18. De Coury’s Arcade – Plundering the haven of independent gift shops and cute boutiques on Cresswell Lane in the West End is a must do.
  19. Kelvingrove Bandstand – Visiting Glasgow in the summer months? See if you can catch a gig to see at the park’s newly renovated music venue.
  20. Day Spa – Get away from it all and have the ultimate “treat yourself” day on the edge of Kelvingrove at 15 Royal Terrace spa.

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