Great Scot – step back in time in vibrant Glasgow

Provands Lordship is the oldest house in Glasgow
I am planning a short weekend break and got some great value flights to Glasgow for myself and my girlfriend. Neither of us has been to Scotland before and don’t know much about the culture and history. Could you recommend some places to go and things to see? Thanks!

I am planning a short weekend break and got some great value flights to Glasgow for myself and my girlfriend. Neither of us has been to Scotland before and don’t know much about the culture and history. Could you recommend some places to go and things to see? Thanks!

Glasgow is a great city for a weekend away and is full of wonderful attractions. With something always happening, you will not be short of things to do in this great city! Known for its culture and the friendliness of its people, Scotland is an ideal destination for a short trip abroad.

Glasgow Green is the oldest of the city’s numerous parks and is within easy walking distance of the city centre. The park is a great place to begin your stay and will allow you to get to grips with the layout and atmosphere of the city. Located within the park grounds is the People’s Palace where you can delve into the history of the city. Located next to this unique museum are the Winter Gardens which house a wide range of both native and exotic plants.

Built in 1471, Provand’s Lordship is the oldest house in Glasgow open to the public and will allow you to take a step back in time and get a sense of how people lived in a different era. The house was originally part of a hospital and is now only one of four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow.

Glasgow Cathedral is another must-see during your stay. The medieval building is alone in that it is the only one on the Scottish mainland to have survived the Reformation intact. The beautiful stained glass alone makes this historic landmark a worthwhile stop during your stay.

Merchant Square is the place to go for food and drinks in the city. Home to a wide variety of bars and restaurants, which are situated in a wonderful coverage courtyard, Merchant Square is the ideal spot for all weathers. The square also hosts a weekly craft fair with goods ranging from jewellery, cards, photography and food for sale. The market runs on Saturday and Sundays until 6pm.

For an after-dinner drink, the long-established Don Accord is a great spot to relax among the local clientele. Serving over 1,000 different beers, there is something to suit all tastes. Grosvenor is another of the city’s great watering holes. Situated in a converted cinema, this Ashton Lane bar guarantees a great atmosphere over the weekend and is a favourite among local twenty-somethings.

Where to Stay

Blythswood Square (*****)

Prices start from €128 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Ideally located in the centre of Glasgow, this hotel is close to St Vincent Street Church, the Gallery of Modern Art and George Square. The Blythswood features a full- service spa and an indoor swimming pool. Guestrooms include satellite televisions, hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Marriott Glasgow (****)

Prices start from €74 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Located within five minutes walking distance to the main shopping district of the city, the Marriott features an on-site international restaurant for guest’s enjoyment. A fully equipped leisure centre is also available. Guestrooms include flat-screen TVs, hair dryers and telephones.

Novotel Glasgow Centre (****)

Prices start from €53 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Situated close to the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art and Clyde Auditorium, this Glaswegian hotel features a steam room, sauna and fitness facilities. Complimentary wireless internet is also available throughout. Room include 36-inch plasma TVs, coffee/tea makers and daily housekeeping.

Mercure Glasgow City Hotel (***)

Prices start from €54 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Close to the Italian Centre, the Mercure Hotel offers an on-site restaurants and bar/lounge for guest’s enjoyment. Laundry, complimentary newspapers and room service are all available. Complimentary wireless internet is also available for guests during their stay.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!