The nightlife is great, but I think Glasgow is a very industrial city -- not so beautiful as other cities in Scotland. I didn't like it at all, and I do not recommend visiting the city if you're looking for something more than parties, pubs, and discos.
Glasgow is the best!
All the galleries and museums have no admission charges. There are lots of bars that have no charges for student music scenes at night and in the afternoon. This is a student city paradise. It is also really friendly -- nobody talks to you in Germany like they do in Glasgow.
Glasgow is simply great. The west end with Botanic Gardens and Glasgow University, the east end with the old town and the Cathedral and the City Center for shopping, beautiful greens... A very friendly people and the Week of the World Pipe Band Championships in August.
Glasgow is a great city with plenty to do both during the day and at night. The vast majority of museums are free, the shopping is second only to London, and the people are very friendly and helpful. At night, pubs and clubs along Sauchiehall Street offer cheap drink promos and often free entry during the week. The west end is beautiful, with great parks, architecture and more sophisticated nightlife. Go if and when you get the chance.
Glasgow is a very friendly city, if you stay in the right parts! I drifted a bit away from the main central area and the reception wasn't so friendly at all! But I would definitely return to Glasgow as I found that after my visit there was still so much I wanted to do and so many nice people I would love to meet again!
The Mitchell Library has a books cafe and great exhibitions (the current one is Italian artists), and also it offers 60 free internet computers. It's near all the West End hostels in the Berkeley /Charing Cross district.
Nightclubs in and around Charing Cross are generally free Monday through Wednesday with great drink promos. You need pretty much a whole day to enjoy the Burrell art collection which boasts to be the world's 3rd biggest after the Frick and the Guggenheim. It certainly is just as impressive but costs nothing to enter.
Glasgow is located on the banks of the River Clyde in the central west region of Scotland. It's the largest city in Scotland, and third largest in the UK with a population of 600,000. As you would expect, there are a lots of Glasgow hostels, so you shouldn't have a problem booking a bed or room.
Glasgow is steeped in history and was one of the main cities involved in the Industrial Revolution. A large part of the city still has a working class vibe to it, but the city centre is very metropolitan with an excellent choice of shops with all the leading fashion brands. Most of these shops can be found on Buchanan street.
The West End of Glasgow is a very affluent area. There are several excellent museums located in this part of Glasgow such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Built in 1901, this museum contains a large mixture of ancient and modern artifacts and exhibitions. The Botanic Gardens contain thousands of species of exotic plants from around the globe. Also located in the area is the University of Glasgow which is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the U.K. It also has its own museum and visitor centre. All of these attractions are free and within walking distance of each other.
When arriving in town, the main bus station, Buchanan Station is located quite far from most of the Glasgow hostels. Therefore, it is often necessary to get a taxi or connecting bus from there to your hostel, especially when carrying luggage. Some of these hostels are located in the city centre area, while others are found in the West End. They offer both dorm and private rooms. Many also offer special deals with tour operators.
There is no shortage of restaurants in Glasgow and many of them have very affordable prices. There is a large selection of ethnic restaurants in the city, in particular Indian restaurants. There is also an endless choice of bars and nightclubs in the city centre, especially on Sauchiehall and Bath street. In the West End, Byres Road and Ashton Lane have plenty of bars and restaurants which are very popular with students.
Public transport in the city is very efficient and inexpensive with regular bus services to the airport and all around the Greater Glasgow area. There is also a subway line which circles the city, so you shouldn't have a problem getting from your hostel to all the attractions.
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