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A Cheap Glasgow Break

Destination(s): Glasgow

It is very possible to have a cheap Glasgow break, ranging from things to do, to places to eat. This guide is merely that, a guide..to make you aware that Glasgow has lots of low cost entertainment if you dig a bit deeper.

The city has to cater for it's large student population and as a result there are many bargains to be had in the city in terms of food and entertainment. To boot Glasgow is steeped in history and crammed full of architectural gems.

All the museums in Glasgow are FREE and you really will enjoy strolling round them. Glasgow is also the best place in the UK outside of London for shopping. From designer to bargain. You just cannot visit Glasgow and not visit the Barras...the atmosphere is fantastic and you may just nab a bargain. You may not have wads of cash to spend but do visit the Merchant city for some window shopping in places like the Italian centre.

If you have kids use this guide in conjunction with our kid guide. Some of the pubs and restaurants on the list are multi-purpose in that they provide cheap food and live entertainment. Do check out their websites as they usually have a weekly agenda and advertise the meal deals and drinks promos.

No cheap break in Glasgow would be complete without transport and you will be pleased to know there are good deals on the vast and regular bus services, trains and subways. You can get an "All Day" ticket which allows you to hop on and off the First group buses all day for just £3.75.
They also provide a service to Balloch which will get you to the famous Loch Lomond.

You simply cannot come to Glasgow and not visit this wondrous place. Summer or Winter you will love the place for it's scenery, great food and shopping. If you have your own transport head to Luss...just a wee bit further down the loch side and you can view the quaint picturesque street where the tv soap Take the High Road was filmed and stunning views of the loch. In summer you can take a speed boat trip for a mere fiver a head. There is plenty in this guide to provide a cheap Glasgow break but do check out the other guides and the site for even more inspiration! read more about A Cheap Glasgow Break

Kelvin Hotel

Kelvin Hotel

  • 15 Buckingham Terrace
  • Great Western Road
  • tel:+44 141 339 7143
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G12 8EB
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

  • 22 Hillhead St
  • University of Glasgow
  • tel:0141/330-5431
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow

Located in various buildings of The University of Glasgow, The Hunterian Museum andArt Gallery is Scotland's oldest public museum. It opened in 1807 and is composed of four different collections: The Hunterian Museum (featuring items from Roman Scotland, Ancient Egypt and more), The Zoology Museum, The Hunterian Gallery (featuring watercolours by Charles Rennie Mackintosh) and the Mackintosh House (the former home of the aforementioned Scottish architect). 




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House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

  • 10 Dumbreck Rd
  • Bellahouston Park
  • tel:+44 141 353 4770
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G41 5BW

Built in the in 1990s, the exterior of the House for an Art Lover has been realised, in materials, craftsmanship and dimensions, as closely as possible to the Mackintosh designs of 1901.  Take a stroll around the House and into the nearby walled garden.  You will see that the House sits comfortably in its parkland surroundings, almost as if Mackintosh himself had selected the setting.

Inside the House, Mackintosh designed the entire layout of rooms but he and his wife provided detailed interior designs for only the double height Entrance Hall, the Dining Room, Oval Room and Music Room*.  This group of rooms have been realised in breathtaking detail together with the Main Staircase and Gallery and is referred to as 'The Mackintosh Suite', to which visitors are welcome at most times.

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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

This phenomenal museum explores the significance of religion in people's lives across the globe and across time. Religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are treated equally here, and the museum aims to promote understanding and respect between different faiths.

The building stands on the site of the medieval Bishop's Castle and  was opened in April 1993.  It's big treasure is Dali's "Christ of St. John on the Cross". The various displays cover three floors and are divided into four exhibition areas: the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space. The museum is adjacaent to the amazing Glasgow Cathedral and opposite Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in the city. On the top floor you can try on various religious head gear and make a rubbing of a Celtic cross.

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Discover Glasgow

Discover Glasgow

  • George Square
  • tel:+44 141 204 0444
  • Glasgow, G2 1DY
Loch Lomond Park Centre

Loch Lomond Park Centre

Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art

  • Royal Exchange Square
  • Royal Exchange Sq., Queen St
  • tel:+44 141 287 3050
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G1 3AH

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland. It opened is 1996 and is housed in a neoclassical building which it shares with the city centre library. The building once served as the Royal Exchange, a centre for business and commercial exchange where information and goods were traded. Element-P">GoMA's permanent collection includes works by the "new Glasgow boys" as well as John Bellany and Stanley Spencer. The Library at GoMA, houses a café, free internet access terminals, and an extensive collection of art and design books alongside its general books for loan.

Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green

  • Greendyke Street
  • Greendyke St. (east of Saltmarket)
  • tel:+44 141 287 5108
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G1 5DB

Dating back to the 15th century, the Glasgow Green is the city's oldest park. It is located on the north bank of the River Clyde, and boasts several attractive landmarks including Nelson's Monument, the McLennan Arch, and the Doulton Fountain at the People's Palace and Winter Gardens on the green (a art museum and glasshouse respectively).

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Templeton's Carpet Factory

Templeton's Carpet Factory

  • 62 Templeton Street
  • tel:+44 141 204 4400
  • Glasgow, G40 1DA
People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens

  • Glasgow Green
  • tel:+44 141 276 0788
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G40 1AT

The People's Palace in the  Glasgow Green features an array of artifacts, paintings, photographs, film and interactive displays that explore the stories and social history of the people of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Admire the exotic palms and plants of the nearby Winter Gardens and snap a picture in front of the restored Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world.
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

  • Argyle Street
  • Argyle St
  • tel:+44 141 276 9599
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G3 8AG

This is one of Scotland's most visited attractions, and the most visited gallery/museum in the UK outside of London. The gallery and museum are set in a fantastic building, boasting 22 themed, state-of the art galleries displaying an incredible 8000 objects. The truly eclectic collections are extensive and wide-ranging, covering natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history. The art ranges from French Impressionists to Spanish surrealists.There are also areas dedicated to Scottish artists, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow style, which gives the place a real local feel.

The gallery is divided between Expression on the east side and Life on the west. It has also been designed with children in mind and there are lots of interactive displays throughout which will delight your kids.

Be sure to stop off in the cafés and shops, or use the Study Centre and Library to find out more about the museums in Glasgow,  collections,  or do some research on-line. For a laugh, be on the look out the furry haggis animal!

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Willow Tea Rooms

Willow Tea Rooms

  • 217 Sauchiehall Street
  • tel:+44 141 332 0521
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G2 3EX

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904 especially for temperance advocate Kate Cranston, the Willow Team Room was the only tea room building where Mackintosh had complete control over every aspect of the design. He modelled the exterior as well as the interior of the building and even designed the tea spoons and waitresses' dresses.

The Willow name comes from Sauchiehall, the street where it is situated, which in Scottish Gaelic means alley of the willows and the theme of willows featured throughout the building.

Of all the interiors created by Mackintosh, the Room de Luxe, with its silver furniture and leaded glass work, was the jewel in the crown of his twenty year partnership with Cranston and was so exclusive, customers willingly paid a penny more for their cup of tea.

he design of both the furniture and interior on the Gallery were very different from the Room de Luxe. While the Room de Luxe was bright and feminine, the Gallery was darker and masculine.
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Deep Pan Pizza Company

Deep Pan Pizza Company

  • 46 Bath Street
  • tel:+44 141 332 9482
  • Glasgow, G2 1HG
Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

  • 19 Dowanside Lane
  • Off Ruthven Lane and Byres Rd, West End
  • tel:+44 141 337 1837
  • Glasgow, G12 9BZ
Rab Ha's

Rab Ha's

  • 81 Hutcheson Street
  • tel:+44 141 572 0400
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G1 1SH
Balloch House Hotel

Balloch House Hotel

  • Balloch Road, Balloch, Alexandria
  • tel:01389 752579
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G83 8LQ

With tremendous views of Loch Lomond, Balloch House is a traditional country pub with an ambient log fire. It has welcomed royalty and celebrities, and dates to the 1700s when it was used to run ferries across the River Leven. You can enjoy a menu that offers fresh seasonal produce and a cellar full of real ales and fine wines. The 14 bedroom Innkeeper's Lodge in Balloch is a member company with this hotel providing great accommodation for travellers. read more about Balloch House Hotel

Schottische

Schottische

  • 16 Blackfriars Street
  • Just off High St
  • tel:+44 141 552 7774
  • Glasgow, G1 1PE
Barras

Barras

  • Stevenson Street
  • tel:+44 141 552 4601
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  • Glasgow, G40 2ST
Ichiban

Ichiban

  • 50 Queen Street
  • tel:+44 141 204 4200
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  • Glasgow, G1 3DS
Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

  • Castle Street
  • Glasgow Cathedral, Cathedral Sq., Castle St
  • tel:+44 141 552 8198
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G4 0RH

Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and dates from the end of the 13th century. It also contains features from earlier cathedrals of the 12th century. The former Roman Catholic cathedral (now part of the Church of Scotland) is is the only complete medieval cathedral in Scotland still intact.  A modern feature of this magnificent building is the fine stained glass windows which were mainly installed in the 1960s. Since then, it has been regarded as one of the finest collections of modern stained glass in Europe. The focal point for many visitors to Glasgow cathedral is the Tomb of St. Mungo (the city's patron saint), located in the Gothic crypt in the lower church.

Sharing the cathedral's courtyard is the St. Mungo Museum, where you can experience art depicting the world's religions. Opposite the Museum stands Glasgow's oldest House known as Provand's Lordship. The cathedral patronage offers a wealth of musical and vocal talent and recitals are performed throughout the year. The guiding season starts on 1st May and runs  till September. Guides are on duty to take visitors around the Cathedral. The bookstall is open and staffed. The Cathedral also has a Not Quite New Shop which is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays selling a selection of second hand goods.
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Wee Curry Shop

Wee Curry Shop

  • 7 Buccleuch Street
  • Near Cambridge St
  • tel:+44 141 353 0777
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  • Glasgow, G3 6SJ

Just spitting distance from the Glasgow School of Art, The Wee Curry Shop in Buccleuch Street is serving up  quality traditional home cooking using the freshest ingredients in an intimate atmosphere. A great place for lunch, a pre-theatre meal or a tour of the many attractions of Glasgow's city centre. On first glance  it has the look of a closed up corner shop you wouldn't look  twice  at. But inside 7 tables,  have a view of the kitchen, and witness mouthwatering  food to die for,  being  freshly prepared. The Wee Curry shop has also opened  in Ashton Lane and Byres Road. The portions are famously large and the prices cheap.

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Radio

Radio

  • Ashton Lane Hillhead
  • tel:0845 166 6011
  • Glasgow, G12 8SJ

This west end bar on the trendy Ashton Lane offers a great weekly quiz on a Mondays to help you flex your brain matter. Selected drinks are  a pound Monday-Wednesday with Wednesday offering ALL drinks at £1 ALL day. To boot on a Wednesday Friday and Saturday there is a DJ playing a mix of the best tunes of the moment with a touch of the old thrown in for good measure! Spend the whole day here or drop in for a pre-nightout warmer and nab some free passes to Viper club from behind the bar! read more about Radio

Viper (The)

Viper (The)

  • 500 Great Western Road
  • Kelvinbridge
  • Glasgow, G12 8EN
Burrell Collection (The)

Burrell Collection (The)

  • 2060 Pollokshaws Rd
  • Pollok Country Park
  • tel:+44 141 287 2550
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G43 1AT

Located in Pollok Country Park, the Burrell Collection features a dazzlingly array of artifacts collected by the wealthy industrialist Sir William Burrell, who gifted it to the city in 1944. It features medieval art and Islamic art, ancient Egyptian and Chinese artifacts, Impressionist paintings, modern sculpture and much, much more.

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Babbity Bowster

Babbity Bowster

  • 16 Blackfriars Street
  • Off High St
  • tel:+44 141 552 5055
  • Glasgow, G1 1PE

Babbity Bowsters  is an old style pub(restored historic building ) with very friendly staff and a great selection of beers in the heart of the merchant city. It is named after a Scottish country dance. It's an easy walk in one direction to the Glasgow Cathedral,  St.Mungo Museum, and the Necropolis. In the opposite direction, there's down town Glasgow. The rooms have keys with big paddles on them, you just leave them behind the bar until you need them. Rooms are utilitarian , but not overpriced considering the central location and atmosphere.
Schottische, the Franco-Scottish restaurant on the first floor, is open in the evenings and the pub serves Scottish  food such as stovies, haggis and  Cullen skink until 10pm. The hotel is frequented by university punters. The  Bowster is fun if you can forgo luxury and enjoy a  great pub. It won the Cesar Award in 1995.

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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

  • 730 Great Western Road
  • Great Western Rd
  • tel:+44 141 276 1614
  • Visit website
  • Glasgow, G12 0UE

Created in 1817, the Botanic Gardens is known internationally for its impressive glass houses and extensive tropical and temperate plant collections from around the world (although perhaps not as impressive at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens). The most notable of the glass houses is the Kibble Palace, which houses a large reflective multi-faceted mirror. A variety of themes of horticultural and botanical interest are found in the grounds as well as attractive walks by the River Kelvin. Its formal gardens and arboretum provide a welcome break from the bustle of the West End.

Savoy Centre

Savoy Centre

  • Sauchiehall Street
  • tel:+44 141 333 9507
  • Glasgow, G2 3DH
Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

  • 282 Hope Street
  • tel:+44 141 332 3321
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  • Glasgow, G2 3QA
Tron Theatre

Tron Theatre

The Tron has been a famous landmark in Glasgow's Merchant City area for centuries and a popular cultural venue for over twenty years. The theatre is situated  just a stones throw from Glasgow Cross, and is easily spotted by the 16th Century church steeple.

Following completion of a multi-million pound overhaul in 1999, the Tron has risen from the ashes as a stunning collection of historical buildings with stylish new additions. Thousands flock every year to enjoy an eclectic range of performances. They also hold education and outreach workshops for  young people.

As for refreshments and replenishment, you make up your own mind!  Choose between the stylish front bar, the child-friendly area or the atmospheric Victorian Bar. You can eat in all three spaces, or just have a drink from the bar (both bar and dining have won awards from The List).

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Nude

Nude

  • 46 Ashton Lane
  • tel:0141 334 4749
  • Glasgow, G12 8SJ

Nude is situated above bar Radio and close to Glasgow University ( popular with students) and make the best Mojitos in the West End, all for only £2 on Mondays . Daily cocktails( more than 20 variations) start from £2.50. They also share promos with bar Radio. You may have to wait a while at the bar, depending on who ordered what before you. Electro/chart music/RnB are on the menu and on the last Sunday of every month you can enjoy comedy night, with some of Scotland best up and coming acts. read more about Nude

13th Note(The)

13th Note(The)

  • 50-60 King Street
  • tel:+44 141 553 1638
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  • Glasgow, G1 5QT
Alla Turca

Alla Turca

  • 192 Pitt Street
  • tel:+44 141 332 5300
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  • Glasgow, G2 4DY
Bamboo

Bamboo

  • 51a West Regent Street
  • tel:+44 141 332 1067
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  • Glasgow, G2 2AE