48 Hours in Glasgow

If you’ve only got a couple of days in the world’s friendliest city, our guide to 48 hours in Glasgow will give you a whistle stop tour of the highlights.

Day one


It’s best to arrive by plane, bus or train – parking in Glasgow is expensive and can be hard to find. Glasgow International Airport is under 30 minutes from the city by bus, catch the number 500 from into Bothwell Street and get off just opposite Grill on the Corner. Head up the hill along Wellington Street until you meet Bath Street and we’re across the road to the right.

Once you’ve settled in, spend the morning exploring the area. We recommend the Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow Cathedral, both just a short walk from the hotel and the reception team can point you in the right direction.


Lunch at Willow Tea Rooms is not to be missed. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, the distinctive style serves delicious soups, light bites, salads and sandwiches as well as a traditional Afternoon Tea. Just walk up the hill and turn left on to Sauchiehall Street, the tea rooms are on the left.

Walk off lunch with a stroll out to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The walk will take about 25 minutes along Sauchiehall Street, but you can take the subway from Buchanan Street station to Kelvinhall if you’d prefer.


Pop into The Lounge for pre-drinks and delicious light bites before catching the train from Glasgow Central Station out to Exhibition Centre for a show at The SSE Hydro.

Glasgow’s newest entertainment centre, The SSE Hydro brings National and International acts who pack the schedule each month providing the perfect night out. Previous performances have included Adele, Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber so there’s something for everyone. Book tickets at www.thessehydro.com in advance for good seats.

Day two


Wake up feeling refreshed from a good night’s sleep at Apex City of Glasgow Hotel and fuel up with an irresistible Apex breakfast in The Lounge.

Walk along Bath Street and be greeted by Buchanan Galleries and the impressive number of shops that line Buchanan Street. From House of Fraser to Topshop and Apple, there’s something for everyone in this endless shopping heaven. Read our guide to shopping in Glasgow to make sure you don’t miss the hot spots!


Spend the afternoon working your way down Buchanan Street and don’t forget the maze of boutique stores on each side street. The bottom of the hill joins Argyle Street and the St. Enoch’s Centre filled with yet more shops like River Island, Hamley’s Toy Store and Debenhams.

You’ll be hungry after a long day of shopping, treat yourself to lunch in Chaophraya between shops. Chaophraya offers the ultimate Thai fine dining experience in one of the city’s most iconic buildings located on Buchanan Street.


If you’re still hungry, there’s loads of restaurants dotted around Bath Street including Grill on the Corner, Viva Brazil and The Slug and Lettuce. Afterwards, Blue Dog cocktail bar is a great start to your night. Live Jazz music and packed with character, try a cocktail master class or just watch a mixologist bring your drink together with impressive skill.