Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

GLASGOW’S WEST END


Glasgow’s West End is the bohemian and cultural epicenter of the city, popular with locals and tourists alike. The West End is home to the University of Glasgow and the majority of students who live in the city, adding to the area’s laid back vibe. The main street is Byres Road, just 2 miles from the city centre and easily accessible on foot, by subway or bus from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. This street and the surrounding area are bustling with cafes, restaurants and shops that you can happily spend hours browsing in. Particularly popular are the cobbled streets Ashton Lane and Cresswell Lane, which run parallel to Byres Road and are home to small bars and independent shops. The beautiful Victorian terraced buildings in this area are typical to Glasgow.

Green Spaces

Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow Botanical Gardens, both in the West End, are two of the largest parks in the city. Scotland’s most visited art gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is located in Kelvingrove Park. The Scottish Conference and Exhibition Centre (SECC), SSE Hydro and surrounding venues also attract visitors to the West End for exhibitions, trade fairs and concerts. There are also many smaller intimate concert venues and clubs attracting big names to the area, especially near the University Campus.
 

West End Festival, Glasgow

The highlight of the year is the week-long West End Festival which takes place in Glasgow late May/early June. The festival was founded in 1996 and has since gone from strength to strength, attracting over a million people since its inception. Each year there are over 400 free and ticketed events taking place in venues throughout Glasgow’s West End. Events include concerts, theatre performances, guided tours and walks, and activities for children and families.