Staying in the center of the city is a good option for those visiting Glasgow for festivals, shopping, the Scottish Opera, museums, universities.
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East and business district
The East of the city center is known as Merchant City. In this area you will find Glasgow’s original medieval core, centered around the Glasgow Cross (the junction of Trongate, Saltmarket, High Street, Gallowgate and London Road).
Glasgow’s commercial and business district is located west of the city centre. The district is dominated by Blythswood Hill, which is centered around Blythswood Square. South of Blythswood Hill is the city’s financial district, with many modern glass and steel office buildings.
We offer you numerous excellent accommodation right in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping, financial, entertainment and business centre.
Cultural Venues and Education
The city centre is home to most of Glasgow’s main cultural venues like the The Theatre Royal which is the home of Scottish Opera and formerly Scottish Ballet, The Pavilion, The King’s Theatre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Film Theatre, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Mitchell Library, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, McLellan Galleries and The Lighthouse Museum of Architecture, Design and the City.
The city centre is also home to four of Glasgow’s higher education institutions: The University of Strathclyde, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Glasgow is excellent for dining and drinking. After dark enjoy the city’s’ funky bars and vibrant nightlife.The city’s arts scene is world-class, with over 200 arts organisations, including the Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera.
Also the Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow’s newest Art Gallery, is a must for all lovers of culture. Well known as Scotland’s centre for architecture and design, the city also provides a bustling business and manufacturing centre.
Main squares located in Glasgow City Centre, Scotland.
George Square — main plaza of the city centre, named after King George III. The square is dominated by the ornate Glasgow City Chambers, headquarters of Glasgow City Council which opened in 1888. Other main sights are an 80-foot-high, 24 m high, column in the centre featuring author Walter Scott, an equestrian statue of Queen Victoria, and the North British Railway Hotel, which today is the Glasgow Millennium Hotel.
Apartments with picturesque views of George Square and Queen Street are offered by Olympic House.
Cathedral Square — situated in front of Glasgow Cathedral, High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern’s or St Mungo’s Cathedral. In the centre of the square is an impressive equestrian statue of William II of Scotland (William of Orange) as a Roman emperor.
St Enoch Square — located at the bottom end of busy Buchanan Street. It’s the site of The St. Enoch Centre shopping mall and the red sandstone Travel Centre.
Royal Exchange Square — public square in central Glasgow at the junction of Queen Street with Ingram Street. The central building of the square is home to the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, also known as theGoMA, and the Duke of Wellington statue. The plaza is surrounded by many cafés with terraces and restaurants.
St Andrew’s Square — set in the East End of the City of Glasgow. Site of the 18th Century Classical Church, St Andrew’s in the Square.
Blythswood Square — found in the Blythswood Hill area and mainly fronted by office buildings. Located here is Blythwood Square Hotel, a 5-star Glasgow hotel dating from 1823, and was once the home of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club.
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