5 April 2019

City Guide to Glasgow


The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow
This post contains gifted items*. Full disclosure statement available here.

Last month, we were meant to be visiting our lovely friends in Glasgow. Unfortunately our plans had to change fairly last minute... But knowing we will arrange to meet up another time instead, and with a trip to "Dear Green Place" pencilled in for the summer, not too much harm has been done thankfully!

It did get me thinking though about this brilliant city which we last visited a few years ago, and some of my favourite sites, restaurants and cafés I’d love to see again. Yep, you guessed it... I decided to put together another of my city guides

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow - People Make Glasgow

R I V E R H I L L

These guys have two venues, and I can fully recommend both for different reasons. If you’re looking for an evening meal, the restaurant is superb - last time I ate there, I said it was one of the best meals I’d ever had, and I think that probably still stands. If you’re looking for a flat white and slab of cake instead, pay a visit to their cafe. You won’t be disappointed, I can assure you.

Riverhill, 26 West Princes St, Helensburgh, G84 8TD | Riverside, 24 Gordon St, Glasgow, G1 3PU

C I T Y  S I G H T S E E I N G   T O U R *

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow

The easiest way to see the main sights of Glasgow - and the top deck is ideal if you can handle the Scottish weather! You can choose to stay put for an hour or so as you glide past the city’s attractions, or hop on and off as needed. Plus the voice of Neil Oliver on the recorded commentary is very relaxing and comforting...

Glasgow City Sightseeing Tour, multiple stops throughout the city

M A C K I N T O S H  A T  T H E  W I L L O W

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Mackintosh at the Willow

These gorgeous tea rooms initially opened in 1903, having been designed by the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Whether you’re a fan of art, or more importantly a fan of scones, it’s well worth paying a visit for the scrumptious afternoon tea. You can add gin, whisky, Prosecco or champagne to your finger sandwiches if the mood takes you.

Mackintosh at the Willow, 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

T H E  P O T  S T I L L

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, The Pot Still

One of the most famous whisky bars in Scotland, and for good reason. The barmen are on hand to help you choose from the 600 whiskies on offer. Once you’ve made your decision, pull up a stool and have a chat with the raucous yet lovely and welcoming locals.

The Pot Still, 154 Hope St, Glasgow, G2 2TH

B A B U  B O M B A Y  S T R E E T  K I T C H E N

I babbled about how great this little place is here, and I’m itching to go back soon. The street food is delicious, different, and caters for gluten-free and vegan diners too.

Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow

G I N  7 1  { R E N F I E L D  S T R E E T  L O C A T I O N }

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Gin 71

A beautiful, glamorous bar which is a must-visit for all gin lovers. The interiors are just gorgeous. And the gins are pretty good too!

Gin 71, 71 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1LP

N E C R O P O L I S

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Necropolis

One of my favourite things in Glasgow! This hauntingly beautiful graveyard is filled to the brim with magnificent obelisks, mausoleums and gravestones, erected by the wealthiest Glaswegians in years gone by. Some of the locals I spoke to seemed surprised I wanted to make a special trip to a graveyard, but this eerie, ethereal place is a lot more than that. Don’t visit in the dark though, unless you’re in the mood to be terrified.

Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow, G4 OUZ

K E L V I N G R O V E  A R T  G A L L E R Y  &  M U S E U M

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Kelvingrove

What city guide to Glasgow would be complete without mentioning this beauty? It’s one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London, and with this much to look at, I’m not surprised. Another must-visit.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

K E M B E R  A N D  J O N E S

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Kember and Jones

If you’re looking for brunch spots, this should be on your go-to list. The rows of freshly baked loaves which greet you as you walk in is a beautiful sight, and the delicious coffee goes down a treat.

Kember and Jones, 134 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TD

O T H E R  S T U F F

The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow, Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens | As I often say only partly tongue-in-cheek,  I do love a garden, and these ones are lovely to potter through. 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 OUE
The Glasgow School of Art | I’ve never been, but I’m hoping to visit and join one of the tours after the restorations have been completed following the devastating fire last year. 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
Glasgow Cathedral | Foreboding and yet stunning - one of the icons of the city. Castle Street, Glasgow,  G4 0QZ


The Secret Life of Maggie May- City Guide to Glasgow

Let me know your favourite spots in Glasgow so I can bookmark them for my next visit!

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