Being Tourists in Glasgow

Monday, 21 July 2014
These days I find myself through in Glasgow quite a lot, but it's mainly for blogging events or to meet friends for drinks, so the other weekend Blair and I decided to stay for a few nights and be tourists.  We stayed at the Citizen M hotel where we spent his birthday a few years ago.  This is one of my favourite hotels in the city, it's just so cool!  I'm not going to say much about the hotel itself as I wrote a full review post about it last time, but I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Glasgow.


We travelled through early on Friday afternoon and after checking into the hotel we went for a wander round the shops (couldn't resist the pull of the big Primark).  We'd originally planned on going to a museum but we would have only had an hr to look around before it closed so decided to just have a fairly chilled day on the Friday, leaving the proper touristy stuff to Saturday & Sunday.  After shopping we went to Meat Bar for dinner, I loved the decor here - it felt a bit like being in a ranch in the wild west ha!  B went for a burger and I had a pulled pork sandwich - it was nice but I've had better (the chips on the other hand were great).  We went back to the hotel for some drinks at the hotel bar before watching The Raid in  our huuuuuge bed (free movie database, woo!).

The next morning we had a bit of a lie in (because, hey we're on holiday) before getting the bus along to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.  There's loads to see here as it's such a huge, stunning  building - and like all Glasgow museums it's free to enter.  One half of the building is the museum with sections on natural history (animals!), Scottish history, armoury, Egypt, and other world cultures.  Halfway through we had a quick tea and cake stop in the cafe to refuel before tackling the art gallery side of the building, this is where I snapped that photo of the hanging faces piece, pretty cool eh?  


Once we were done with Kelvingrove we went for lunch at La Vita Spuntini, an Italian tapas place on Byres Road.  They have a cheap lunch deal where you get 3 tapas for £6.99 so we shared mini pizza, pasta, meatballs, roast potatoes, arancini,  and chicken wings - it was alright, nothing amazing but pretty decent for £6.99 (and the staff were all really chatty and friendly).

By this point Glasgow weather started to get the better of us so we decided to spend the afternoon on a bus tour rather than wandering around in the rain.  If you've read some of my other travel blog posts you'll probably know that we're quite fond of a bus tour when we go on holiday, haha - I just think it's a really good was of getting a quick overview of the whole city and you can then always go back to the bits that you want to see more of.  

Saturday night we went for dinner at Bread Meats Bread, another place I'd been looking forward to as I'd heard lots of good things about it.  I went for the smoked beef brisket and sweet potato fries and it was maaaasssive, but so good.  With full bellies we turned down the desserts menu and instead went back to the hotel to get some drinks from the bar and take them up to the room so we could watch the world cup final in bed (yaaay Germany).  

The next morning we got up pretty early to pack up and check out, leaving our cases at the hotel so we could see a bit more of Glasgow before getting the train home.  Firstly we got a bus out to the Riverside Transport Museum which a couple of people had recommended.  This is a really fun museum with lots to look at like a life sized street, subway, trains, buses etc - also you can get on a tall ship outside which was pretty cool (turns out you can actually get married on the tall ship!).  Once we'd had our fill of transport we got the bus back into town and went for brunch at Cup Tea Lounge which is in a really lovely old building just off Buchanan St.  I went for pancakes and bacon which was nice but it could have really done with some syrup or something as it was a bit dry.  


After brunch we picked up our cases and got the train back to Edinburgh, stopping off at my parents house to pick up our car (as my dad had been giving it an MOT) and have a few drinks in the garden in the sunshine.  It was a really nice little weekend, and it was good to be able to see the other side of Glasgow that isn't just bars, restaurants and gig venues!  If you're subscribed to my Youtube channel you've probably already seen that I vlogged the whole trip, but I've also linked it below if you fancy seeing our weekend in action :)

1 comment:

  1. Ahh I just wanna go live in that hotel! Glasgow is a lovely city, I try and get up there to see friends at least once or twice a year :) The decor of Meat Bar sounds awesome - I love places with a bit of character!