Glasgow East End: The Best Things to Do

Glasgow Green and The People's Palace

Glasgow East End

Nestled on the northern bank of the River Clyde, the East End extends from Glasgow’s city centre eastwards in an area that was historically the heart of Glasgow’s major industries and was home to shipyards, factories, and bustling warehouses.

Though neglected for many years, it saw significant regeneration when the city started to become a tourist destination and it’s now a vibrant district that’s home to some of the city’s top attractions.

The East End is characterised by its eclectic urban landscape and features a blend of traditional red sandstone tenements, modern apartment buildings, and Victorian-era industrial architecture.

The streets of the East End are lined with a rich tapestry of design styles, from the imposing grandeur of the early 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral to the innovative Emirates Arena, home of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow Cathedral

For tourists, the area offers a wealth of attractions. Arguably the most iconic landmark is Glasgow Cathedral, also known as St. Mungo’s Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture which is adjacent to the Necropolis, a Victorian cemetery that offers panoramic views over the city.

The East End is also home to the popular Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest public park. This sprawling green space hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the famous World Pipe Band Championships and the TRNSMT music festival, and it’s also home to the People’s Palace, a museum dedicated to the social history of Glasgow.

For sports enthusiasts, a visit to Celtic Park is a must. Known as ‘Paradise’ by fans, it’s one of the most iconic football stadiums in Britain. Nearby, the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome offer state-of-the-art facilities for a range of sports.

Antique lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to explore the Barras Market, a weekend market famous for its vintage finds which is located close to the Barrowland Ballroom, a legendary concert venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in music.

In conclusion, the East End of Glasgow is a vibrant area that’s steeped in the history and culture of this remarkable city. Whether you’re a history buff, a sports fan, a music lover, or simply appreciate nature, the East End will undoubtedly have something to offer you.

Glasgow Green and The People's Palace

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