Summer in Glasgow

Where to go, what to do…

So you’re spending the summer in Glasgow – it’s a new city and a whole new environment!  It can be difficult to know what is available and where you can go to de-stress from the demands of the pre-sessional course.  Here you will find some information about what’s on in Glasgow this summer, some places you can go with your friends and where to experience new and interesting things!  These will become the stories you tell your friends and family at home about your time in Glasgow.

West End Festival

You may not know this, but every year the West end of Glasgow hosts a festival celebrating music and art culture.  This festival begins on the 3rd of June and finishes on the 26th of June.

During the West End Festival there will be various events occurring in the areas surrounding the University Campus. These events include comedy shows, gigs, Shakespeare plays, BBQs, Choir performances, Whiskey tasting and many more. You can find out all the information about the events which are available during the festival here.

w.end fest

(The West End Festival Parade 2015)

Music in Glasgow

You may have heard of Glasgow’s prominent music scene, but not know where to get tickets or see shows. Glasgow is frequently visited by some of the biggest acts in the musical world due to its first rate venues (both large and small) which have become a massive attraction for musical acts.  A list of venues is given below:

SSE Hydro

The SSE Hydro is the biggest music venue in the city. It was completed in 2013, and is a massive arena venue holding 13,000 where you can see some of the biggest acts in the world today. This summer it will be visited by acts such as The Who, Manic Street Preachers, Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli.  It will also host sporting events such as WWE and a tennis match between Andy Murray and Gael Monfils.

If you are interested in attending a big event at the hydro you can visit their website here.


Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)

Another popular venue for musical acts and public speakers is the SECC, like the hydro it is one of the larger venues for musical performances and conferences. This summer it will be host to a number of musicians and public speakers including Malala Yousafzai, Paul Carrick and Madness.


Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

If you are looking to enjoy some classical music over the summer, one of the best places to go is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, located across from Buchanan Bus Station in the city centre. You can find out what is on at the concert hall here.

Film in Glasgow

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT)

The GFT is one of the most popular cinemas in the city.  It shows a different variety of films from most big cinemas like Cineworld or Vue.  At the GFT you can see films from all over the world in different languages, usually with subtitles. The GFT shows English films too.  It often has themed nights when it shows classic films, and it shows films related to the season like Christmas or Halloween films!

Cineworld Glasgow

Located just off of Buchanan Street, Cineworld Glasgow is the largest cinema in Europe, and here you can see all the latest and most popular films. At Cineworld they also have a variety of monthly passes etc. if you are a frequent cinema-goer.


Grosvenor Cinema (Ashton Lane)

This is a tiny cinema located very near the university which is very cosy and popular among Glasgow University students! It shows some of the latest and greatest films.


Places to Eat & Drink

It would be almost impossible to list every restaurant and café in Glasgow in this short blog, so here are some articles from reputable sources which list some of the best places to eat in the city:

Tripadvisor – Review of Glasgow Restaraunts

The Guardian – Places to Eat in Glasgow on a Budget

Explore Glasgow – Eating Out in Glasgow

See our other blog about restaurants in Glasgow too:

That’s it from us, have a great summer in Glasgow!


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