Things to do in the West-End
The West-End is great because it’s as if its own little student bubble and there is honestly no need to venture out. Whether you want to find somewhere nice to eat, go clubbing or sightsee the West-End has it all. We’ve put together a list of our top things for you do in the West-End.
- Explore Campus by doing a walking tour
Did you know that the university was built in 1451? Making it the 4th oldest university in the English speaking world. Our campus has a rich and vibrant history and some of our notable alums range from Lord Kelvin to Emeli Sandé! Through doing either an SRC guided tour (they’ll be running them throughout Freshers Week) or a self-guided walking tour you’ll be able to learn all about our esteemed campus’ history.
- Go the Botanic Gardens
Not every university can claim to have beautiful landscaped gardens merely a short walk away and you should definitely make the most of it. The botanical gardens are a great place to go to be at one with nature and when the weather’s bad you can always hang out in the Kibble Palace glasshouse. It probably won’t be long until the weather will make a shift for the worse, we do live in Glasgow, after all. So why not head down soon?
- Visit Ashton Lane
Ashton Lane is a cute little old cobbled street just a few minutes walk from the Boyd Orr building (don’t forget to check out the funky statue on your way, as you walk down). The lane is home to some of Glasgow’s finest bars and restaurants and also, The Grosvenor, a quirky independent cinema that has couches at the back! Yes, you read that right, couches, they have couches!
- Go to Kelvingrove Park and to Kelvingrove Museum
Kelvingrove Park is a great park that is on Kelvin Way, which is right next to campus. The River Kelvin runs through the park and there are also stunning views of campus, especially at sunset. During the summer months the park tends to get packed with people from all the over west-end and therefore it is the perfect spot to hang out with your pals.
Glasgow is home to some great museums and we’re lucky enough to have two within our vicinity, including the Hunterian, which is on campus! Kelvingrove Museum is right next to the park and has some exciting exhibitions that take place year-round.
- Walk along the River Clyde
Whether you’re heading to the big Tesco in Maryhill or down to a concert at the SSE Hydro walking along the Clyde makes for a relaxing, scenic and peaceful walk.
During Freshers’ Week the SRC will also be running free-guided tours of the West End, as well – check out the Freshers’ Week calendar to find one to go along to.