Entertainment in Glasgow

With its plethora of nightclubs, music venues, theatres and galleries, it’s no wonder Glasgow was once named European City of Culture. Students in Glasgow are particularly lucky, as the city is also renowned for being one of the cheapest places in which to live, study and have fun.

Take a look at some of these cultural delights and make sure they’re on your to-do list.

Arts & Culture

Glasgow is home to the Royal Concert Hall, one of Scotland’s premier music and arts venues. This means you can catch your fill of some of the world’s most revered musicians, orchestral performances and productions, right there on home ground.

The Riverside Museum, meanwhile, gives a detailed visual account of Scotland’s contribution to the transport industry and its profound maritime history, making it the second most popular tourist attraction in Scotland. For something a little more expressionist, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh museum pays homage to the works of the famous architect, designer and artist, while the Burrell Collection boasts over 8000 works of the esteemed collector Sir William Burrell, which he put together over many years.

Another must-see is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Just a 15 minute walk from Downing’s West Village on Beith Street and close to Glasgow uni campus, the museum is a goldmine for discovering both natural history and expressionist works of art.


Sports fans will love Glasgow’s offer of richly varied sporting events, which is of both the participative and spectator kind. The city is host to three of the largest road races in the UK – the Women’s 10k; the Great Scottish Run and the Junior Great Scottish Run. It’s also home to Glasgow Rocks – the only professional basketball team outside of England to compete in the British Basketball League.

You can catch them at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena; or, if football and rugby are more your thing, head down to Hampden Stadium – the main action hub for most of Glasgow’s leading sports games.

Film & Music

Glasgow has given birth to a number of mainstream bands and artists, with many of them having risen through the ranks at the city’s underground music venues. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut features only the best up and coming talent and has helped iconic bands like Oasis, Radiohead, The Verve, Ash, Travis and Supergrass all kickstart their careers.

The Arches, on the other hand, draws in crowds from all over Europe thanks to its reputation as the best multi-arts venue the continent has to offer. With a capacity of 3000 and a monumental sound set-up, the venue is renowned for its one-of-a-kind club nights and spectacular DJ sets.

Finally, if you fancy a quieter night out, the Glasgow Film Theatre is an appealing alternative to the big chain cinemas and gives a wide choice of movies, ranging from cult classics to contemporary art house titles (and even a bit of foreign cinema thrown in too).