Looking for new ways to spend your time in Glasgow, but don’t want to end up in another bar pretending to actually like the vodka shots you’ve been passed? Here are eight of the best places to hangout in Glasgow which don’t involve alcohol. Your next weekend is sorted!
1. Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park is one of Glasgow’s best spots, and is a favourite not just with locals but with tourists as well. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in the city, with a network of winding paths which pass by the skatepark, a number of fountains, tennis courts, playparks and statues. The park is set in the stunning West End of Glasgow and if you get a good day it’s easy to spend hours sitting and chatting by the river. It’s also a great place to go for some alone time, and the green surroundings and fresh air can really help clear your head.
2. Braehead Soar
If you’re looking for something to keep you entertained for hours, Braehead Soar is definitely worth heading along to. It is a little out of the city, but there are a number of buses every day to and from Braehead (the number 26 and number 77 both stop right outside), and you can easily spend a whole day in the centre so the bus journey is worthwhile! Home to Glasgow’s famous indoor ski slope, a climbing centre, trampoline centre, Odeon cinema, mini golf, bowling and even more, this is the perfect place to head for a packed day of activities. Plus, the centre has restaurants and cafes (including a chocolate shop) to keep your energy up the entire day.
3. Where the Monkey Sleeps
Where the Monkey Sleeps in Glasgow is a lovely, cosy café that’s perfect for a chill coffee and cake with some friends or to take your laptop along and get some studying done away from the bustle of University. Not only is the atmosphere nice and chill, the food is delicious – and it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something tasty. Brunch study sesh, anyone?
4. Pollok Country Park
Glasgow’s parks will always be one of the best things about the city, and Pollok Country Park is another gorgeous one to add to the list. Far bigger than the city centre parks of Kelvingrove and Glasgow Green, this park located in south Glasgow is exactly where you want to be to get out of the city and relax. Head over for a morning stroll, a day-long walk or just to sunbathe away from the busy roads and tall buildings of the centre. If you’re still not sold, Pollok Country Park has been named Britain’s Best Park and Best Park in Europe in the past, so we’re not messing around.
5. R-CADE Glasgow
Big fan of retro games? Stick your shoes on and head to R-CADE in Glasgow. With gaming consoles lining the walls and a games list so diverse that you’re bound to find a favourite, R-CADE is perfect as a new hang-out spot, a cute day-time date or a mid-week break from Uni. Hungry? They also serve far-eastern fast food (we’re not sure, but it sounds tasty) so you can turn your gaming date into a lunch date. To top it off, if you’ve got a bit of a competitive side you can take part in one of their gaming tournaments.
6. Hollywood Bowl, Glasgow
We all know what bowling is, and we all like it. Bowling lanes, snacks and a chill atmosphere. All you need to bring is your friends! Do I need to say more?
7. Rollerstop Roller Rink
Not only do you get to have fun, Rollerstop rollerskating rink is also a pretty cool way to keep fit at the same time! Their roller discos have music, disco lights and skates available to hire, so you’re guaranteed a good time, and their adult discos are for 16+ only so you don’t need to worry about falling over in front of a group of kids. Rollerstop often have a bunch of themed nights (e.g. 80s movie music night) and their café is right next to the rink, so no need to worry about working up an appetite with all the skating.
8. Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Arguably the prettiest place in Glasgow, the Botanic Gardens – located in the West End close to Kelvingrove – are definitely worth visiting. The glass house takes you out of Glasgow and into a little bubble of peace and tranquillity, and the entire area is great to spend an hour or two exploring and relaxing. Perfect to take you away from everyday life for a little while, and a great place to take a couple of friends for a chill afternoon before exploring the West End.