Explore Glasgow

TAICEP is excited to host our 8th Annual Conference in Glasgow, Scotland's largest metropolis. From its rich industrial heritage and modern structures to the vibrant art and food scene, Glasgow offers an abundance of attractions for all to enjoy. Many of Glasgow's most impressive landmarks and attractions are within walking distance from the hotel. We we hope you will take advantage of all that Glasgow has to offer.

Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
The Glasgow Cathedral, also known as St. Mungo's Cathedral, is a beautiful and impressive example of Scottish Gothic architecture both inside and out. To the east, you will find the Necropolis, Glasgow's historic cemetery. The Necropolis was inspired by the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France and officially opened in 1833.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The museum opened over a century ago and is Glasgow's most popular tourist attraction housing over 22 galleries of Renaissance and Impressionist art, 15th century armor, and Egyptian artifacts.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is a public research university in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded by papal bull in 1451, it is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. The University has attracted students from over 140 countries around the world and stands as the premier research institution in the UK. 

TAICEP is excited to offer a post-conference field trip to the University of Glasgow!

Glasgow Science Centre

Located on south bank of the River Clyde is the must-see Glasgow Science Centre with its interactive exhibits, workshops, shows, activities, planetarium and IMAX theater.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Beautiful flowers and sprawling lawns make the Glasgow Botanic Gardens a notable city landmark. At the center of the gardens is the Kibble Palace, a large glasshouse built in 1873.

Want to really get to know Glasgow beyond the typical tourist attractions? Alistair Wylie, lifelong native Scot and member of the 2022 conference planning team has provided some cultural observations, and detailed visitor recommendations.

  • The City Centre area, where the conference hotel is located, is an area of continuing regeneration and alive with creativity and construction work. The main shopping street (Buchanan [pronounced: Bew-cannon] Street) is regarded as one of the top shopping destinations outside of London. Running perpendicular to Buchanan Street at the top of city centre you will find Sauchiehall [pronounced: Sockie-hall] Street. This is another shopping area with some important landmarks including the residential Garnethill area, Glasgow School of Art, the King's Theatre, the Pavilion Theatre and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The concert hall is regarded as having some of the best acoustics in the world and attracts performances from international artists. Running perpendicular to Buchanan Street at the bottom of the city centre you will find Argyle Street. As well as offering a range of shopping, this street also hosts the conference hotel itself. Along Argyle Street, you will find St Enoch Square which sits beside the St Enoch Shopping Centre which is the largest glass-covered structure in Europe. Further along Argyle Street, you will find the Tron Theatre and, nearby, the trendy Merchant City area. Continuing to the end of Argyle Street, where the road is intersected by High Street and the Saltmarket, brings you onto Gallowgate which is home to the famous Barrowlands Ballroom.
  • The West End of Glasgow has a long association with students, upmarket living close to the city and, of course, it is home to the University of Glasgow. Although it is possible to walk to the West End, for most people it is a short taxi or subway ride away from the city centre. Byres Road is the main hub of the West End and if using the subway (locally known as the Clockwork Orange), there is a station which connects directly onto Byres Road. The West End is famous for its many tenements and old, prominent buildings as well as the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (free to access).
  • The Riverside area close to the city centre has been regenerated to reflect its past use and importance to the city. If you walk along the river for any distance, you will notice many new and imposing buildings. City of Glasgow College has a new campus on the riverside which caters for the delivery of nautical qualifications. Barclays Bank is currently completing a brand new hub in a strategic riverside location to house over 1,000 employees. The Riverside Museum (directly on the river bank and close to the West End/Partick area of the city) opened in 2011 and was designed by the late, world famous architect Ms Zaha Hadid. It strikes an imposing presence in terms of its style and location and houses collections related to transportation. The Tall Ship Glenlee is permanently docked on the riverside outside the Riverside Museum and this can also be visited.
  • Further along the river heading towards the West End of the city you will find the Scottish Event Campus. This riverside location continues to be developed and currently houses a large range of exhibition and conference space including the Clyde Auditorium (locally known as the Armadillo), the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the OVO Hydro arena. Directly opposite, on the other side of the river, you will see Glasgow Science Centre and the Borg-like headquarters of BBC Scotland as well as other media corporations. This area has recently been further developed as a luxury residential area with lots of new construction on-going. 
  • Several bridges (both pedestrian and vehicular cross the river at various points along the way. For those with an interest in bridges(!), they include the Clyde Arc (vehicles and pedestrians) which is locally known as the Squinty Bridge due to the angle at which it crosses the river, the Millennium Bridge (pedestrians), Bell's Bridge (pedestrians), the Squiggly Bridge (pedestrians), King George V Bridge (vehicles and pedestrians), Portland Street Suspension Bridge (pedestrians), Albert Bridge (vehicles and pedestrians) and, most famous of all, the Kingston Bridge which carries the M8 motorway directly to the city centre and connects Glasgow to all destinations south and north of the city. The Kingston Bridge was opened in 1970 and has undergone several periods of re-engineering to cope with increased traffic levels. It spans 10 lanes at its widest point and carries in excess of 150,000 vehicles per day.
  • Glasgow is home to many different entertainment venues such as:
    • The Theatre Royal – often hosting ballet performances
    • The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – check online for concerts or just visit the building and surrounding area (free)
    • The King's Theatre – hosting plays and muscials
    • The Pavilion Theatre
    • Cineworld Cinemas multiplex close to Sauchiehall Street
    • Many different small music venues such as the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket (Merchant City area), King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Oran Mor (West End), Blackfriars (Merchant City), Cottiers, SWG3, The Classic Grand.
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