Things to do in Glasgow

Glasgow is full of amazing art, architecture, cultural and culinary adventures (and we don’t mean the fried Mars bar). The old tenement buildings provide a unique residential city scape, Kelvingrove Art Galery (2 minutes walk from the conference) is one of the top art exibitions in the UK (and a fabulous building), the Botanic Gardens are a place to sooth the soul. The areas around the Conference are bursting with cafes and restaurants, from the old Chippy to fine dining, from Aberdeen Angus to Vegan Ventures.

The City of Glasgow

As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is famed for its culture, shopping and people. Spend your day exploring a wide range of fascinating free museums and galleries, enjoying the UK’s best shopping outside of London, and taking advantage of tips from friendly local people on the city’s hidden gems — then choose from 130+ weekly musical events for a special night out. Glasgow is also the perfect base for exploring more of Scotland, with great connections to the Highlands and the islands. (Tripadvisor)

Things to see/do 

Glasgow Necropolis & Glasgow Cathedral – free entry to both

Glasgow Mural trail – walking around Glasgow city centre seeing all the street art

Mackintosh Lighthouse (currently closed but may reopen soon) and Mackintosh at the Willow / Tea Rooms – for tea lovers 

Pollok Park & the Burrell Collection – Lovely country park located south, ~20 mins train from Central, free entry to both so to walk around and you may spot some Highland cows!

Glasgow Botanical Gardens – free entry and in the West End area

Kelvingrove Museum & Park – free entry and lovely

Restaurants & Cafes

The Bothy – next to Hillhead subway station. They do large groups and good value for money
Ashton Lane – behind Hillhead subway station, I would encourage you go to the Ubiquitous Chip (amazing food and gorgeous venue)
Paesano & Mozza – both incredible pizzerias in the city centre
Arta – beautiful venue and good quality food in the city centre. 
Singl-end – they have two branches, excellent for brunch/lunch
Ziques – nice restaurant in the West End, for coffee and else
Ka Pao – excellent pan Asian food – get the taster menue if you are more than 4 and are carnivores.
Stereo – amazing Vegan restaurant just next to Glasgow Central Station

KEMBER & JONES DELI CAFE – Best cinnamon buns ever

Great variety of bars/cafes in both Finneston and Partick areas in the West End.

Travelling to SSC 23

Venue: Clarice Pears Building, University of Glasgow, 90 Byres Road, Glasgow,  G12 8TB

Travel to the venue within Glasgow

Arrival by train: Glasgow has two main national train stations, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. From either station we recommend taking the subway from Buchannan Street to Hillhead. Hillhead subway station is 4-minute walk from the Claire Pears building. Alternatively, it is an approximately 45-minute walk or 15-minute taxi journey from either station.

Arrival by air: Glasgow International Airport is an approximately 15-minute taxi ride or 45-minute journey via public transport (500 Airport Express Bus then subway as above) from the Clarice Pears building.

Arrival by car: There is no car parking available within the University campus. The nearest public pay and display carparks are at Lilybank Gardens (6-minute walk) and Bunhouse Road (8-minute walk).

Whilst we encourage in person attendance the conference will be run as a hybrid event.