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Buchanan Street
Vacation Travel Guide

Buchanan Street showing street scenes as well as a large group of people

Cutting through the heart of Glasgow, this bustling pedestrianized street is lined with sleek shopping centers, restaurants and several cultural highlights.

Buchanan Street is a common part of any trip to Glasgow as it is bookended by two major stations. Spend time on this wide, car-free street during your trip to the cosmopolitan city. Walk along the length of “Style Mile” for an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing.

At the northern end of Buchanan Street is a set of iconic steps that lead up to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Lounge with the locals who like to gather on the stairs as a focal point in the city. Not far from this meeting point is the statue of Donald Dewar, the first leader of a devolved Scottish Parliament.

Spend an evening in the concert hall, which hosts orchestras, legendary musicians and experimental performances. The modern auditorium, shaped for the best listening experience, is the Glasgow home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who perform here frequently.

Head south from the hall to reach the Buchanan Galleries, an expansive mall. This street is the main shopping destination in the city, with fashion boutiques and several stylish retail centers. Spend hours browsing the latest trends in Princes Square Shopping Centre, which is built around an elegant, glass-roofed atrium. The jewelry shops in Argyll Arcade are equally enticing.

Take a small detour off Buchanan Street in either direction to admire art in beautiful surroundings. Turn to the west to the Lighthouse, a center for design and architecture created by famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A few yards east of the street is the neoclassical Gallery of Modern Art, which combines permanent exhibits with touring exhibitions to display the best in contemporary painting, sculpture and multimedia.

After filling your shopping bags, relax in one of the cafés and restaurants facing onto the street. Choose from Indian restaurants, pizzerias, American food joints or more informal coffee shops.

Walk from Buchanan Street to Glasgow's two major train stations. Trains from Queen Street head north and east into the rest of Scotland, while Glasgow Central links the city to the west coast as well as regular routes into England.

Top Hotels Close to Buchanan Street

DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
4 out of 5
Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $115 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery ...
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Dakota Glasgow
Dakota Glasgow
4 out of 5
179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $168 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (628 reviews)
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citizenM Hotel Glasgow
citizenM Hotel Glasgow
4 out of 5
60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $117 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro ...
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DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
4 out of 5
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The price is CA $115 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Dakota Glasgow
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4 out of 5
179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $168 per night from May 17 to May 17
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4 out of 5
60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $117 per night from May 25 to May 25
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4 out of 5
1-19 Albion Street Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $107 per night from May 17 to May 17
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Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
4 out of 5
110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $97 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
5 out of 5
No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $208 per night from May 25 to May 25
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Carlton George Hotel
Carlton George Hotel
4 out of 5
44 West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $112 per night from May 16 to May 16
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4 out of 5
136-148 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $114 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Millennium Hotel Glasgow
4 out of 5
40 George Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $82 per night from May 20 to May 20
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