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George Square
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The people of Glasgow love their spacious central gathering place, which is full of statues and surrounded by stately buildings and restaurants.

Visit George Square, named after King George III, to stand in the heart of Glasgow. See statues and sculptures of pioneering Scotsmen, admire historic architecture and enjoy fine dining. The square is a gathering place during large celebrations, such as St. Andrew’s Day on November 30, Christmas carnivals, student fairs and Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve).

This welcoming spot was once a muddy wasteland. In the late 1700s the area was transformed into private gardens bounded by Georgian townhouses. By the late 19th century it was a public square. Today, it houses the Tourist Information Centre, so it’s a good place to start your tour of Glasgow.

Admire the square’s most prominent structure, the 19th-century building of the Glasgow City Chambers to the east. Have a meal or beer in the old Bank of Scotland, an Italian Renaissance-style building that now houses a pub and restaurant.

George Square is home to a dozen statues of famous names from British culture. Among these are war memorials and statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and James Watt, the world-famous Scottish inventor. The tall central column is a homage to the writer Sir Walter Scott and underneath it stands the sculpture of poet Robert Burns, who wrote the lyrics of the song Auld Lang Syne.

Often you can enjoy live music by bagpipers and local bands on George Square. During St. Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay, you will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the celebrating locals. Check the Glasgow City Council website for upcoming events, with the Commonwealth Games being the major focus for the summer of 2014.

Rent some skates and circle the ice rink in winter. During the holiday season the square becomes a sparkling fairground. Children will enjoy the traditional rides, such as a big wheel and carousel.

Situated in the center of Glasgow, George Square is within walking distance of many of the major attractions, including The Lighthouse and Gallery of Modern Art.

Public buses stop near the square, and Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street train stations are both a short walk away.

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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 $116 per night from May 3 to May 4

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Royal Concert Hall. George Square and Buchanan Street ...

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5*

"Definitely worth every penny, such a nice hotel for the price. Felt like 5*"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2020

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Carlton George Hotel
Carlton George Hotel
4 out of 5
44 West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $105 per night from May 5 to May 6

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps from Merchants' House, Buchanan Street, and Buchanan Galleries. George Square and City Chambers are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Brilliant hotel in great central location

"The hotel is in a great location for Glasgow city centre. The staff were very friendly and helpfull and the hotel was very clean. We ate in the hotel and the food was excellent. I would recommend the hotel and will use it again."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

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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 $247 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

Located in City Centre Glasgow, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. The SSE Hydro and Glasgow Cathedral ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (994 reviews)

"Only issue was not given a Superior room, like we booked"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2020

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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 $116 per night from May 3 to May 4
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
Carlton George Hotel
Carlton George Hotel
4 out of 5
44 West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $105 per night from May 5 to May 6
Carlton George Hotel
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
5 out of 5
No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $247 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
easyHotel Glasgow
easyHotel Glasgow
3 out of 5
1 Hill Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $42 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
easyHotel Glasgow
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
4 out of 5
Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $116 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
Motel One Glasgow
Motel One Glasgow
3.5 out of 5
78-82 Oswald Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $113 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
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Native Glasgow
Native Glasgow
4 out of 5
14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $114 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
4 out of 5
301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $113 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Fraser Suites Glasgow
Fraser Suites Glasgow
4 out of 5
1-19 Albion Street Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $103 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Fraser Suites Glasgow
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