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George Square

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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citizenM Hotel Glasgow CA $120
citizenM Hotel Glasgow

citizenM Hotel Glasgow

60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cowcaddens Station is 5 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 6 minutes.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central CA $115
    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

    DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

    Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cowcaddens Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 9 minutes.

      Native Glasgow CA $125
      Native Glasgow

      Native Glasgow

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Glasgow, this aparthotel is steps away from George Square, Merchant City and Buchanan Street. Gallery of Modern Art and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Queen Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 3 minutes.

        Dakota Glasgow CA $182
        Dakota Glasgow

        Dakota Glasgow

        179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 also within 15 minutes. Glasgow Charing Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cowcaddens Station is 8 minutes.

          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square CA $103
          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square

          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Glasgow, this apartment building is steps away from George Square, Merchant City and Gallery of Modern Art. Buchanan Street and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Queen Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Buchanan Street Station is 4 minutes.

            Malmaison Glasgow CA $118
            Malmaison Glasgow

            Malmaison Glasgow

            278 West George St, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Glasgow, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Vincent Street Church and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Buchanan Street are also within 15 minutes. Cowcaddens Station is 9 minutes by foot and Buchanan Street Station is 10 minutes.

              Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square CA $84
              Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square

              Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is steps away from Gallery of Modern Art, George Square and Merchant City. Buchanan Street and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Glasgow Argyle Street Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre
                Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre

                Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Merchant City. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Buchanan Street Station and Glasgow Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.