After waking up ridiculously early one Friday last month, I checked my emails (as usual) and the first thing I saw was an email from Ryanair- "€2 FLIGHTS". Feeling rather spontaneous, I gathered some of the girls together and after repeatedly trying to access the crashing website, seven of us managed to book return flights to Glasgow for 4 quid. Cheaper than a trip into Dublin city!
Because we were flying out early in the morning and flying home late that night, we wanted to fit as much sightseeing in as possible. Here's what we got up to!
The first thing we did was have a stroll around the city. We wanted to get our bearings, and it was relatively easy to find our way around with the help of Google Maps. As we were quite cold, tired and hungry, we grabbed a quick Greggs on the go and had a delish hot chocolate in Café Nero (my favourite!). Although most of us were just window shopping, we popped into some of the shops on Buchanan and Argyle street, the major shopping areas.
The weather wasn't great and we didn't want to walk around for 12 hours so we decided the best way to see the city was by a 'hop on hop off' bus. Looking back, I'm so glad we made that decision- we were absolutely wrecked coming home that night. So we embarked on our trip around Glasgow city on an open-top bus with 2 main stops in mind; Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
The university was absolutely stunning, it was like strolling around Hogwarts. The best thing about visiting the uni and museum was that they were free- we paid about £12 for the bus itself but it was definitely worth the money! Kelvingrove was just around the corner from the university so we walked around for a quick peek at the art. It was such a beautiful building, and there was an organ player playing on the day which really added to the experience.
By this time we were absolutely starving, so we continued on the bus around the city and got off on Buchanan street. After much deliberation, we chose the safe option of Bella Italia, as we knew the prices were student friendly and the food was good. After taking the time to relax and fill ourselves up, we headed back to the Glasgow Christmas markets we'd spotted earlier on in the day. It was such a festive way to end the trip and we all chose something sweet to eat for dessert. We hopped on a bus around 6pm and headed back to the airport after our fleeing visit. Glasgow is definitely somewhere I'd be keen to visit again- the architecture was truly beautiful and the prices weren't too bad either. Perfect for a student day trip!
Hope you guys enjoyed this mini travel guide- my first trip for 2017 has just been booked and I'm heading to PRAGUE! Stay tuned for another student friendly travel guide then...