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Driving to Glasgow

A Motorists guide to Glasgow - directions, parking and more

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Glasgow has managed to rise from its financial depression and become a city with a thriving arts and music scene. Grittier than Edinburgh, it is also trendier, with many art galleries, shops, bars and cafes lining its streets.
Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has left his mark all over the city, most notably the Glasgow School of Art, where his characteristic designs are most evident. The centre of Glasgow is dominated by George Square, and to the southwest the Royal Exchange Square. The latter contains the Gallery of Modern Art, with works by Warhol and Hockney, as well as many Scottish artists.
South of the River Clyde is the Burrell Art Collection, which holds over 8,000 artworks that were donated by the philanthropist Sir William Burrell. More priceless pieces can be observed at the People’s Palace, which houses a collection that illustrates Glasgow life. Admission is free to all the aforementioned attractions.

There are shopping districts galore: Buchanan Street, just off Royal Exchange Square, St. Enoch Centre on Princes Square, and Merchant City, the latter containing many designer stores. The West End of Glasgow has a more bohemian reputation, and there are further shops of a smaller nature along its mews.
For shopping of a more humble nature check out Barras, the oldest market in Glasgow which is located near the People’s Palace. If after all this you need a break from the bustling city fear not, there are plenty of parks you can relax in, after all Glasgow does mean ‘dear green place’.

Map of the area

Speed limits around Glasgow

Speed Limits

Motorway: 70 mph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph
Rural: 60 mph
Urban: 30 mph

Distances from Glasgow to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Glasgow
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Edinburgh, Scotland67 km (42 miles)

Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest, England169 km (105 miles)

Belfast, Northern Ireland176 km (109 miles)

Derry, Northern Ireland213 km (132 miles)

Manchester, England295 km (183 miles)

Dublin, Ireland316 km (196 miles)

Alton Towers, England354 km (220 miles)

Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England364 km (226 miles)

Birmingham, England406 km (252 miles)

Stratford, England441 km (274 miles)

Silverstone Circuit, England471 km (292 miles)

Cardiff, Wales492 km (306 miles)

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