The Kelvingrove Museum

The Kelvingrove Museum

Byres Road has enough to keep you entertained around the clock. Apart from its broad selection of restaurants and bars, it is a great place to catch a film, theatre performance or a concert.


The West End is spoilt for choice when it comes to museums. Nearby Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the busiest in Britain outside of London, and has an incredible art collection as well as family friendly exhibitions on natural history, architecture and aviation. There is also a free organ recital at 1pm every day, which was made famous after the organist performed Life on Mars in tribute of David Bowie after his death in January 2016.

Located within the university campus is the Hunterian Museum, The Mackintosh House, The Hunterian Art Gallery and the Zoology Museum. William Hunter, a keen collector, bequeathed his entire lifework to the university after his death in 1783. Each museum has its own specialty, with many hidden gems to be found. Here's a tip: In the Hunterian Museums you can find the world's smallest dinosaur footprint, found between the toes of a much larger footprint!

A 15 minute walk from Byres Road is the Riverside Museum and adjacent The Tall Ship, a real treasure of a museum that seems to entertain the young as well as the old. In this museum, dedicated to transport, you can play around in old trains and look at cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. There is also an old street that has been recreated, allowing you to visit pubs, cobblers and photographers in order to learn about Glasgow in the past. Next to the museum you'll find the restored Clyde-built sailing ship Glenlee, which can be entered and explored from on board.

The Grosvenor Cinema

The Grosvenor Cinema


The Grosvenor cinema, located in Ashton Lane, is one of two independent cinemas in Glasgow and has two screens showing new and classic films, often collaborating with Glasgow event organisers, such as the Comedy Festival. The cinema has a relaxed atmosphere and a few comfy seats at the back of the salon - make sure to arrive early if you want to grab those popular seats. The cinema is licensed, allowing you to purchase an alcoholic drink to enjoy during the film. For the younger generation, there is a dedicated family programme during the day.

Oran Mor

This converted church has become a Glasgow landmark and offers a creative injection to the West End. A Play, A Pie and A Pint is currently in its 12th year, and has been named the UK's most popular lunchtime theatre. Plays are performed from Monday to Saturday, with a new piece put on each week of the season. The lunchtime theatre draws a huge crowd, and is popular with both locals and tourists.

Oran Mor also hosts concerts on an almost daily basis, and is one of the official venues participating in the popular Celtic Connections. Check out their live music programme for upcoming shows.

Free music

Several bars and restaurants in the area host free music performances, and there is enough to keep you busy most nights. Bar Gumbo hosts blues and jazz bands from Thursday to Sunday, and The Bothy keeps their dinner guests entertained on Fridays and Saturdays. One of the most popular bars in Ashton Lane, Jinty McGuinty's, also hosts live music almost every single night of the week.