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Glasgow Central Station is an important train station located in Glasgow, Scotland. It's the bigger and busier of Glasgow's two main train stations. On average, over 30,000,000 passengers pass through Glasgow Central Station, making it the busiest train station in Scotland. Glasgow Central connects the city with major destinations across the UK, including London, Liverpool, and Bristol.
Glasgow Central Station opened in 1879 and was immediately congested, with several extensions happening before 1905. Within 20 years of Glasgow Central opening, it received over 20,000,000 passengers annually. Currently, Glasgow Central Station is one of the UK's top-rated train stations, thanks to its range of facilities, on-time train services, and convenient location.
Whether you're hungry after hopping off the train or fancy doing some shopping before leaving the city, Glasgow Central has you covered with its range of stores and restaurants. You'll also be within walking distance of many of Glasgow's best attractions, in case you fancy getting out and exploring the city. Here are a few of the best things to do in and around Glasgow Central Station.
Pick up some supplies for your trip at one of Glasgow Central's many stores. Options include The Body Shop, WHSmith, and Scribbler.
Grab a quick bite or a coffee at one of the many chain restaurants. Choose from the likes of Burger King, Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme.
Escape the busy station at People's Palace. This 19th-century museum documents the history of Glasgow through artifacts and interactive exhibits. There's also The Winter Gardens, which contains an array of exotic flora.
Get experimental at the Glasgow Science Centre. This hands-on science museum is full of unique exhibits, from giant hamster wheels to mind-bending optical illusions.
Get a birdseye view from the Glasgow Tower. Located at the Glasgow Science Centre, this tower stands at over 400 feet tall and provides panoramic views across Glasgow.
Local bus services from Hope Street and Union Street (Traveline)
Cross-country train services (National Rail)
Taxi rank on Gordon Street (Traintaxi)
Glasgow is the busiest city in Scotland, with lots of world-class museums, historic landmarks, and family-friendly excursions to enjoy. If you don't fancy dragging your bags across the city, book a Glasgow Central luggage storage service with Bounce. You'll find several facilities in the vicinity of Glasgow Central Station, where you can stash your suitcases before touring Glasgow. Simply book through the Bounce app, and you'll be ready for your Glasgow adventure.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum contains many of Scotland's most important artworks and artifacts. The museum is home to over 8,000 objects and has a highly diverse collection, ranging from mummified Greek-Roman remains from 300 BC to a Spitfire fighter jet popular in World War II. Kelvingrove also has an impressive collection of art, with works by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Rembrandt. The most famous piece of art on display at Kelvingrove is Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.
After taking a tour, stop by the cafe for a cup of tea and a bite to eat. Kelvingrove Park is also a great spot for a riverside walk along the River Kelvin. You won't want to lug your backpack around Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, so swing by a luggage storage service near Glasgow Central Station first.
Glasgow Cathedral: Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in the city, dating back to the early 12th century. The cathedral features classic medieval Gothic architecture, with pointed spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. It was originally Roman Catholic until the Protestant Reformation of Scotland in the 16th century. Glasgow Cathedral is unique as it’s the only cathedral in Scotland that wasn't destroyed during this period and is the finest example of 12th-century architecture left in Scotland. It's also noteworthy for containing the crypt of St. Kentigern, who was thought to be the first bishop of Strathclyde.
Riverside Museum: The Riverside Museum is a modern transport museum dedicated to Glaswegian industry. You'll find over 3,000 objects in the museum's collection, which includes everything from locally built locomotives to cars to prams. The museum is also home to paintings of ferries, trams, and Glasgow's docks, by the likes R. H. Wyllie and L. S. Lowry. If you get peckish, stop by the museum's restaurant for lunch. You won't be able to bring your suitcase into the Riverside Museum, so check in at a luggage storage service near Glasgow Central.
M&D's Scotland's Theme Park: Looking for something fun for the kids? Consider M&D's Scotland's Theme Park. Situated about ten miles from Glasgow in Motherwell, M&D's Scotland's Theme Park offers over 40 different rides and attractions, including classic arcades, thrilling rollercoasters, and even ten pin bowling.
Thrillseekers will love the Tornado rollercoaster, which features vertical loops and reaches speeds of 50 mph. When visiting, make sure to ride the Ferris wheel, which provides sweeping views of the neighboring Strathclyde Country Park. There are also several bars and restaurants on-site, where you can grab a snack or a beverage. You won't be able to bring any personal items on the park's rides, so stop by a Glasgow Central luggage storage service beforehand.
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The price for luggage storage near Glasgow Central Station is just £5/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations in the Glasgow Central Station area which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Central Station, and Buchanan Bus Station and all over Glasgow.
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage near Glasgow Central Station.
Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Glasgow Central Station area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Glasgow Central Station and in the broader Glasgow area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.
The top-ranked middle to high-range hotels near Glasgow Central Station are Hotel, Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central, and Hilton Glasgow. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels near Glasgow Central Station are The Old School House.
The most popular restaurants to visit when near Glasgow Central Station are Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow, Bread Meats Bread, and Willow Tea Rooms.
Check out the nearby Glasgow Green, Kelvingrove Park, and Gallowgate Park.
While nearby, you can check out The Lighthouse, People's Palace, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.