Queen Street station is located in the very heart of Scotland’s largest city, so if have a few hours to spare between your train connections, it is well worth heading out of the station to explore the surrounding area.
Directly outside Queen Street station is George Square and the impressive Glasgow City Chambers, the headquarters of Glasgow City Council. You will also see the impressive architecture of the Trades Hall of Glasgow, and the chic Merchant City holds many delights.
Other places of interest within walking distance of Queen Street station include the Provand’s Lordship, the People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, St. Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow School of Art (famous for the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Queen Street station is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Buchanan Street which, along with Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street, form the shopping centre of what has been voted the best city for shopping in the UK after London! There is a very wide array of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in the centre of Glasgow, and you will find no shortage of warmth in the welcome either in “The Friendly City”.
If you have a little more time, it is well worth visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery (take the Underground (itself an interesting little operation – one of the oldest in the world!) to Kelvinhall), the University of Glasgow, the Botanical Gardens, Pollok Country Park, Scotland Street School, the Glasgow Piping Centre, the Museum of Transport and the up-and-coming riverside by the Clyde. Glasgow is, of course, home to Scotland’s premier music and conference venue, the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre).
If you happen to be driving in Glasgow city centre you might want to look into
cheap parking options prior to setting off. This way you know exactly where you will be going and how much you can save.
Glasgow Queen Street has a number of facilities available:
Baby changing facilities
First class lounge facilities (limited)
Trolleys (available 24 hours a day)
Accessible ramps for trains are available, as are accessible taxis. Please note that there is a 5-10 minute walk between Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central stations, and you should allow enough time to get between them.