We’re going to Glasgow - are you coming?
This year’s NWR National Conference will be held in the vibrant city of Glasgow at the Grand Hotel and will be on the theme of 'Diverse Connections’. We have some excellent speakers already confirmed and events will include guided tours of Glasgow’s historical sites, an evening meal and of course a quiz.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Glasgow. Why not stay for a couple of days when you come for the conference and see what you can discover? If you know of any more great things to do - we’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below.
The Necropolis is one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe and final resting place to 50,000 people. Built when Glasgow was the second city of the empire, it is a memorial to the merchant patriarchs of the city and contains the remains of almost every eminent Glaswegian of its day. The memorials were designed by leading Glaswegian architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Enjoy the great view over the city and then pop into the neighbouring brewery in Wishart Street for a pint.
Willow Tea Rooms
Mackintosh’s influence can be seen throughout the city. For the classiest cup of tea, head to the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street. Every aspect of the tea rooms - the interior and exterior, the waitress dresses and even the spoons - were designed by Mackintosh in 1904.
Their ‘famous’ Willow Meringues sound intriguing!
Cruise the Clyde
See Glasgow from the water. This 90-minute river tour will take you right through the heart of the city. With a day ticket you can hop on and off at various stops. Why not stop off at the Glasgow Science Centre?
The Riverside Museum
Glasgow’s Riverside Museum won the European Museum of the Year Award 2014. Clamber on and off a South African locomotive, ride an old subway train and wander down a full-size recreation of an early 20th century Glasgow street.
Glasgow, UNESCO City of Music
There is a wealth of musical entertainment for all tastes in this UNESCO Creative City. Find out what’s on.
Restaurants for big groups
Are you coming with your NWR group? Or meeting up with friends? Here are some restaurants that can seat 20 people.
- The Living Room
- Grill on the Corner
- 29 Glasgow
- Café Rogano
- Anchor Line
- City Merchant
- The Corinthian
Photo by dun_deagh
If you're interested in all things canal-related, why not pop over to Falkirk to visit the Falkirk Wheel (boat lift linking the Union and "Forth & Clyde" canals) and the Kelpies (giant horse sculptures) - both seen on the trailers for the current "Great Canal Journeys" TV series with Prunella Scales & Timothy West. Falkirk is only 25 miles from Glasgow, or about 25 minutes on the train from Glasgow Queen Street station. Get in touch with the Falkirk group and we'll try and arrange to meet up with you.