West End life is centred around the main thoroughfare Byres Road, with its excellent selection of bars, theatre and live music venues, restaurants and shops - including supermarkets, grocers, butchers, fishmongers, all-night newsagents, chemists etc - and its cobbled back streets such as Ashton Lane, where you'll find quirky second-hand shops, cafés, a cinema, and lots of small specialist retailers and art galleries.
Kew, Athole and Buckingham are one block from Byres Road, whilst Cleveden is a 10-minute walk away, being set in a quiet, leafy, residential district.
Local points of interest include Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the University of Glasgow, and Glasgow Botanic Gardens - with the added benefit that most of the galleries in Glasgow have free entry!
The area is popular with tourists and contains many hotels, including the prestigious One Devonshire Gardens, which has accommodated a number of celebrity guests on visits to the city.
The West End area commonly refers to any area to the west of Charing Cross and boasts excellent transport links to Glasgow City Centre - just a 10-minute journey from one of our three Underground Stations or 15 minutes via one of the multitude of buses which run 24-hours-a-day.
The spire of Sir George Gilbert Scott's Glasgow University main building is a major local landmark and can be seen from miles around. The university is the fourth oldest in the English-speaking world and much of the city's student population is based in the West End, adding to its cultural vibrancy.
The area is also home to the exclusive Western Baths Sports and Health Club; Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery; Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena; Scotstoun Leisure Centre; Henry Wood Hall (home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra); the newly re-located Museum of Transport; three large hospitals, The Nuffield, The Western and Gartvanel, and just across the Clyde from the Southern General; Partick Thistle Football Club; four rugby clubs; two cricket clubs; one nine-hole golf course (another seventeen 18-hole courses within 10km!); three leisure/sports centres including two swimming pools; four bowling clubs; six tennis clubs; three public parks, and; our very own river, the Kelvin. The West End Festival, one of Glasgow's largest festivals, is held annually in June.