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Visit Glasgow’s Hidden Gems

By Melanie Goldberg

Brave sitting on the subway for an extra stop and see what great places you can find.

Glasgow Wake Park, Port Dundas.

Glasgow Wake Park welcomes all levels and offers a specific beginner’s wakeboarding package, including kit and coaching, and they also run jam nights for the more experienced riders. This thrilling sport is considered the fastest growing watersport in the world, and you’re missing out if you haven’t already booked a set. Whether you go with friends or solo doesn’t matter as there’s always loads of hype on the dock from the enthusiastic coaches, or even head along with GUWake on one of their weekly sessions! And operating out of Pinkston Watersports Centre in Maryhill Canal, Glasgow Wake Park is only a 10-minute walk from Cowcaddens Subway.

Insta: Glasgow Wake Park (@glasgowwakepark) 
Website: Home | Glasgow Wake Park
Facebook: Glasgow Wake Park – Home | Facebook
GUWake: Glasgow University Wakeboarding Club | Facebook

The Language Hub, Partick

Just a couple minutes’ walk from Kelvinhall Subway and 15 minutes from the uni, The Language Hub is perfect for those awkward timetable gaps. This cosy space not only has free Wi-Fi, a small library and yummy cake (vegan and gluten free available!), but also runs a vast selection of language classes; from Danish to Gaelic. Additionally, they provide local communities with a platform to sell  handmade items, such as decorations and jams. Give this Community Interest Company some love and head there for your next study session, or even if you just fancy some sweet treats!

Website: The Language Hub Glasgow – The Language Hub
Instagram: Language Hub C.I.C. (@languagehubscot) 
Facebook: The Language Hub & The Cafe Hub – Home | Facebook

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston

Designed by Margaret MacDonald and her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is one of many iconic buildings throughout the city that boasts the famous Art Nouveau style (including the Willow Tea Rooms, the Art School and Scotland Street School). Nestled in the leafy Dumbreck area and only a 15-minute walk from Ibrox Subway, the grounds consist of the Heritage Centre, the Studio Pavilion gallery (which is utilised by their ‘In Residence’ artists) and a stunning walled garden. The beautifully decorated interior is popular for functions, but if you’re looking for a more low-key experience, visit their café which also functions as an art gallery, showcasing the works of local artists.

Website: Home – House for an Art Lover
Facebook: House for an Art Lover – Home | Facebook

Garnethill Synagogue, Garnethill

Scotland’s oldest Synagogue is a stunning Grade A listed building located in Garnethill, a conservation area and not far from Glasgow School of Art. Built in the late 1870s, the Synagogue is revered across the UK for its spectacular “high Victorian synagogue architecture”. Visitors are welcome to explore the rich history of the building and of Scotland’s first official community. Explore the fascinating Scottish Jewish Archive Centre and delve into Jewish life and history across Scotland. For more on Scottish Jewry, why not visit the Jewish section of the famed Necropolis, or the impressive former Shuls in Langside and Queen’s Park?

Website: Garnethill Synagogue | Scotland’s first purpose built Synagogue
Archives: Jewish Communities in Scotland – SJAC

The Tramway and Hidden Gardens, Pollokshields

Just a 5-minute train ride from Glasgow Central, The Tramway is an innovative arts centre whose name is inspired by Glasgow’s very own tram network (we got there first Edinburgh, ha!). Not only do they offer a host of art classes,from life drawing to portfolio prep, but they also have a variation of permanent and temporary exhibitions that are free to peruse. Additionally, as a performing arts centre, they run the ‘Dance International Glasgow’ festival every two years, and their very own ‘Tramway TV’. Also free to access is their stunningly well maintained ‘Hidden Gardens’, which has a vast array of specific sections such as their herb border and their flowery meadow. 

Website: Tramway website home page
Instagram: Glasgow Tramway (@glasgowtramway) • Instagram photos and videos
Facebook: Tramway – Home | Facebook


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