If you fancy a minibreak with the kiddos then look no further, my friends, because Glasgow’s West End has got you covered. From child-friendly hotels to family-favourite dining, it has everything you need to keep the kids happy and the adults entertained…
I love Glasgow; it has an infectious buzz about it. Much like London, it feels young and vibrant and full of possibility. But it also feels homely, like a hug from your Granny. Madeleine is a country girl through & through but I see a lot of myself in her and I know that as she gets older she will crave the city and all it has to offer. I want her & Thomas to grow up with a love & appreciation of both the rural life and the culture & opportunity of the city.
My girl’s fourth birthday, and some tickets for Disney’s Frozen on Ice, seemed like the perfect time to introduce her to Scotland’s largest city. So last month Madeleine and I hopped on the train & headed south to the bright lights of Glasgow for a little adventure. It was the first time we’d been away together; the first time Madeleine had stayed in a hotel and the first time she had seen Anna & Elsa in real life. You can imagine the giddiness!
The train journey from Oban to Glasgow is such a pretty route. It takes you past castles, lochs & mountains and winds through villages & towns alike before heading into the hustle & bustle of the city.
We were staying at the 3 star Campanile hotel which is perfectly located next to the SSE Hydro & SECC and just a 5 minute walk from the Exhibition Centre train station. It’s also just off the M8 and is one of the few hotels in Glasgow with complimentary parking so it’s perfect if you’d prefer to drive.
Once we had checked in, and Madeleine had tested out the beds, we made our way to nearby Springfield Quay. The newly refurbished Quay is home to various restaurants as well as an Odeon cinema, Mecca bingo & Hollywood Bowl.
We decided to eat at Frankie & Benny’s and were quickly settled into a little booth. The family-friendly Italian is a favourite of ours when we head in to the city; Madeleine loves the free activity book & two-tone pencils and it’s pretty good value, too. I recommend signing up for their F&B Rewards beforehand for some great discount vouchers and bear in mind that kids eat free on Friday’s if you download their app.
I had a Californian pizza (£10.45) with goat’s cheese, peppers, red onion, mushrooms, avocado and mozzarella on a pesto & tomato sauce base. I kid you not, it was the best pizza I have ever tasted. And I’ve eaten a lot pizza!
Once we’d stuffed ourselves we headed back out into the cold and across the car park to Hollywood Bowl. We were planning on booking a lane but it was very busy and we were both so exhausted that we just played on the grabber machines (I spent a fortune trying to get her a damn troll; she doesn’t even know what they are!). We then made our way back to the Campanile for a shower and an early night.
I have a thing about showers. As a stay-at-home-mum it is a luxury for me to shower alone & with the door closed so when I get chance of a solo hair wash I like to make it count. A piddly shower will ruin a trip for me but Campanile Glasgow’s bathroom was clean, roomy and had a gloriously hot, powerful shower. Aaaaaaand relax!
When you book direct with Campanile you get free WIFI so I made the most of that with a quick catch up on Facebook before snuggling down for a good night sleep. The bed was really comfy so if it hadn’t been for Madeleine’s snoring I might have got one, too.