City of Glasgow College
190 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0RF
Explore Glasgow, a vibrant city that bursts with character and is best known for its culture, vibrant music scene, and stunning architecture. This AccessAble Guide is here to show you the accessible side of Scotland’s Largest City, detailing what’s available for disabled visitors and residents from wheelchair accessible hotels and restaurants to disability savvy museums and attractions.
Getting to Glasgow
As the biggest city in Scotland, Glasgow is well connected to Central Scotland’s transport network and can also be reached by coach or train.
National Express can provide services for disabled travellers, including assistance for wheelchair users. Plus, there are several bus companies which can provide accessible transport for disabled people around the city, including wheelchair accessible ramps and spaces and free travel for assistance dogs.
If you prefer to travel by train, Glasgow’s main train stations are Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Station. Glasgow Central Station has level access to all key concourse shops and services making them accessible and allowing for wheelchair access, there is also an accessible toilet located near the front entrance of the station.
Accessible Places to Stay in Glasgow
Glasgow has a wide range of accessible attractions to suit everyone. Starting with your accessible accommodation, we have Access Guides which list detailed access information for hotels and B&Bs across Glasgow which are suitable for all budgets and access needs. Blue badge and accessible parking are available at the Radisson Blu, Travelodge (Central Glasgow), the Grasshoppers and Millennium Hotel Glasgow.
For disabled travellers needing specific accessible accommodation, Glasgow has plenty to offer from The Hilton Glasgow on William Street or the Crowne Plaza to more budget friendly Ibis Budget Glasgow or Hallmark Hotel Glasgow. See the AccessAble Website and App for more information and to check if a hotel is accessible for you.
Shopping in Glasgow for Disabled Travellers
As the second largest retail city in the UK, Glasgow is filled with stylish boutiques and high street names to satisfy that shopping urge; many have their own AccessAble Access Guides, giving detailed information for disabled shoppers, carers and anyone who needs accessibility information.
For the sophisticated shopper, indulge your love of high-end brands and boutique fashion in Prince’s Square which is located in Glasgow City centre and is accessible from a public car park, it also has level access for disabled walkers and wheelchair users and accessible toilets.
Savvy shoppers who favour dependable High Street fashions should head to the St Enoch Centre, Scotland’s largest mall, housed in a stunning glass building. Here you’ll find accessible, familiar high street shops and places to eat and gather with friends. St Enoch’s has its own dedicated car park with Blue Badge Bays available as well as having automatic doors and level access throughout, make it more accessible for those with a wheelchair or walking aid. The Atrium Food Court is located on the ground and first floor and has a huge selection of eateries catering for many dietary requirements, the seating area has ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
Accessible Museums and Galleries in Glasgow
For a more cultured visit there is an array of accessible things to do including an assortment of museums and art galleries. With free Blue Badge Parking available on-site a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, home to some of Europe’s most loved art collections is a must.
Art lovers should not miss a visit to the inspiring Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square. GoMA has a wonderful programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops by local and international artists, to help aid accessibility the major exhibitions having their main information panel supplied in Braille and all exhibition labels are in large print. BSL and Descriptive tours are also available for each exhibition, check in at reception for assistance requirements.
The Gallery also offer a regular accessible workshop programme for people who are visually impaired; creating a unique and accessible place that uses modern art to inspire an exchange of powerful ideas about life and human experiences.
Glasgow's award-winning transport museum Riverside Museum showcases over 3,000 objects from skateboards to locomotives. It has an array of interactive displays, including a stroll through Glasgow streets, the chance to clamber aboard a train, tram or bus and discover Glasgow's rich shipbuilding history or put out a fire using their interactive fire engine. Riverside Museum aims to help accessibility by having over 90 large touch screen panels full of images, memories and films that tell the fascinating stories behind the objects.
Enjoy the Theatres and Cinemas of Glasgow
Perhaps a trip to the theatre is more your style, or maybe a visit to the cinema? The Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Glasgow staging classical ballet and modern musicals, accessible attributes include designated wheelchair (and companion) spaces within the theatre as well as audio described performances and access to an accessible toilet. If you prefer the latest box office hit, AccessAble have Access Guides for several cinemas across Glasgow, including Odeon Luxe on Glasgow Quay, Cineworld and of course the famous Glasgow Film Theatre, home to Glasgow Film Festival and Scotland’s most diverse and best publicly attended independent cinema. GTF has thought about its disabled visitors and provides assistance as needed with designated wheelchair space, access for motorised scooters as well as audio description shows and sound enhancement services, to check information to make sure any of these venues is accessible for you, click the venues to see their Access Guides.
Sightseeing in Glasgow
A trip to Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without a wheelchair accessible City Sightseeing Bus Tour to admire Glasgow’s spectacular architecture (audio tours are available, just ask when you book) or a visit to the stunning Botanic Gardens, home to the notable Kibble Palace which houses large collection of orchids, carnivorous plants and tree ferns. The Botanic Gardens is set over large grounds, so those who need access to seats should take note of the seating areas which are accessible as you wander around. The Botanic Gardens have level and easy sloped access, seating and accessible toilets with parking available nearby.
Drygate Brewery, the only microbrewery operating in the ancient brewing heart of Glasgow and the UK's first experiential brewery has on-site parking, including Blue Badge spaces whilst the Brewery itself has increased its accessibility with the lift located at the rear of the venue so that all floors are accessible and trying where possible to have gentle sloped and level access to allow wheelchair manoeuvrability and room for disabled walkers to enjoy their tours.
There are so many accessible things to see and do in the ‘friendly city’ you won’t be disappointed!
Accessible Places to Eat in Glasgow
Don’t forget to tantalise your taste buds, Glasgow is home to restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and pocket. There are so many accessible options, why not try Art Lover’s Café in Bellahouston Park for a sophisticated luncheon with its accessible and ambulant toilets, clearly written menus level access and sumptuous dining you’re in for a real treat. Di Maggio’s on Royal Exchange Square allows motorised scooters and has ample wheelchair manoeuvrable space and delicious food and ‘great friendly service’.
For those who need accessible parking close by, Café Gandolfi has a carpark located nearby as well as on-street Blue Badge Parking around the corner from the building. Seafood lovers who need accessible parking try City Merchant with their range of traditional Scottish seafood and game.
Looking for vegetarian or vegan options, why not try Missoula located in Glasgow City Centre, who have lift access to their stepped areas and a dedicated accessible toilet.
Glasgow is home to restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and pocket.