Welcome to Glasgow

ISATT 2025 will be hosted at the University of Glasgow, at the heart of Scotland's largest city. To help you get to know our city and plan your visit as part of ISATT, we've gathered some links and other useful information below. 

‘Must visit’ destination

Glasgow is an incredibly friendly, cosmopolitan city with beautiful architecture and numerous cultural attractions.

As the UK’s top cultural and creative city, Glasgow has numerous art galleries and museums, beautiful architecture, is a UNESCO city of music, and is one of Europe’s greenest cities with 90 parks and gardens.

Glasgow is also the gateway to Scotland, with some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery on its doorstep. It is ideally placed for exploring the West Coast islands, Loch Lomond, whisky distilleries, majestic castles and numerous golf courses.

SECC & The Hydro with reflections

Accessible city

Glasgow is Scotland’s most accessible city. Delegates can fly directly to one of three international airports surrounding Glasgow or take the train from any UK transport hub.

Walkable city

Glasgow is a very walkable city; most hotels, venues, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other.


Around the University of Glasgow

The University sits at the heart of Glasgow's West End, recently voted 'Best Neightbourhood in UK & Ireland' by the Academy of Urbanism, due to its artistic and walkable nature. 

With its exquisite sandstone villas and leafy avenues, it's the perfect place to experience Glasgow’s cafe culture and museum district, all within walking distance of your conference!

University Gardens from University Avenue

Galleries & Museums

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is one of the perennial favourite attractions of Glasgow’s West End. Housing one of Europe’s great art collections amongst many other great exhibitions, it’s one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London. Across the road, you’ll find the National Library of Scotland’s moving image gallery at the recently refurbished Kelvinhall.

At the University of Glasgow campus, the Hunterian is one of the leading university museums in the world, and the nearby Mackintosh House replicates the interiors of 6 Florentine Terrace, the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.


Botanic Gardens

Situated right next to the River Kelvin, the Botanic Gardens provide a welcome break from a busy conference day. A tranquil blend of formal gardens and woodland walks awaits, and the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse is great to visit.

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. It’s home to the beautifully refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand, the latest open-air arts venue in the city. Delegates can also enjoy spectacular riverside walks and spot rare wildlife along the banks of the Kelvin. The park also features sporting facilities, a skateboard park and a café.

Main building and tower from park at sunset, students on bench in foreground

Vintage shopping

The West End’s cobbled Ruthven and Dowanside lanes have many quirky vintage shops, trinkets and oddities. Similarly, Cresswell Lane houses De Courcy’s Arcade, which has a cluster of curious boutiques, galleries, gift shops, cafés and specialist services.

Cafés, restaurants & bars

Byres Road, the West End’s epicentre, is crammed with places to eat and drink. Ashton Lane is a cobbled lane lined with a mix of great bars and restaurants and even an independent cinema. The lane is lit with twinkling fairy lights in winter, and in summer, it’s a hot spot for al fresco eating and drinking in the sunshine.

Students at Ashton Lane in the West End