Glasgow’s Hidden Gems


There are some many things to see and do in Glasgow. But you may not know about lots of the hidden treasures that there are to discover across the city. Glasgow is full of surprises and we would like to uncover some of our favourite hidden gems to visit on a city break to Glasgow.

Our £39 each way Express from Belfast to Glasgow is the ideal way for food lovers and culture seekers from Northern Ireland to make the quick trip across the water to visit Scotland.

1. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Britannia Panopticon is the World’s oldest surviving music hall. The Britannia opened in 1857 to entertain the workers in the industrial capital of the world. 1,500 people flocked in for every show up to six shows a day. Over the years all the greats of the Scottish and London music hall stage appeared there including Dan Leno, Harry Champion, Charles Coburn, Marie Loftus, Vesta Tilley, Ella Shields, Jack Buchanan, Harry Lauder, Archie Leech (Cary Grant) and most famously, Stan Laurel who made his debut there in 1906. The 1920’s stage has been stored and they have preserved the existing 1857 platform which lies underneath. They are now planning to restore the balcony front. We think Britannia Panopticon is a real hidden gem and a step back in time to the Victorian city.

Britannia Panopticon

117 Trongate,


G1 5HD

2. Glickman’s Confectionary

Glickman's Confectionary


Glickman’s Confectionery, established in 1903, is the oldest sweetie shop in the heart of Glasgow. The shop offers all their local customers and tourists the opportunity to purchase confectionery at discounted prices. With old favourites such as Macaroon Cake, Candy Balls, Lucky Tatties, Soor Plooms and with endless jars filled with mouth-watering delights in every colour of the rainbow…Who could resist taking their taste buds on a trip down memory lane!

Glickman’s Confectionary

157 London Road,


G1 5BX

The Oldest Sweet Shop in Glasgow. Online shop (

3. The view from Queen’s Park

View from queens park

For those who like to go walking or sightseeing you will be taken away by the panoramic view at the top of Queen’s Park. Queen’s park is situated on the south side of the city, just 2 ½ miles from the city centre. Why not grab an artisan coffee from one of the many independent coffee shops and take on the hill towards the flagpole to discover one of the city’s finest viewpoints. You can look out for miles and see from all compass points where city meets country. We think this spectacular view is definitely one of Glasgow’s hidden gems!

4. The Hidden Lane Teamroom

The Hidden Lane Tearoom is found tucked away in a sunny corner of the Hidden Lane, officially known as Argyle Court.  The multi-coloured, unique studio is home to crafts people, musicians and small business people and has become a popular attraction for the creative community. It is located off the beaten track but we think the location has become part of the charm, a real hidden gem! They offer a varied menu from pancakes for breakfast, homemade soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch, to luxurious afternoon tea, voted second best in the country in Peter Irvine’s highly acclaimed ‘Scotland the best.’ We love their range of homemade cakes especially their classic Victoria sponge and secret recipe scones.

The Hidden Lane Tearoom

The Hidden Lane Tearoom

1103 Argyle Street,



G3 8ND

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10 Great reasons to choose Hannon Coach to travel between Belfast and Glasgow…

    1. Our service is the ONLY direct through service between Belfast and Glasgow – our coach travels the whole way with you and does not just drop you at the ferry terminal.
    2. Convenient online booking up to 60 minutes before departure
    3. The cost of the ferry is included, and we also check you on-board.
    4. Luxury coach the whole way with on-board toilet, Wi-Fi and reclining seats.
    5. The coach drops you off at Buchanan bus station– right in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of University of Glasgow, Glasgow Cathedral, George square and the Light House.
    6. No luggage charges – bring up to 2 full size 23Kg suitcases per passenger.
    7. We can also accommodate bikes and larger items (Passengers are required to contact us in advance).
    8. We do not hike prices on busy days or closer to your travel date.
    9. Hassle-free security
    10. Free Wi-Fi the whole way.