A primary business and shopping thoroughfare in the centre of the city, Sauchiehall Street is a famous and iconic street of Glasgow and a major, buzzing hub full of moving and energetic shoppers. It is one of the busiest streets in the city and a central shopping area, full of high-street brands, fashion chains and favourite stores. The street is 2.5 kilometres long, linking with Parliamentary Road in the east and Argyle Street in the West.
In addition to an abundance of familiar fashion brands and store names, Sauchiehall Street is full of shops selling furniture, books, homeware and smaller, boutique style products. There are also many restaurants and cafes lining the street offering a refreshing break for shoppers, and some independent tearooms for an afternoon treat. Aside from shopping, visitors to Sauchiehall Street can go to the cinema, explore the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum or visit one of the art galleries for a spark of local creativity. The western section of the street also has a busy reputation for nightlife, with many student bars and renowned clubs, including the largest nightclub in Glasgow, perfect for an evening of entertainment.
Sauchiehall Street is in the heart of the city centre, making it readily available for visitors navigating Glasgow by foot or bike, particularly since there are racks provided on the street for cyclists to park safely. There are also nearby bus stops, which have links to Glasgow Central Station, offering national rail services to the rest of the UK. Charing Cross is the nearest train station to Sauchiehall Street, situated within a five-minute walk, and although there is limited parking on the street itself there is a large car park at the station as well.
Before becoming an urban centre, Sauchiehall Street was once a moorland hillside and woodland from which it gets its name, as the Scots word roughly translates to “Willow Grove”. The street grew with the expansion of the city, and during the 19th century, it became a quiet road defined by its wealthy and distinguished villas. Its notable buildings hold much of its history, including the Glasgow Empire Theatre, once host to star performers like Frank Sinatra, and the Beresford Hotel that was built in a unique Art Deco style for the 1938 Empire Exhibition.