Accommodation close to multi-purpose indoor arena
Glasgow has grown in popularity as a tourist destination in recent years, and the city has a wide choice of cheap hotels and bed and breakfast rooms, as well as other budget accommodation, such as B&Bs, rooms in family run guest houses and city hostels. Glasgow’s industrial wealth and past can be seen in its handsome Victorian buildings and museums. It is also a city of fine dining, great shopping, a lively nightlife, and home to one of the UK’s best live music scenes.
Much of this music scene takes place in the huge new SSE Hydro Arena. This arena is a unique building that hosts major music stars, as well as other entertainment and sporting events.
The arena features an elliptical shape and sloping lines, inspired by the amphitheatres of the ancient Roman world. Wherever you are inside the SSE Hydro Arena you can be sure of great views and wonderful acoustics. The interior of the arena is comfortable and flexible, with seats that can be rearranged for different types of events and spectaculars.
Inspired by the Amphitheatres of the Ancient Roman World
The SSE Hydro holds an audience of 12,000 and stages up to 140 events every year. Local accommodation has grown to cater for this audience, with plenty of choice in cheap rooms in hotels and B&Bs across the city.
This huge auditorium is reputed to be the fourth busiest venue in the world, ranking alongside Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena (find hotels).
The facade of the venue is visible from some distance away, especially at night when it ‘glows’. Its covering is a space industry film of pneumatic and translucent cushions, allowing natural light to flood in during the day. Many hotels around the complex offer great value bed and breakfast deals, free car parking and free WiFi access.
address : SECC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW
directions : from the M8, off junction 26 (eastbound) and junction 25a (westbound)
Two other major event complexes in Glasgow are the INTU Braehead Shopping Centre and Arena, and Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Where Should I Stay to find budget places to stay ?
Do a little research before your visit and you will find plenty of cheap accommodation, from chain hotels to quirky B&Bs, often with distinctive and unique characteristics. Whether you want rooms only, full-board hotels, apartments for rent, or bed and breakfast accommodation in B&Bs, Glasgow will have plenty of cheap choices for you.
The city has an efficient public transport system, so wherever your bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation is located in the city, you will have no trouble getting to the SSE Hydro Arena.
Glasgow is also the perfect location for a day trip to Edinburgh, which is easy to get to by road, train or bus. All over Glasgow there are cheap accommodation choices for you, with B&Bs and hotels with bed and breakfast rooms for all budgets and tastes.
Reserve your rooms by booking early online, or grab some great last-minute deals. Most of Britain’s chain hotels are represented in Glasgow, all offering guaranteed levels of comfort, service and cleanliness.
Many have great deals and some have their own restaurants, fitness suites and swimming-pools. Cheap hotels are plentifully located around the city’s motorway and rail hubs, while many B&Bs are located in the city centre, often in lovely old Victorian buildings.
The SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow Scotland
Name : The SSE Hydro Arena
Nearest railway station ?
Nearest railway station is the Exhibition Centre Station (EXG), address ; Minerva Street, Glasgow G3 8LD. It’s SSE Hydro’s own dedicated railway station.
Trains run frequently from the city centre to this station, journey time is three minutes.
The center of Glasgow is well connected with every city in the UK by the Central Railway Station, and central and northern Scotland by Queen Street Station.
Nearest Airport ?
The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport, a 15 minutes drive away. Prestwick airport can be reached in approx. 45 minutes.
The First Eventlink 707 bus service runs from the venue to the center of the city after many concerts and events.
From George Square in the city centre you can take 100 Riversider bus service to the SECC, then Riverside Museum and return, every 30 minutes.
Glasgow can easily be reached by coach from throughout the UK. Services run to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station.
Address : SECC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW
Postcode district : G3
Region : west central Lowlands
Council Area : Renfrewshire
Tel : +44 141 248 3000
Capacity : up to 13,000
Opened in 2013
Nearest Hotels : hotels nearby are set on the banks of the River Clyde, just minutes from the SSE Hydro and the SECC and a 10-minute car journey from Glasgow’s historic city centre (3 minutes by train).