Glasgow's West End is a vibrant, bohemian district of cafés, tea rooms, bars, boutiques, upmarket hotels, clubs and restaurants in an area that includes Kelvingrove Park, the University of Glasgow and the Botanic Gardens. The main thoroughfare is the bustling and cosmopolitan Byres Road.
The West End is bisected by the River Kelvin, which flows from the Campsie Fells in the north and joins with the River Clyde at Yorkhill Quay.
The spire of Sir George Gilbert Scott's Glasgow University main building (the second largest Gothic Revival building in Great Britain) is a major landmark and can be seen from miles around. The University is the fourth oldest in the English-speaking world. Much of the city's student population is based in the West End, adding to its cultural vibrancy.
The area is also home to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena and the Henry Wood Hall (home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra).
The West End Festival, one of Glasgow's largest festivals, is held annually in June.