Hillhead is a unique and historic area in the West End of Glasgow. It is part of the West End Conservation Area and has the greatest number of listed buildings. It is also the oldest part of conservation area with tenement blocks and terraces dating back to the 1840s. In the nineteenth century the University of Glasgow moved to Gilmorehill from the city centre and its Victorian gothic spires are a landmark in Hillhead and beyond.
There is a wide diversity of terraces and tenements, fine churches, schools and distinguished public buildings interspersed with small villas and relics of our industrial past. The social and cultural life of the area is vibrant, reaching a colourful climax in the annual West End Festival. Hillhead is home to Glasgow University and the Western Infirmary. It is bounded by the busy shopping thoroughfare of Byres Road, the Botanic Gardens and the River Kelvin and intersected by Great Western Road, the main arterial route to the north-west.