The core of the village consists of a late 18th/early 19th century terrace of two storey rose-covered houses. Significant suburban development has taken place on all approaches to the village in recent times. The village is overlooked by Caraun Hill, particularly so when approaching the village from the direction of Lough Ree. Services and businesses in the village include two pubs(Grogan's and Farrell's) both with restaurants, a restaurant in the Old Garda barracks,, a hairdressers', a Garda Station, coffee shop/arts centre, car sales garage, panelbeaters workshop, two redundant Forges, a heritage/Community centre (Old School House), bus repair garage, service station and supermarket, a number of B&B's, a precast and ready-mix Concrete Works, a stonemasons workshop, a defunct petty sessions court house, a former Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, a dispensary operated by the Health Board, a house which was formerly a mid terrace church, (steeple extant but not in situ), and a fake water pump installed by the Tidy Towns' (Ignoring the previous location of several original pumps in the village which were robbed in recent years-they had logically been located over wells). Glassan also hoasts 2 hunts mainly the Glassan Farmers Hunt and the South Westmeath Harriers.