Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, has so much to offer visitors it’s difficult to know where to start. From historic architecture to shops galore, there’s plenty to pack in to a trip here. It boasts luxury hotels, 5 star restaurants and some fabulous shopping locations. It’s a great place to travel and tour in, with no time for dull moments. Over the past decade, Glasgow has seen a culture boom so you’re sure to have a fun-filled time here.
Doors Open Days is an annual event which allows you to explore Scotland’s architectural gems for free. This year’s event is going to be the largest yet as throughout September more than 1,000 sites are expected to welcome visitors across Scotland.
Glasgow-born architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh has left his mark on buildings all over the city. Take a trip to the Glasgow Art School or the Mackintosh House and be wowed by his Art Nouveau touches of brilliance. Alternatively, you can honour the temperance movement and sip tea and eat cake at The Willow Tearooms, designed by Mackintosh himself in 1904. Found on Sauchiehall Street, it’s a quaint setting and the style details continue right down to the little teaspoons.
Shop ‘til you drop
Glaswegians are a stylish bunch. To satisfy their demand for shopping, a wealth of centres and clusters of independent shops have sprung up around the city. The appropriately named ‘Style Mile’ around Argyle Street and Buchanan Street, offers a range of designer, high street and independent shops so you can indulge in some serious retail therapy.
If you’re looking for quiet contemplation and like to gaze at works of art then the GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) should be top of your list of things to do in Glasgow. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a grand statement on the city’s skyline. It’s an interactive space and you’ll be dazzled by suits of armour, engrossed in the rich Scottish natural history and taken on an impressive journey through its historic art collections.
A wander around the exhibitions at The People’s Palace will satisfy your curiosity for the story of Glasgow and its people. When you’re finished you can stretch your legs in the grounds of the Winter Gardens. You’ll also find a Victorian glasshouse where you can relax amongst tropical plants.
Need a breath of fresh air?
You can hire a car in Glasgow and head a few miles out of the city centre to Pollock Country Park. It has 360 acres of woodland and green space to explore so it’s a great option for a family day out. And, this is no ordinary park as it was voted Europe’s Best Park in 2008. It includes walled gardens, walking trails and of course the stately home of Pollok House.
Glasgow’s famed club, the Arches is a cavernous venue which hosts some of Britain’s biggest club nights and a massive variety of gigs. This place is still going strong and you’re sure to find a mixed crowd here. The city’s other nightlife options are abundant and Sauchiehall Street is where you’ll find the main hub of activity. As well as local pubs, you’ll find whiskey and cocktail bars, gig venues and clubs galore.
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