Glasgow is a city is known for its shipbuilding and heavy engineering during the Industrial Revolution, so many people are surprised by how refined it is. In 2009 it was named one of the top cities to visit by the Lonely Planet. Glasgow is a modern, vibrant metropolis yet it is still home to legendary warmth and generous hospitality. A short break in Glasgow has many possibilities, including shopping, viewing amazing architecture and world-class museums or wining and dining in the city’s fabulous restaurants and bars.
Glasgow has a fantastic portfolio of museums and galleries, many of which are free to visit. Highlights including the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - one of the 15 most visited museums in the world, the unique Burrell Collection in its stunning parkland setting and the cool and contemporary Gallery of Modern Art. Adults and children alike will love the futuristic Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX theatre while lovers of the beautiful game should head to the Scottish Football Museum.
As home to the largest retail centre in the UK outside of London, not only is Glasgow tops for shops but its design means its easy to navigate during long shopping trips. High street malls such as the ultra-modern Buchanan Galleries are just a short stroll from the elegance of Princes Square and Ingram Street, as are the designer boutiques of the Merchant City. The cobbled mews and lanes of the city’s west-end are a treasure trove for anyone hunting antiques and rare books.
The River Clyde was once at the centre of heavy industry but today the riverside has been transformed into a vibrant landscape with a mix of leisure activities to suit both people of any age. Futuristic structures such as the Clyde Auditorium and Glasgow Science Centre dominate the skyline while the magnificent Finnieston Crane and The Tall Ship are evidence of the city’s involvement in the industrial revolution. Once famous for its drunks and disturbances, this city has undergone a remarkable renaissance in the last number of years and is now an amazing city to spend a holiday in.
When in Glasgow….
Make sure to visit the Glasgow Science Centre! Don’t forget to visit the city’s museums as well, especially the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.