With famously friendly locals, a lively atmosphere and loads to see and do, Glasgow makes for a great holiday. Set along the River Clyde in the south west of Scotland, the city boasts award-winning museums, excellent restaurants, world-class entertainment and much more, making it an ideal destination for travellers of all ages.
Glasgow mixes distinctive architecture and lush green areas, with beautiful Victorian buildings and a wealth of peaceful parks and gardens. Busy and dynamic, the city has a great atmosphere and is one of the UK’s top shopping destinations. You’ll find major designers in Merchant City and Princes Square mall, vintage and retro stores in the West End, and dozens of high street shops on the pedestrianised Style Mile which is made up of Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street.
With hundreds of prominent restaurants, Glasgow caters to foodies of all tastes. It has been named Curry Capital of Britain no less than four times and has also been voted Britain’s most vegan-friendly city. In Ashton Lane, a cobbled West End street lit with fairy lights, you’ll find some of the city’s favourite restaurants, including the internationally renowned Ubiquitous Chip. The city also promises a great night out, with a huge variety of venues ranging from traditional pubs to stylish cocktail lounges.
The River Clyde provides stunning views, particularly at night when the city lights shine upon the water. Set along the water is the Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2013. Entry is free and gives access to incredible exhibits of model ships, vintage cars and more.
Glasgow has produced many of Scotland’s finest artists, including Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, designed by Mackintosh himself, is a lasting testament to his unique style and vision. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is free to enter and houses an outstanding collection, including works by the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow School.
Glasgow has a fantastic music scene and is home to many of Scotland’s most successful bands and musicians - Franz Ferdinand, Belle & Sebastian and Travis, to name just a few. The city regularly welcomes major international artists and boasts numerous entertainment venues, the newest and biggest of which is the 12,000-capacity SSE Hydro, set to become one of the busiest arenas in the world.
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Top things to do
Stargaze at the Glasgow Science Centre
Located in Pacific Quay by the River Clyde, this fantastic museum boasts a dazzling Planetarium, widely regarded as one of the best in Europe. The centre also houses Scotland’s biggest IMAX cinema and a range of excellent interactive exhibitions.
Afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms
This delightful tea room is Charles Rennie Mackintosh at his most iconic. The architect had complete control over the café’s design, right down to the teaspoons. It’s the perfect choice for afternoon tea, with sandwiches, scones, meringues, cakes and 25 varieties of tea on the menu.
Take a break in Kelvingrove Park
This large Victorian park is the ideal spot for a picnic or a quiet wander, with various walkways and great views of Glasgow University. It also has tennis courts, a bowling green and a skate park, and the excellent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is right next door.
Visit Hampden’s International Football Museum
Hampden Park’s five-star museum has established itself - a must for football fans from all over the world. Here you’ll learn about the men and women who have made the Beautiful Game what it is today, with the option to visit the pitch on a Stadium Tour.
Tour Glasgow School of Art
GSA’s star-studded alumni includes actors Robbie Coltrane and Peter Capaldi, playwright Liz Lochhead and many more. Visitors are welcome to tour the iconic building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and often hailed as his ‘masterpiece’.