Glasgow combines the energy and sophistication of a great international destination with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
It has an amazing portfolio of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries – including the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the unique Burrell Collection and the fun Museum of Transport.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Art Nouveau architect and designer left his mark on the city, with his sensuous and magical buildings and interiors. Iconic and individual, a visit to a Mackintosh attraction, such as The Glasgow School of Art or the Mackintosh House, will be inspiring.
Glasgow is also crammed with parks and gardens – living up to its gaelic name of Glaschu, ‘dear green place’. Not only are the city’s open spaces perfect for relaxation, several of its parks are home to a world-class museum or gallery and well worth a visit during a stroll. The beautiful Botanic Gardens, with its Victorian glass houses and magnificently restored Kibble Palace, is also well worth seeing.
Glasgow’s unique style is stamped on its year-round events programme, which offers live performances, festivals, major sporting events and entertainment fifty-two weeks of the year. The city is equally renowned for the quality and diversity of its shopping (the best in the UK outside London!) as well as for its burgeoning restaurant scene.
So whether you are a leisure visitor, conference delegate or here on business, Glasgow has everything in place to make your stay a memorable one.
The city’s shopping credentials are second to none – from designer labels, to high street favourites, to quirky one-off boutiques, Glasgow offers the best in retail therapy. Pack your credit card and don your comfiest shoes, then head to the "style mile" of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street for a piece of shopping heaven.
Fantastic museums and Art Galleries
Glasgow is home to over 20 museums and galleries. From the Museum of Transport to the Museum of Religious Life and Art, there is truly something for everyone. The city’s flagship museum is the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery – an iconic red sandstone building in the west end of the city, which houses precious artwork by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Dali, to name just a few, plus a fantastic natural history collection, armoury and even a beautifully restored Spitfire.
Places to eat
If you’re out for a rather more sophisticated evening then the Merchant city is for you. This area is full of classy restaurants and bars and generally attracts a professional crowd.
Glasgow provides a great base from which to explore the Scottish countryside. In only half an hour, you can be in the spectacular Loch Lomond area enjoying the "bonnie bonnie banks."