Glasgow is a vibrant city, modern and historic at the same time. Perfect for mini-breaks or as a base to visit to central Scotland; Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are 25 minutes drive away and Edinburgh and Stirling about an hour. Visitors to the city will find a huge range of activities to fill their time.
The city’s industrial golden age and the subsequent wealth generated have ensured that Glasgow has an artistic and architectural heritage that is the envy of many British cities. Dali, Rembrandt, Rodin and Whistler are a tiny selection of the artists whose work is on regular display in the city’s museums (most of which are free to visit). The Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, The Burrell Collection and the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art will whet the appetite of many art lovers.
The House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park was built in 1989 in homage to Charles Rennie Mackintosh: world renowned architect and designer. Fans of the Mackintosh style will be spoiled for choice in Glasgow. The city was his blank canvas and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland Street School and the Mackintosh House Museum all display his genius in solid form.
Local accommodation: Strathbungo_Self Catering are just a mile away from Bellahouston and the three bedroom apartments offer a home from home for visitors to the city. These three flats benefit from plentiful on street parking and good public transport links into the city centre and beyond.
The River Clyde, for years the source of city’s success splits the city north and south. Although shipbuilding has diminished and merchant vessels no longer frequent the quays, the riverside still has lots to offer. The Glasgow Science Centre is an excellent day out for all the family with talks, hands on activities, interactive displays and a spectacular planetarium. There is also an IMAX cinema if you wish to be fully immersed in your film experience. To the north the Zaha Hadid designed Transport Museum displays a huge range of steam engines, cars, boats and even a replica street. On the quayside the Glenlee Tall Ship is free to visit and evokes some of the halcyon days of Glasgow’s shipping. In the summer months visitors can even take a ferry ride across the Clyde.
Glasgow Riverside is an attractive location for visitors, and here Riverview Self Catering provide a peaceful retreat for any stay in Glasgow. They have the best aspects of city living offering a central location and all modern conveniences.
Glasgow West End of the city offers Victorian parks, laid back coffee shops, boutiques and vintage store. Home to the University of Glasgow the area also has a wealth of restaurants, pubs and clubs to sample. The Botanic Gardens at the top of Byers Road are a tranquil haven in among the bustle of this trendy area. Two glass houses are home to thousands of exotic and tropical plants (including a fruiting banana tree) and a collection of beautiful marble statues. The Kibble Palace has often been used as a backdrop for period dramas and films. As an aside the Glasshouse is a lovely place for a rainy day picnic.
A short walk away from Byers Road brings you to Hyndland, a sought after residential corner of the west end. The red and yellow sandstone tenements offer a back drop to chic boutiques and eateries on Hyndland Road. Hyndland Apartment is a perfect example of these classic Glasgow properties. Sleeping up to 5 in three lavish double rooms. The apartment has retained it’s period features with beautiful fireplaces and cornicing. The oriole window has fabulous views out across to the south of the city. The fully equipped dining kitchen adds to this attractive flat’s appeal.
Glasgow takes great prides in it’s shopping facilities. ‘The Style Mile’ which extends from Sauchiehall Street to Argyle Street offers some of the best shopping outside of London’s West End. Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Quarter and the St Enoch’s Centre are home to hundreds of shops. Exclusive brands such as Ralph Lauren, Agent Provocateur, CRUISE, Pretty Green and Mulberry all have stand alone branches in the city. Even hardened shopaholics will be put to the test by the sheer range of Glasgow’s shopping options.
City Centre Apartment is the ideal base for a visit to the city. A stones throw from George Square and Queen Street Station, it provides accommodation for up to 5 guests in the heart of the action. Close to both the financial district, Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities and many other local attractions. The flat is perfect for holidays or business trips.
Further to the east, the Merchant City is a very stylish quarter of the city centre. Once home to warehouses and stores for tobacco, tea and sugar the streets are named after the ‘Tobacco Lords’ of the day. Having been widely redeveloped it is now home to restaurants, bars, museums and shops. The Tron Theatre and the Design Quarter add to the bohemian feel of the area. If you are a fan of contemporary art then a wander through these streets is a must. The area even stages its own music and arts festival in September. Perhaps the most unusual attraction is The Panopticon Theatre. This living time machine was mothballed in 1938 has recently been reopened to the public.
With so many different attractions, Scotland’s friendliest city is definitely worth a visit. Whether you are interested in history, art, shopping or simply want to paint the town red Glasgow can cater for your needs.
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More information: Glasgow Cultural Visit