Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city. Located on the west coast, Glasgow was historically an industrial hub, and during the reign of the British Empire was one of the largest shipbuilding centres in the world. These days this vibrant and bustling city is renowned for its shopping, nightlife, museums and many restaurants. Not to mention the fact that the locals have a reputation for being the friendliest folk in Scotland! No visit to Scotland is complete without spending a day or two experiencing this cosmopolitan city.
Here are 5 things not to miss in Glasgow:
Having been renovated in 2006, this splendid museum houses some 8000 artifacts and displays works from the likes of Monet, Dali and Van Gough. You could spend an entire day exploring this free attraction, learning about the rich history of Scotland. Kelvingrove is located on the edge of scenic Kelvingrove Park, in Glasgow’s west end, parking is limited so come early or take public transport.
During the 1800’s Glasgow’s historical Merchant City was home to merchants known as the ‘tobacco lords’. These wealthy business men made their fortunes in shipping mostly tobacco, sugar and tea to the British colonies’. In recent years this area, in the eastern quarter of Glasgow, has been greatly rejuvenated. Spend an afternoon in the Merchant City soaking up the Victorian architecture, boutique shops and variety of tasty eating establishments.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is Scotland’s most celebrated architect. In 1904 he designed the fabulous Willow Tea Rooms in the heart of Glasgow. Located at 217 Sauchiehall Street, the tea house is still open today. This is a great place to experience authentic afternoon tea in a uniquely Scottish setting. They are open daily from 9am – 5pm (apart from Sunday they open at 11am).
The Riverside Museum is Glasgow’s latest attraction and is the new home for Glasgow’s museum of transport and travel. This state of the art building is located on the waterfront, where the River Clyde meets the Kelvin River. For those keen to learn more about the city’s industrial heritage, the Riverside museum is the place. An original tall ship is docked adjacent to the museum, which adds to the experience.
Shopping at the exclusive Princes Square
Located on bustling Buchanan Street, Princes Square is an upscale shopping centre, with many specialty and designer shops. This elegantly designed; three-level shopping mall has over 30 stores and nine restaurants to explore. Princes Square is also a great evening destination. They are open until midnight and have five bars and one night club. A fun place to experience Glasgow’s lively nightlife.
Depending on how much time you have in Glasgow there are no shortages of fun things to do. With Glasgow’s diverse range of attractions on offer there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Glasgow is a Scottish city not to be missed!
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