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Glasgow Travel Guide

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Plan Your Glasgow Vacation

Trendy stores, a booming cultural life, fascinating architecture, and stylish restaurants reinforce Glasgow's claim to being Scotland's most exciting city. After decades of decline, it has experienced an urban renaissance uniquely its own. The city’s grand architecture reflects a prosperous past built on trade and shipbuilding. Today buildings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh hold pride

of place along with the Zaha Hadid–designed Riverside Museum.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Design and architecture The Victorians left a legacy of striking architecture, and Glasgow's buildings manifest the city's love of grand artistic statements—just remember to look up. The Arts and Crafts buildings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are reason alone to visit.
  2. Art museums Some of Britain's best museums and art galleries are in Glasgow. The Burrell Collection and the eclectic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are definitely worth a visit, even on a sunny day.
  3. Gorgeous parks and gardens From Kelvingrove Park to the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow has more parks per square mile than any other city in Europe. Stop by the Botanic Gardens for outdoor theatrical productions in summer, or Bellahouston Park for the annual piping festival.
  4. Pints and great grub Whether you fancy a Guinness in a traditional old-man's pub like the Scotia or one of the converted churches like Òran Mór, there's a pub to fit all thirsts. Locals love their cafés and tearooms; stop by the Willow Tearoom or Where the Monkey Sleeps for cake and a rest from sightseeing.
  5. Retail therapy The city has become known for cutting-edge design. Look for everything from Scottish specialties to stylish fashions on the city center's hottest shopping streets, Ingram or Buchanan, or at the elegant Princes Square.
  6. Burns country Scotland's national poet lived, wrote, and drank in Ayrshire, a great place to appreciate his work. The excellent Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is fitting tribute to his life and work.

When To Go

When to Go

The best times to visit Glasgow are spring and summer. Although you may encounter crowds, the weather is more likely to be warm and dry. In summer ...

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