Glasgow University dominates the West End, creating a vibrant neighborhood. Founded in 1451, the university is the third oldest in Scotland, after St. Andrews and Aberdeen. (It's at least 130 years ahead of the University of Edinburgh.) The industrialists and merchants who built their grand homes on Great Western Road and the adjacent streets endowed museums and art galleries and commissioned artists to decorate and design their homes, as a stroll around the area will quickly reveal. In summer the beautiful Botanical Gardens, with the iconic glasshouse that is the Kibble Palace, become a stage for new and unusual versions of Shakespeare's plays. A good way to save money is to picnic in the park (weather permitting, of course). You can buy sandwiches, salads, and other portable items at shops on Byres Road.
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