Top Reasons to Go to Glasgow

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.

Art museums: Some of Britain's best art galleries are in Glasgow. The Hunterian Art Gallery, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art are worth a visit, even on a sunny day.

Gorgeous parks and gardens: From Kelvingrove Park to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, the city has more parks per square mile than any other in Europe. Stop by the botanic garden for outdoor theatrical productions in summer, or Bellahouston Park for the annual piping festival.

Pints and great grub: Whether you fancy a Guinness in a traditional old-man's pub like the Scotia or a Pinot Noir in a fashionable wine bar, there's a place to quench all thirsts. Locals love their cafés and tearooms; stop by the Willow Tearooms or Where the Monkey Sleeps for cake and a rest from sightseeing.

Retail therapy: The city has become known for cutting-edge design. Look for everything from Scottish specialties to stylish fashions on the City Centre's hottest shopping streets, Ingram or Buchanan, or at the elegant Princes Square.

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