A Brief Guide to Glasgow

Glasgow from flickr user Surajit

Today’s post was provided by Nikolai. I’ve visited the lovely Scottish city of Glasgow, and can very much recommend it – it’s a bit more gritty that the perhaps more popular Edinburgh, but has plenty on offer. As this post now explains!

Everyone needs a break once in a while and whether you’ve got family in the area or you’d just like to see what the city has on offer, a weekend in Glasgow won’t disappoint. Scotland as a whole is an incredible county to explore and its largest city is a great place to start. With plenty of deals on Glasgow hotels, your stay needn’t cost a fortune and the central location of the accommodation choices mean that you can explore everything that the city holds with ease.

Whether you’re planning to dine out in style, relish the nightlife or shop till you drop, Glasgow has something for everyone. Plan your itinerary in advance so that you don’t miss anything and try to make some time to appreciate the various cultural spots on offer in the city – as the home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, you can imagine how many architectural and design delights that are ready to be discovered.

Make a list of attractions that you’d like to see so that you’re not too overwhelmed upon your arrival. Museums and galleries are rife in the city and if you’re not careful, exploring them all could mean your time in the city is up before you’ve even gotten started.

The Kelvingrove Museum is awesome if art is a passion while the House for an Art Lover is home to various pieces of art as well as being a piece of art itself, based on original designs by Mackintosh himself. Alternatively, the Riverside Museum on the shore of the River Clyde is home to an amazing transport collection while the 19th century ship, Glenlee is a unique maritime museum in the same area.

Glasgow cloisters from flickr user _skynet

If history and art isn’t your thing, the Glasgow Science Centre will take you on a dynamic journey, including a visit to a state-of-the-art planetarium that will allow you to explore space.

Once your afternoon of exploration is done, you’ll undoubtedly want to feed yourself and the city’s diverse offerings will help to satiate any palette. From the curry houses (Glasgow is known as the curry capital of Britain…) to the gastropubs, whatever you fancy, there’ll be a restaurant to suit.

Glasgow is famous for its night-time revelries, with plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to keep you dancing till dawn. Whether you’re after a quiet pint or a boozy night out, Glasgow is the place to be. The West End is an ideal place to start, with a range of trendy establishments available, including the popular Jinty McGinty’s while The Garage, as Scotland’s largest nightclub, will certainly get the party started.

Following an evening of debauchery, a spot of shopping may be in order once the hangover has worn off and as one of the best shopping centres outside of London, Glasgow knows how to do shopping properly. The Style Mile is home to a range of designer stores while Buchanan Street has two shopping centres for your perusal.

Glasgow has something for everyone – sightseeing, nightlife, culture, shops – plan your stay and have a great night’s sleep in this bustling Scottish city.

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