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Glasgow: top 3 things to do
1. Visit the Glasgow Science Centre
At first glance, the Glasgow Science Centre looks more like a UFO that’s landed on the banks of the River Clyde. It’s sci-fi-esque shell is home to a planetarium, the biggest IMAX cinema screen in Scotland, and heaps of interactive exhibits and activities. Explore outer space and delve into an underwater universe, all under one roof.
2. Explore the House for an Art Lover
Glaswegians are incredibly proud of local architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And so they should be. Spend time in Mackintosh’s world at the House for an Art Lover, where you’ll find contemporary art exhibitions, a café and gift shop, and a charming walled garden.
3. Grab a pint at Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery
Whether you’re a Tennent’s lover or just into your Scottish history, Wellpark Brewery fits the bill. Learn how the award-winning lager is made, check out retro Tennent’s packaging and ads, then relax with a pint of Scotland’s favourite brew to round up the tour. You’ll find it on Duke Street, in Glasgow’s East End.
Glasgow: getting around
Wherever you’re setting off from, you can take advantage of extra touches like power sockets and free WiFi on your bus to Glasgow. And don’t worry about that fifth pair of shoes you had to pack, because you’ll also get a 20kg luggage allowance.
You’ll arrive at Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station on Killermont Street, and from there it’s easy to get around. Take a short walk from George Square and you’ll reach Glasgow’s main shopping areas. If you’re packing a lot into your trip, a Daytripper travel ticket might be an idea. It gives you a day’s unlimited travel on buses, the Subway, rail and some ferries around Glasgow, including Loch Lomond. A ticket costs just under £12.
Glasgow: best for nightlife
A night out in Glasgow is legendary. Scope out the city’s music scene at venues like King Tut’s, the O2 Academy and the Royal Concert Hall. Clubbers will be spoilt for choice, with plenty of late-night beats served up by world-famous DJs all over the city. Saturday night at Sub Club on Jamaica Street is definitely one for the bucket list. Last but not least, Glasgow has been voted the UK’s most vegan-friendly city, so give The Project Café or the award-winning Mono a go for dinner.
Glasgow: best for shopping
For some serious retail therapy, it’s all about Glasgow’s Style Mile. Centred around Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street, it has over 200 shops to choose from. From high-street favourites to designer names, every brand is here in force. Plus, there are plenty of coffee shops where you can rest and refuel, and the Willow Tea Rooms – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – is the place for a cuppa and a scone.
If you’re shopping for vintage, head to Glasgow’s West End for retro fashion, second-hand books and antiques. You’ll also find thrift stores and a weekly craft fair in the lively Merchant City quarter.
Glasgow for free: our top 3
1. Discover Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Museum and Park
Start off by exploring the free Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the most visited museum outside of London. You’ll find dinosaur eggs, a painting by Salvador Dali and a World War II Spitfire all happily sharing the limelight. Afterwards, spread out a picnic by the river in Kelvingrove Park.
2. Admire Glasgow Cathedral
While Glasgow has a lot of striking modern landmarks, it’s the 12th-century cathedral that wins the prize for most impressive building. With huge Gothic arches and a beautiful stained glass window collection, it’ll have your camera working overtime. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
3. Visit the Gallery of Modern Art
Right in the heart of the city is the Gallery of Modern Art. Since it opened in 1996, it’s attracted millions of visitors who flock to see paintings by the likes of Hockney and Warhol. There are also exhibits showing the work of Scotland’s most influential artists. The line-up changes all the time, so check the website to see what’s coming up.
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