One of the treasures of Scotland is its beautiful city of Glasgow. Glasgow is known as Scotland’s cultural capital and one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. It is as much of a city for modern art lovers as history enthusiasts, sports fans and music fans. Glasgow’s grandeur is found in all its corners, from its City Chambers, 12th century old East End, and the Glasgow Cathedral to its famous art galleries, world-renowned museums, Victorian architecture, and nonstop city beat.
The People’s Palace, Glasgow School of Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery are popular stops for any Glasgow itinerary. The Pollok Country Park hosts two top attractions in Glasgow: the Pollok House and the Burrell Collection. These are remarkable art events like none other in the world.
Named a UNESCO’s City of Music, Glasgow offers a plethora of renowned performances, including from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet.
Whether you visit Glasgow during football (soccer) season or not, and watch a match between the Celtic and Rangers, you can get a feel of the intensity of the game year round at the Scottish Football Museum. The Glasgow Warriors are Glasgow’s professional rugby union club, which plays in the European Rugby Championships and Pro12.
Finally, don’t miss walking around Glasgow’s George Square and its statues.
Shopping and Nightlife
Glasgow has had the motto, Glasgow: Scotland with Style, for a reason. Head to the Buchanan Galleries, also known as the Style Mile (or shopper's paradise), for some of the city’s finest shopping. Shops like designer boutiques, high fashion stores, kid's stores, and bargain stores can be found between Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. Composed of mostly popular pedestrian streets in a central location, this area attracts shoppers and entertainers, along with commuters. For additional shopping, head to the St. Enoch Centre, a shopping center where you'll find everything under one roof.
The city is full of famous theaters and other lively venues. Places to enjoy nightlife include the Kings Theatre, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the SECC, The Hydro, The Garage, and Òran Mór (Gaelic for 'great melody of life').
Foods to Try
Glaswegians take food seriously. Some of their favorite dishes include Haggis or Lorne sausage for breakfast, a Scotch pie, porridge, and black pudding. Desert includes scones and of course, shortbread. Don’t forget Glasgow’s reputation for being Britain’s vegan capital, with plenty of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurant options to choose!
Are you a fan of craft beer? The Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery is Scotland’s oldest brewery and definitely worth a visit, with 24 beers on tap and another 200 in bottles. Another option is the authentic Horse Shoe pub near Central Station. For those who enjoy whiskey, go on a tour of the Glengoyne Distillery.
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Popular flights to Glasgow, United Kingdom
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