Glasgow Scotland should be put on your list of things to do shortly. From culture to architecture, music, pubs, clubs and breathtaking loch-side adventures just 40 minutes from the city Centre...read on to uncover the renaissance that is unravelling in this vibrant city!
Hot Reason Number 1 - Arts Culture and Festivals
The art and cultural collections in the city have international reach, and the town proudly boasts Robert Burns, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a couple of Turner prize winners. Best of all the museums are all free and run regular high class exhibitions and activities for adults and kids alike. The city boasts magnificent churches, shopping arcades and mansion houses which enhances the experience of visiting this city in Scotland. To boot, unlike Edinburgh there are all year round, visitor pulling festivals occurring in the city, from the west end to the Merchant City.
Hot Reason Number 2 - Discover Your Glasgow Family History
15.10% of Canada total population and 1.9% of the overall U.S. population report Scottish ancestry. A great reason to combine a holiday with finding out more about your family history. The Mitchell library houses the genealogy centre which provides FREE information and advice on tracing your family tree and money off vouchers for the official Scottish genealogy resource if your free searches do not yield enough information. Use in conjunction with the Strathclyde Area Geneology Centre. They offer access to the National Index in Edinburg. A trip to the People's Palace and Winter Garden in the east end of Glasgow will bring you up to speed on the social history of Glaswegians.
Hot Reason Number 3 - Music and Performing Arts with International Reach
Music and the performing arts are like the adorning clothes of this region of Scotland. Every genre imaginable is represented in one of the many venues tucked away in the city. Most of Scotland´s national arts companies including, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the National Theatre of Scotland all are present in Glasgow Scotland.
Glasgwegans like a good night out and the city is well known for its night-life and music scene... it proudly boasts the complete range and most significant number of pubs, restaurants, clubs and related entertainment in Scotland! Glasgow is bursting with activities for most tastes. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants to suit every budget. Glasgow Scotland is known as the curry capital of Scotland, but foodies can also find high calibre gastro delights from the four corners of the world.
Hot Reason Number 4 - Shop till You Drop
Glasgow is the top destination for shopping in the UK outside the West End of London (Experian Retail Ranking 2009). With over 1,500 shops in the city, you are spoilt for choice. The city´s main shopping haunts can be found in the region known as the Style Mile. The famous streets being, Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Ingram Street. The trendy merchant city also provides high-end boutiques.
Hot Reason Number 5 - Loosen Your Top Button and Experience a Glasgow Adventure
Glasgow has over 90 parks, and formal gardens with many offering family activities, ranging from farms trips for kids to fun parks and museums.
Tourism has more or less replaced the shipbuilding industry on Glasgow's riverside. The waterfront provides an excellent selection of leisure attractions and also has a series of proposed developments.
• Glasgow Science Centre - a top-rated Glasgow attraction, including IMAX, science mall, Glasgow tower, planetarium and virtual science theatre.
• The Tall Ship - explores the realities of life at sea.
• Titan Clydebank - Enjoy taking the lift to the top of one of Scotland most massive cranes and view the river, Clyde.
• SECC - a leading conference and entertainments facility.
• Braehead - highly popular shopping Center maritime museum and leisure facilities.
• Renfrew Ferry - a bustling entertainment venue on the River.
• Xscape - Scotland's first indoor real snow ski slope.
• City Inn - a well-established and liked riverfront venue.
• Springfield Quay - cinema, restaurants, casino, bowling and other leisure activities.
• The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are roughly 40 minutes outside the city. Indulge your senses with awe-inspiring loch-side views, shopping and exhilarating sports. Sports such as water sports and water-parks, off-road 4x4, quad bikes, clay pigeon shooting, paintballing and much more!