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  • Exchange Square in the Merchant City, Glasgow
    Exchange Square in the Merchant City, Glasgow
  • A mother and child look at the LA198 Spitfire on display in the Life Court of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Fascinating exhibits on display in the Life Court of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • The band Skerryvore perform live at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
    King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
  • Shopping along Buchanan Street
    Shopping along Buchanan Street
  • The downstairs restaurant area of Ubiquitous Chip
    Ubiquitous Chip

Scotland’s largest city has a lot to offer, including a world-class cultural scene and fantastic shopping, which makes it the ideal destination for a city break.

Explore Glasgow

Glasgow is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations, with excellent attractions, places to eat and great evening entertainment. See world renowned works in several museums and galleries - many of which are free to visit - and admire the city’s mix of architecture, perhaps on a bus tour, before enjoying a fantastic meal and night out.

Glasgow has an amazing variety of attractions – but did you know it is also known as the “dear green place” as it is home to more than 90 parks and gardens? Many of these beautiful green spaces also boast attractions within their boundaries so you can enjoy the best of both worlds in the heart of the city.

2014, the Year of Homecoming Scotland, will see Glasgow play host to a number of exciting events. The XX Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August. But Glasgow’s not just for the athletes – you can try out some of the courses and venues for yourself.

An artisit's impression of the cycling track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, GlasgowThe Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is open to everyone and offers training sessions with equipment or you can take a tour of Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football. You can even arrange to play at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre for free, which sits in a stunning location amongst Kelvingrove Park.

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Attractions

One of the first cities to be named a European Capital of Culture, Glasgow boasts a rich artistic heritage and history which can be experienced at its many excellent art galleries, museums and architectural locations.

The spitfire aeroplane in the Life Court at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Take a trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, the Riverside Museum or find out more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, at a number of attractions.

Find interesting works at arts and culture attractions such as Trongate 103, the Centre for Contemporary Arts and Tramway.

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Places to eat

Eating out in Princes SquareExcellent places to eat include award-winning restaurants, including City Merchant restaurant, which serves fresh seafood, Stravaigin which serves Scottish dishes with an Eastern Twist and the fine-dining of The Restaurant at Blytheswood Square. Not to mention the city's famous curry houses.

This city is also well-known for its trendy cocktail bars, such as The Two Figs near Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, as well as traditional pubs like the Hielan Jessie

The city has a long history of tea drinking so why not pop into a tearoom or cafe for a quiet cup of tea and slice of cake? Both the Willow Tearooms and the Art Lovers' Café are ideal for those who want to tour the creations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Eat out in Glasgow

Nightlife

Why not continue your cultural city break long into the night? Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, where you can choose from around 130 live music events a week. Enjoy an ideal night out with a delicious meal, drinks and great performances of opera, ballet, dance, theatre and more.

The SSE HydroEnjoy a smaller, more intimate gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut or see the world’s biggest stars at the new SSE Hydro, Scotland’s new home of live entertainment.

Plan a night out in Glasgow

Shopping

Shoppers on Buchanan StreetGlasgow has some of the best shopping in the UK and has everything you need for some unforgettable retail therapy.

The pedestrianised Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street are together dubbed the ‘Style Mile’ and pack in just about everything you could want from high street to exclusive shopping. The Buchanan Quarter includes many of Scotland's flagship stores and there over 90 shops in the Buchanan Galleries alone.

Browse the independent boutiques and weekend craft markets of Glasgow's West End and Merchant City for unique art pieces, vintage clothing and ideal gifts to return home with.

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Events

The opening concert of the Celtic Connections festival in GlasgowThe city’s cultural streak continues with its busy events calendar. Glasgow is the host of many exciting events and festivals starting with the Scottish music fusion of Celtic Connections in January.  

In 2014 Glasgow will be the place to be, as it hosts the XX Commonwealth Games and the accompanying Festival 2014, as well as many Homecoming Scotland events. Homecoming is a country-wide celebration of all things Scottish and will include a range of excellent events and things to do throughout the year.

Choose from a range of events covering comedy, music, theatre, dance and art. The Glasgow International Comedy Festival takes place in March, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts in April and the West End Festival in June.

The new SSE Hydro will have a variety of world-class and UK acts including The Wanted, Miranda Hart, Elbow and the Harlem Globetrotters. This brand-new venue will also host the 2014 MTV EMA.

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Child-friendly things to do

A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science CentreThere are a host of great family days out to be had in and around Glasgow. Adults and children alike will enjoy experimenting at Glasgow Science Centre, exploring the Botanic Gardens and much more!

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History and heritage

The Riverside Museum, Glasgow The buildings in and around Glasgow tell the area's history through itheir architecture. Visit historic attractions such as the Tall Ship Glenlee at the Riverside Museum, the great Titan Crane on the Clyde and the fascinating Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

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