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A taste of what's to come

Look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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  • Exchange Square in the Merchant City, Glasgow
    Exchange Square in the Merchant City, Glasgow
  • The restored Doulton Fountain in front of the People's Palace, photographed at dusk in the east end of the city of Glasgow.
    People's Palace
  • The Riverside Museum - Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel on the River Clyde
    The Riverside Museum - Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel on the River Clyde
  • The downstairs restaurant area of Ubiquitous Chip
    Ubiquitous Chip

Scotland’s most populous city was the perfect stage for the XX Commonwealth Games. As well as providing world-class venues, extensive transport links and a great range of accommodation, there are plenty of amazing family-friendly attractions, delicious food and drink, excellent shopping and exciting tours to discover across Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

Attractions

It is no exaggeration to say you could spend days taking in the wealth of attractions Glasgow has to offer, from art galleries to museums and many of them are free to enter. Uncover a treasure trove of art and artefacts at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and enjoy the wonderful tales of yesteryear at the People’s Palace and Winter Garden. On the banks of  the River Clyde, marvel at over 3,000 objects and transport displays in the Riverside Museum which detail Glasgow’s past.

Explore Scotland’s oldest public museum, the Hunterian Museum, set in the University of Glasgow. Scientific implements, Roman relics from the Antonine Wall and items from voyages of discovery all make up this unique collection. Fans of art nouveau should visit the many attractions designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, each boasting his unique motifs. For fantastic art visit the Burrell Collection in the city’s Pollok Country Park and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland.

Parks and gardens

Translated from the Gaelic as ‘dear green place’, Glasgow is home to over 90 parks and gardens and has more green spaces per capita than any other European city. 

Visit Kelvingrove Park on the banks of the River Kelvin and take in its Victorian grandeur. Why not follow the Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail which starts at the art gallery and museum?

Also in the west, you can see the Botanic Gardens, where you’ll find attractive walks and the impressive glasshouses. Their temperate climates are idea for the hundreds of tropical plants from all over the world which can be found here.

On Glasgow Green, you can visit the People’s Palace and at the Winter Gardens and see the striking fountain and another beautiful Victorian glasshouse.

Lying south of the Clyde is the splendid Pollok Country Park, Glasgow’s biggest parkland and at nearby at Bellahouston Park, visit House for An Art Lover, a building entirely styled in Mackintosh design, both inside and out.

Away from the city, head to the sprawling Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park where you can enjoy sandy beaches, walks to the top of an extinct volcano and habitats for protected species such as hen harriers. At Milngavie’s Mugdock Country Park follow the short waymarked paths, explore two ruined castles and enjoy activities from horse riding and orienteering to archery and golf. For bird enthusiasts, why not visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Lochwinnoch, one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland?

Food and drink

Whatever your tastes or budget, Glasgow has an amazing variety of places to enjoy delicious food and drink, from fine restaurants to arty cafes and charming tearooms. Explore the streets of the city centre and you’ll find many stylish bars and traditional Scottish pubs. Discover distilleries and breweries for real local favours, or check out the farmers’ markets to sample regional products.

In the west end try mouth-watering dishes at the Glasgow institution, The Ubiquitous Chip, or book a table at Stravaigin where local ingredients are cooked with an eastern influence.

Why not discover why Glasgow holds claim to the title of curry capital of Britain, and check out some of the many restaurants offering flavoursome Indian cuisine.

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Mackintosh and opened in 1904, or head out of the city to the Three Sisters Bake, a bustling, family run cafe in an idyllic country location.

You’ll find trendy bars in the city centre and west end and friendly pubs across the region. For a chilled late night drink, relax at The Grosvenor in Ashton Lane or visit the West Brewery on Glasgow Green.

Shopping

It is said that Glasgow has some of the best shopping outside of London. It’s easy to see why, with the ‘Style Mile’ in the city centre and airy shopping centres, quirky boutiques and vintage wear in the west end. In the Merchant City, look out for arts and crafts and stylish designer stores. Explore the pedestrianised Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street and discover rows upon rows of big high street names in Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre, as well as the elegant Princes Square.

 Further afield, enjoy excellent retail therapy at Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, as well as East Kilbride and the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Itineraries and tours

There are endless ways to make the most of your time Glasgow and a tour is a great way to take in the city’s highlights. Whether you prefer to see the sights on an open-topped bus tour, explore on foot and take in the architecture or enjoy sweeping aerial views from a seaplane, there’s something to suit your preferences.

If you need a bit of first hand advice, pop into one of our Visitor Information Centres and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff who can advise on tours and things to see and do. Why not follow one of our inspiring itineraries?

You'll find that there are great transport links, making it easy to get around to see the best of Glasgow.

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