Cheap flights to Glasgow
is firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. The city has so much to offer, from its wealth of cultural attractions and year-round programme of events and festivals, to its world-class architecture and design, fantastic shopping and vibrant nightlife. So, it will come as no surprise that the city was named the top in the UK in the prestigious Tripadvisor ‘Traveller’s Choice Destinations on the Rise 2012’ awards.
An extensive range of museums and galleries – many of which are FREE
to visit, showcase Glasgow’s
cultural heritage. Must-sees include the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the fascinating Riverside Museum. Discover the work of Art Nouveau architect, designer and city icon, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and check out some of the hottest new cutting edge art talent at Trongate 103 or Tramway – host venue for the 2015 Turner Prize. The city also has a year-round programme of events and festivals and is home to a number of events, among many others, such as Celtic Connections, Glasgow Film Festival, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Merchant City Festival, Piping Live! and the World Pipe Band Championships. 2014 will be an even bigger year for the city as it plays host to the Commonwealth Games.
As the largest retail centre in the UK outside London, the city’s Style Mile is jammed with a selection of high street stores and designer favourites. The city’s newest retail experience, Buchanan Quarter has just opened with Scotland’s flagship Forever 21 store just one of the great brands on offer.
Looking for something a little quirky? Head to the Merchant City and West End districts where you will uncover some amazing vintage stores, chic boutiques and weekend craft markets.
The Italian Centre is Glasgow's own "mini-Milan", located in the Merchant city. Versace opened their first UK store here and you will discover a selection of Italian designer stores and pavement cafes all under one roof. The architecture is beautiful and it is a stunning place to shop (7 John Street, G1 1HP, +141 552 6368).
Take a step back in time and visit The Tenement House, a typical Victorian tenement flat of 1892, which retains all its original fittings, such as gas lamps, fitted bathroom and the splendid kitchen range (145 Buccleuch Street, Charing Cross, G3 6QN, nts.org.uk/Property/Tenement-House).
Glasgow Green, possibly the oldest park in Britain, contains the wonderful People's Palace, which opened in 1898 as a folk museum for the East End. The park is also home to the Winter Gardens, where you'll find a cafe in which you can enjoy the tropical surroundings. In front of the People's Palace is the largest terracotta fountain in the world. It has five tiers, is 14m high and 21m across the base, making it the third of the width of a football pitch. It cost £4m to relocate and refurbish (Greendykes Street, Saltmarket, G1 5DB).
Nestling at the foot of the Old Kilpatrick hills, Auchentoshan is the closest distillery to Glasgow and produces the only triple-distilled single malt in Scotland. Take bus No.66 (Mountlow) from George Square (by Dalmuir, Clydebank, G81 4SJ, +44 1389 878 561, auchentoshan.co.uk).