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.
Glasgow Loves Christmas. Wrap up with your woolly gloves and hat to brave the elements for skating in George Square, from 10 am every day. Also free festive events 7 days a week at the Square, from concerts to films and live music to cooking. More info at www.glasgowloveschristmas.com.
Paisley Museum & Art Galleries has one of the largest collections of Paisley shawls in the world, as well as ceramics and contemporary art. Other attractions include Coats Observatory (public telescope viewings on Thursdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm), Paisley Abbey and Sma' Shot Cottages. Its just a short train ride from Glasgow Central.
Theatre Royal. Grab a feel good bit of soul with the smash hit musical, The Commitments, which comes to Glasgow after a record breaking two year run in London's West End. Info and tickets at www.theatreroyal.co.uk.
Skeletons: Life Stories. Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow University.
A fascinating exhibition of reconstructed skeletons. Discover the effects of different living conditions and diseases on the body. Admission free. Nearest subway Hillhead.
For footie fans a visit to the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park is a must, especially as it was once the world's largest football stadium with a record breaking capacity of 183,724 in 1937. Open seven days a week, catch the low-level train to Mount Florida. (www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk)
From 29 September to 2 October, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival will host features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out. www.sqiff.org
The Glasgow Police Museum traces the history of Britain's first police force from 1800 to 1975. Open seven days from 10am (Sundays 12 noon), www.policemuseum.org.uk
CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues, 1 brilliant festival 19 Jan - 5 Feb at various venues. Some of the leading names in folk and world music will perform. Ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops. Tickets 0141 353 8000 online at www.celticconnections.com
Riverside Museum. Scotland's new Museum of Transport. Open 7 days a week and it is free! Only a 10 minute walk from Partick and Kelvinhall subway stations. There is a recreated late-19-century street, full of traditional shops, an old subway station and tramcar. With over 3,000 objects on display you may need a return visit.
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) Royal Exchange is housed in an iconic building located in the heart of Glasgow. It is the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland. The Library at GoMA, houses a café, free internet access terminals, and an extensive collection of art and design books alongside its general books for loan. A great way to spend an afternoon.
As seen on TV, Anita Manning's famous Great Western Auctions is the place to pick up a bargain if you're into antiques, collectables and fine art. For more information visit greatwesternauctions.com.
Glasgow hosts two major music events this month. Now in its 11th year, the Glasgow International Piping Festival, Piping Live! (pipinglive.co.uk), hits town from 8 to 14 August, bringing 40,000 visitors and 8,000 pipers, drummers and performers to Glasgow for the world's biggest week of traditional music. Meanwhile, the World Pipe Band Championships (theworlds.co.uk) will return to its heartland in Glasgow Green on 12 to 13 August. Not to be missed.
Falkirk Wheel is the world's first and only rotating boat lift, costing £84.5 million. You can spend a great day in the Visitor Centre, take a trip on the wheel, one of the special boats or stroll the landscaped gardens. Open seven days. Tel. 01324 19888 or take the train to Falkirk High then Number 3 Red Line bus.
A one hour train journey from Glasgow Central takes you to the lovely seaside town of Largs, with beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Cumbrae and beyond. Take a short trip on the ferry to Millport or visit the award-winning Vikingar and watch a multimedia journey tracing the history of the Vikings.
Steam Doon the Watter with the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Dine and relax with a drink in one of the restored period lounges, or simply watch the world slip by as you enjoy breath taking views.
Escape to the Pollok Country Park on the south side of Glasgow. The award-winning park has a wide expanse of countryside and woodlands, it's also home to Pollock House, boasting over 800 years of history, and the world-renowned Burrell Collection.