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.
Loch Lomond Shores, gateway to Scotland's first National Park, is a fantastic leisure and shopping experience, home to famous brands and also the Loch Lomond Antiques and Art Centre. Visit the aquarium in the Drumkinnon Tower, which also has a 350-seat cinema. Bus services 204, 205 and 215 from Glassford Street or train from Queen Street Station to Balloch (tel: 01389 751 031, lochlomondshores.com).
Living With War is an exhibition of work from Glasgow Museums' art collections featuring international artists' responses to the effects and prevalence of war and conflict around the world. Entrance is free (until 9 March 2014, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH, +141 287 3050, museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk).
Wrap up in your winter woolies to brave Glasgow on Ice. Expect ice skating, music, singing and festive films for all the family (from 23 November 2013 - 5 January 2014, George Square, G2 1AL, glasgowloveschristmas.com).
Loch Lomond Shores, gateway to Scotland's first National Park, offers a fantastic leisure and shopping experience. Browse big-name brands, pay a visit to the Loch Lomond Antiques & Art Centre and visit the aquarium in the Drumkinnon Tower, which also houses a 350-seat cinema. Get there on bus services 204, 205 and 215 from Glassford Street or train from Queen Street Station to Balloch (Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8QL, +1389 751 031, lochlomondshores.com).