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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.

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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 is six weeks of beautiful Christmas fun, happening in the city centre until 31 December. There are free festive events seven days a week at the Square, from concerts to films and live music to cooking. For more information visit glasgowloveschristmas.com.


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

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's great art collections, plus its amongst the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland. There are free daily guided tours at 11 am and 2.30 pm. Argyle Street, nearest underground Kelvinhall.

Explore one of the world's greatest music cities with a Glasgow Music Tour. Find Franz Ferdinand's "Chateau", see the best places for raves and after-parties and discover why Glasgow is loved by bands the world over. (www.walkingheads.net)

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. It was the home, for over fifty years, of Miss Agnes Toward, an ordinary lady who kept all sorts of things others would have thrown away. 145 Buccleuch Street, Charing Cross. 0141 333 0183

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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. (www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/GoMA/Pages/default.aspx)

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.

Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow is home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award winning beers. Their new daily tour takes you behind the scenes with tickets costing £7.50 for adults. (www.tennentstours.com)

Experience Glasgow Central Station like never before with a new tour that takes you down into subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow's streets, visit the railway vaults and hear stories of the famous and infamous. Daily from 9am, www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk.

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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. (www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk)

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.

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries has one of the largest collections of Paisley shawls in the world, as well as ceramics and contemporary art (tel. 0141 889 3151). Other attractions include Coats Observatory (public telescope viewings on Tuesday & Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm), Paisley Abbey and Sma' Shot Cottages.

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