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.
See the city from the famous River Clyde with Glasgow City Cruise. Setting off from various central locations, you can opt for the 90-minute cruise or hop on and off at various attractions along the way, including the Riverside Museum, Braehead Arena and Glasgow Science Centre. clydecruises.com
Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games on 23 July - 3 August, when 70 teams will compete for 1,380 medals to be awarded at 261 medal ceremonies over 14 venues. These include the new Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End. For sport and culture in July, Glasgow will be the place to be. glasgow2014.com
Xscape Braehead is the UK's largest indoor real snow slope and boasts the highest indoor freestanding climbing wall in Europe. Try out the 15m aerial assault course, adventure golf, laser games or interactive soccer at Scotland's ultimate entertainment destination. Or you could just take in a movie at one of the 12 screens that includes the brand new 3D IMAX screen (Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Renfrew, PA4 8XQ, xscape.co.uk).
Paisley: the town that brought you the pattern. Paisley Museum & Art Galleries (museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk) has one of the largest collections of Paisley shawls in the world, as well as a world-renowned collection of ceramics and contemporary art. Other attractions include Paisley Abbey (paisleyabbey.org.uk) and Sma' Shot Cottages (smashot.co.uk), all only a short train ride from Glasgow.