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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.

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Shopping

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.

Sightseeing


Glasgow on Ice. Wrap up with your woolly gloves and hat to brave the elements for fun at the ice rink in George Square. Music, singing and festive films for all the family. www.glasgowloveschristmas.com


Go undergound with Glasgow Central Station Tours. You will walk beneath Glasgow's streets, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station. Daily from 10 am. Book online at www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk


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.


The Glasgow Police Museum traces the history of Britain's first police force from 1800 to 1975. 1st floor, Bell Street, Merchant City. www.policemuseum.org.uk


The world's biggest week of piping will see competitors from 15 nations descend on Glasgow on 11 & 12th August. It is the place to be for bagpipe lovers with the World Pipe Band Championships. Its a magnificent and colourful spectacle of pipes and drums, and one not to be missed. www.theworlds.co.uk


Merchant City Festival, 22nd to 30th July. Annual event celebrating the undisputed cultural quarter of Glasgow with over 300 events across 70 venues, it is a spectacular extravaganza featuring music, comedy, film, theatre, visual arts, fashion and much more. www.merchantcityfestival.com

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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall founded in 1857, is the world's oldest surviving music hall and holds regular viewings, exhibitions, bazaars and traditional music shows. Stan Laurel performed here and there is a Blue Plaque in his honour. Nr Glasgow Cross, 117 Trongate, Tel. 0141 553 0840


People's Palace and Winter Gardens. Great Victorian glasshouse and café, plus the history of the people of Glasgow since 1750. If you are doing just one museum on your trip, make it this one. You will not be disappointed. Situated in the Glasgow Green. 0141 276 0788. Admission Free


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.


Drink It In - Tour Glengoyne, one of Scotland's most beautiful and best-known distilleries, and visit the sample room. It's in Dumgoyne, near Killearn, 25 minutes by bus north of Glasgow. https://www.glengoyne.com/

Day Trips


Largs


People's Palace and Winter Gardens. Great Victorian glasshouse and café, plus the history of the people of Glasgow since 1750. If you are doing just one museum on your trip, make it this one. You will not be disappointed. Situated in the Glasgow Green, tel: 0141 276 0789. Free admission.

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