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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
Be spellbound with Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre. Since 1996, they have gained a reputation as one of the city's hidden treasures. Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light. Simply wonderful (103 Trongate, G1 5HD, sharmanka.com).
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's great art collections plus it's among the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland. Free daily guided tours at 11am and 2.30pm (Argyle Street, G3 8AG, glasgowlife.org.uk/museums).
Visit the park where Scotland's best-loved bard was born in the Burns family cottage in Alloway. Walk in Tam O'Shanter's footsteps across the Brig O'Doon and see the world's most important Robert Burns collection. Trains run regularly from Glasgow Queen Street. Local bus service to Alloway (Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ, burnsmuseum.org.uk).