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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.

Key Areas

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.

May 2017
The Italian Centre, 7 John Street. Tel. 0141 552 6368. Glasgow's own 'mini-Milan' located in the Merchant city. Here you will discover a selection of Italian designer stores and pavement cafes all under one roof. The architecture is beautiful and its a stunning place to relax in.

April 2017
Glasgow Museums Resource Visitor Centre. Book a tour to visit the extraordinary store for Glasgow Museums' vast collection. 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill. Advance booking required. First Bus services 10 and 57 stop nearby. Five minutes from Nitshill Station.

June 2017
Visit the cottage in Alloway where Scotland's best-loved poet, Robert Burns, was born. Walk across the Brig O'Doon and see the world's most important Burns collection at the Robert Burns National Heritage Park. www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

June 2017
Helensburgh, renowned 'Garden City of the Clyde', is just a train ride from Glasgow Queen Street (lower level) with lovely views en route along the River Clyde. This beautifully laid out Victorian seaside town is home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House, which is worth the visit alone. The town is also notable as the birthplace of John Logie Baird, the inventor of television.

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