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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.

August 2017
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

July 2017
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/

August 2017
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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