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.
Glasgow Loves Christmas. Wrap up with your woolly gloves and hat to brave the elements for skating in George Square, from 10 am every day. Also free festive events 7 days a week at the Square, from concerts to films and live music to cooking. More info at www.glasgowloveschristmas.com.
Paisley Museum & Art Galleries has one of the largest collections of Paisley shawls in the world, as well as ceramics and contemporary art. Other attractions include Coats Observatory (public telescope viewings on Thursdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm), Paisley Abbey and Sma' Shot Cottages. Its just a short train ride from Glasgow Central.
CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues, 1 brilliant festival 19 Jan - 5 Feb at various venues. Some of the leading names in folk and world music will perform. Ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops. Tickets 0141 353 8000 online at www.celticconnections.com
A one hour train journey from Glasgow Central takes you to the lovely seaside town of Largs, with beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Cumbrae and beyond. Take a short trip on the ferry to Millport or visit the award-winning Vikingar and watch a multimedia journey tracing the history of the Vikings.
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