Glasgow City Breaks
Visitors to Glasgow are greeted with a vibrant city full of attractions that span the spectrum between historical architecture and contemporary venues. Walking tours can lead you through beautiful museums, art galleries, quaint shops and tempting restaurants that fill your day with delightful sights, sounds and tastes of Scotland.
One of the most popular attractions is the Gallery of Modern Art located in the heart of the city. Opened in 1996, the collections by local and international artists reflect modern social issues and have attracted so many visitors it is now ranked the second most visited contemporary gallery of art in the world! The museum offers touring brochures in 6 different languages and has a Saturday art club for children ages 3 to 12 years, making it a great stop for a family on vacation.
Another fascinating destination is the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, where you can stroll through displays examining all the world’s religions, with an emphasis on respect for all belief systems. There are three stories of exhibits including religious art, the Scottish gallery, examples of religious life and the grounds include a beautiful Zen garden.
One of the favorite local museums is the Kelvingrove Museum in the popular West End section of Glasgow, which has recently received a multi-million dollar upgrade to the building which houses such famous art works Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross”. They offer guided tours and the area is easily reached using public transport. The museum is also home to a classic Victorian Park.
A unique experience awaits those who visit the Scotland Street School Museum, which has developed displays to reflect the changing role of the classroom in Glasgow. It is especially exciting for Mackintosh enthusiasts and has many exhibits examining the history of design. The museum even offer a hands-on opportunity to show off design skills with a touch-screen computer in their Mackintosh room!
If you want to take a step into the past, visit the Provand’s Lordship house, originally built as part of St. Nicholas’ Hospital in 1471. This is the only surviving medieval structure in Glasgow, and was donated to the City of Glasgow in 1978. A gift of 17th century furniture by Sir William Burrell helps the visitor experience the inhabitant’s lifestyles, and includes a medicinal herb garden that features plants used in the 15th century for their healing properties.
For those looking to shop them you will find an abundance of shopping in Glasgow. Accepted as having the best shopping in the UK outside London Glasgow has shops to cater for all your needs.