Glasgow City Guide
Glasgow was European City of Culture in 1990 and the City of Culture tag has allowed Glasgow to showcase many of the facilities created by the city's Victorian philanthropists. Prime among these are the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery housing the richest and most visited municipal art collection in the UK outside of London; the splendid Glasgow Museum of Transport: and the marvellous Mitchell Library, the largest free public reference library in Europe. In Glasgow, serviced apartments at Dreamhouse Lynedoch close to Kelvingrove would make an ideal base for the city.
The City Chambers is Glasgow's jewel, a spectacular building which holds the largest marble staircase in the world. The second largest is in the Vatican at a mere 2 and a half stories while Glasgow's has 3! The building itself is an absolute marvel, all of the marble having been imported from Italy during a period in which Glasgow was a prosperous industrial center, and it certainly shows in the ornate architecture. Fraser Suites Glasgow are centrally located at the heart of Merchant City and one of their serviced apartments could be the perfect place to stay if discovering Glasgow's artistic treasures is high up on your must do list.
The Mackintosh House is the beautiful home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the turn-of-the-century Scottish architect and artist who brought international fame to the city of Glasgow, and an absolute must-see. The Spires Glasgow with its many one and two bedroomed serviced apartments would certainly be a fitting base from which to explore the collection.
The priceless Burrell Collection is housed in a magnificent, purpose-built gallery which was constructed in beautiful Pollok Park to house millionaire shipowner Sir William Burrell's stunning and extensive collection of some 9,000 artefacts which he and and his wife, Constance, donated to the city in 1944.
Anyone wishing to enjoy their stay in Glasgow will enjoy the central location of SACO Glasgow or Olympic House Apartments located in the heart of the vibrant Merchant City near to George Square in central Glasgow and with shopping facilities with Buchanan and Argyle Street just 2 minutes' walk away. In addition Glasgow's theatres, museums and exciting galleries are within minutes of the apartments.
Once you've had your fill of art and architecture, Glengoyne Distillery, perhaps Scotland's most beautiful distillery, with its daily guided tours and whiskey tastings, might be just the tonic! Just a short drive from Glasgow, Stirling and Loch Lomond, this traditional distillery has been flourishing since 1833. Glengoyne's range of tours includes the legendary Master Blender tour where guests create their very own individual whiskey to take home.
Glasgow is home also, of course, to the famous and intense rivalry between Glasgow Rangers and Celtic football clubs so if like sporting endeavour, make your way to Parkhead to sample the unique intensity and atmosphere that only a Derby match can bring. If golf is more your bag then you are well placed for a host of great golf courses being close to the legendary Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick Golf courses.
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What to do in Glasgow
Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Glasgow. Click one to find out more.
Getting around - Glasgow transport tips
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and there are plentiful transport links allowing you to make the most of this remarkable city and the surrounding Clyde Valley. Getting to the City is easy by road, rail, air or even ferry!
By road the M74 motorway runs north and south through Glasgow city centre. If driving in from the south, try a scenic alternative and take the fascinating Clyde Valley Tourist Route, one of the country's National Tourist Routes, which runs alongside the River Clyde and passes many places of historic interest.
If you book a rail ticket to Glasgow there are two main train stations in the city centre, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. These stations are only a ten-minute walk apart, but you can get a shuttle bus between them. Trains from across the country arrive in these stations, with services from the south coming in to Central Station and the majority of trains from Edinburgh and the north arriving at Queen Street Station. The BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass will give you the freedom to explore the surrounding countryside.
The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow. Running every four minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the fifteen stations and costs as little as £1.40 for an adult single to travel anywhere else on the system.
To explore the city centre, you may well find it easier to leave the car behind and continue on foot or by public transport. If you plan on travelling by bicycle there are a network of cycle routes to get you out and about.
Glengoyne Distillery and Whiskey tour
Glengoyne - reputed to be Scotland's most beautiful distillery - is within easy reach from Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Edinburgh, and is open all year round offering in-depth and educational tours!
Glengoyne is now offering a fantastic range of guided tours that take you behind the scenes at the distillery and give you an amazing insight into the production of scotch whisky. From the basic Glengoyne tour where you can warm your cockles with a dram of Glengoyne 10 year old Highland Single Malt Whisky overlooking the waterfall and glen and view a unique film before being whisked off to discover the secrets of Scotland's slowest whisky distillation at this stunning, quirky wee gem of a place; through to the Master Blender Session where you can create your own blend of Whiskey or the decadent Century of whiskey - a tutored tasting of the company's oldest and rarest whiskies, the breathtaking Glengoyne 40 year old and Isle of Skye 50 year old in their own bespoke crystal 'copita' glasses, which you will take home with you.
For more information visit: www.glengoyne.com
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem
Located in the West End of Glasgow the Kelvingrove has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects.
The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant and include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history, and much more. They even have a real Spitfire!
For more information visit: http://bit.ly/jkpBLY
Willow Tea Rooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Welcome to the world famous Glasgow Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904.
The Willow was the only tea room building where Mackintosh had complete control over every aspect of the design. He modelled the exterior as well as the interior of the building and even designed the tea spoons and waitresses' dresses. The Willow name comes from Sauchiehall, the street where it is situated, which in Scottish Gaelic means alley of the willows and the theme of willows featured throughout the building.
The Willow remains open today to welcome visitors keen to experience the splendour of a bygone era and take tea just as they did in the same rooms and interiors 100 years ago.
For more information visit: www.willowtearooms.co.uk
Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Travel and Transport
At the Riverside Museum, the new Museum of Transport, there are over 3,000 objects on display, compared with 1,300 objects previously. These include some old favourites along with some new exhibits to the Collection. One of the new exhibits is the recently acquired South African locomotive, Glasgow Museums' largest object.
Visitors can climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel for vintage public transport by accessing four locomotive footplates, three trams, two subway cars, one train carriage and a bus.
Visitors to Riverside can venture aboard The Tall Ship 'Glenlee', Glasgow's lovingly restored Clyde built ship. The Glenlee was launched in 1898 and today she operates an exciting programme of events and activities. Admission charges apply.
Kelvin Harbour is the city's new hub for river-based activities and services including a cross-river ferry, powerboat rides and a public slipway.
Look out for the historic Kelvinhaugh Ferry No 8 and other vessels belonging to the Clyde Maritime Trust.
Photo reproduced with the kind permission of the Riverside Museum: Riverside_Museum_Ext05
City Sightseeing: Glasgow Tour
If your new to town a City Sightseeing bus tour offers the perfect way to see Glasgow and its museums, art galleries, beautiful parks and buildings. Enjoy the Gothic Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Galleries and the Hunterian Museum. With audio guides in six languages and tickets valid for two days it's the hassle-free way to experience this vibrant Scottish city.
More information on tickets can be found at the Visit Britain Shop
- Fraser Suites Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G1 1LH
From £504 per week / £72 per night
- The Spires Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G1 1BQ
From £693 per week / £99 per night
- Olympic House Apartments, City of Glasgow, G1 3BU
From £553 per week / £79 per night
- SACO Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G1 1HL
From £714 per week / £102 per night
- Dreamhouse Lynedoch, City of Glasgow, G3 6EQ
From £749 per week / £107 per night