Edinburgh’s rugged younger brother, Glasgow, is beginning to come up trumps in terms of city breaks.
After hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the world has their eyes on this Scottish city and there’s no better time to visit. The city has been rejuvenated by the spotlight of the games and locals are happy to see their tourism industry begin to rocket. This means that you have more hotels to choose from, for your Glasgow visit. However, the things that have always made Glasgow great are still present too; their Victorian architecture, kicking music scene and stunning art galleries.
You could easily spend a few days exploring both the Glasgow School of Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, both of which are encased in beautiful old buildings.
In fact, the architecture itself is a reason to visit; one of the main attractions here is the Victorian Cemetery Necropolis. The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is one of the oldest surviving music halls in the world, and Tenement House goes even further back with an insight as to what Glasgow life was like in the 20th Century.
On the other hand, The Arches are a Victorian Underground Vault, but instead of being treated as a museum it’s now a drinks and events venue. Whilst you’re on your night out, you could easily stop by the Sub Club or King Tuts Wah Wah Hut for one of the many gigs you’ll find in Glasgow. If you fancy a calmer night, there’s heaps of places you can try traditional haggis, and the Tramway Theatre usually has a few artsy shows on.
What you need to know
Two airports, Glasgow International Glasgow International and Prestwick AirportPrestwick Airport, service the city of Glasgow. You can reach the city centre easily using transport links from both of these airports. From Ireland there is a good chance to find a really good deal on your flight, and why not save more. Travel light with cabin luggage only for your city trip, and save money. Need a new bag for your trip? Check out our review 7 of the best carry-on bags.
Laws & Customs
They abide Scots Law, but there are a few odd customs left from previous centuries. There is an ancient law stating if you knock on the door of a Scotsman’s house, they are obliged to let you use their bathroom, and you must never be left in charge of a cow, drunk.
Best time to visit Glasgow
The summer months are the driest and warmest months of the year, so we’d recommend visiting then – even if it can get a little crowded. If you want to explore Scottish nature while you are here, find a good deal on car hire in Glasgow.
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