In 1999, Glasgow was the UK’s City of Architecture and Design and its display of architectural wonders are definitely an attraction. Central Glasgow has Manhattan-style town planning with far-reaching vistas of the city’s Victorian buildings dotted with medieval and present day accents. But it’s the works of celebrated son, designer, and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art Nouveau Glasgow style that will take your breath away.
The city’s arts scene has been described as world class with over 200 art organizations. The cutting edge productions by the Scottish Opera at Glasgow City Centre and the Scottish Ballet at Glasgow West End along with high profile exhibition attractions led to the city being crowned a European City of Culture.
Museum and gallery enthusiast can enjoy Glasgow’s rich history and art culture by visiting one of its many attractions:
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- The Mackintosh House
- The Burrell Collection
- Gallery of Modern Art
- Scotland Street School Museum
- St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery can be viewed from Glasgow. Don’t miss the rolling hills of Clyde Valley, the walking country of East Dunbartonshire, and the rich history filled day excursions to New Lanark, Biggar, Greenock, Gourock, Hamilton, and Paisley.
Glasgow is also a shoppers’ paradise with the Italian Centre in Merchant City, the exclusive designer label shops on Ingram Street, and the boutiques of fashion in the West End. Who wouldn’t want to pull out a chair to relax from a full day of shopping onto the cobblestone lined Ashton and Creswell Lanes’ countless cafes and bars?