GLASGOW – Upfront and stylish, Glasgow is an exciting city whose architecture reflects the exuberance of its Victorian entrepreneurs. In addition to Glasgow’s legendary friendliness, you can add culture, nightlife and superb shopping choice. Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, offering an urban experience of a thousand little details from the lavish decoration of the City Chambers to the ‘craic’ or conversation in the downtown pubs. Second to London, England, Glasgow city has thrived with commerce since before the 18th Century ‘Tobacco Lords’. This great Scottish city has a wealth of cultural choice to explore from museums, Glasgow University, art galleries and more. If you are in Glasgow on business and only have very little time, here’s a one day itinerary in Glasgow city.
Why not try breakfast at Café Gandolfi. Café Gandolfi is a long-standing Scottish cuisine-focused eatery with a menu boasting eight different egg dishes including Hebridean (with Stornoway black pudding) and Alba (with peat-smoked salmon) as well as the traditional Benedict’s and Florentines. Not only does this café offer you a traditional Scottish breakfast but provides a hearty start to your day with French toast, pancakes and homemade scones are also available.
Address: 64 Albion Street.
Glasgow has a large number of museums and galleries, and many are free of charge to visit. Why not try Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Scotland’s most visited free attraction! With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. Close by is also the Kelvingrove Park offering a peaceful, oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy a walk before or after exploring the museum!
Alternatively, the Hunterian Museum, for instance, is Scotland’s oldest museum having opened to the public in 1807. The Hunterian Museum offers a fantastic collection of Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall as well as objects from Captain Cook’s voyages across the Pacific Ocean, alongside scientific instruments and an amazing art collection. This is all set in the historic backdrop of Glasgow University. You can explore the university buildings and just over the road is the Hunterian Gallery and Mackintosh House, which are buildings well worth the visit.
Further array of art galleries and museums await you in Glasgow and those not to be missed include Trongate 103 and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).
Pop into the ‘Chippy doon the lane’ for a quick bite and experience the traditional cornerstone of British culture. The Chippy stands in the centre of Glasgow City offering traditional favourites such as haddock and cod as well as more exotic choices. This friendly restaurant offers a unique addition – a fully heated Marquee on the roof terrace, which can be used all year round! A wide selection of soups and salads are available for those who are more health conscious.
At the heart of the city you’ll find the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. Built on the site where St Mungo is thought to have been buried, it is the only cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have emerged virtually unscathed from the 1560 Protestant Reformation. Admire its splendid Gothic architecture and see the shrine of St Kentigern – also known as St Mungo – an inspiring edifice that dates from the 13th century.
Don’t forget to try and squeeze in a bit of shopping and discover why Glasgow is said to have some of the best shopping in the UK outside of London. The city has a vast array of independent stores and boutiques and a number of pedestrian streets dedicated to shopping, affectionately known as the Style Mile. Explore the Style Mile around Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Merchant City. Or wander into Glasgow’s West End, which offers quirkier, more bohemian shopping options.
There are many dining options in Glasgow but why not try the charming 1930’s ambience of Rogano – Glasgow’s oldest surviving restaurant. For over seventy-five years its chefs have dedicated themselves to the delicate art of cooking and serving the finest fish and seafood in the world from Scottish waters. For all its inimitable style, and its local clientele, Rogano is a friendly place, with a special welcome for the traveller, being perfectly situated with close proximity to the city’s most elegant shops and many of its leading cultural venues. This restaurant has been awarded a double rosette and can be found at 11 Exchange Place, Glasgow, G1 3AN.
Glasgow also has a vibrant nightlife that attracts many visitors from all over wanting to experience the pulsating city after dark. Glasgow is overflowing with pubs, nearly every corner offers a different drinking venue with popular chains to selective whiskey houses, and from fashionable cocktail bars to time-wharped ale taverns.
Every night you will be able to find something different, theatres constantly change performances and music venues are host to a great mix of artists, with Glasgow having the reputation as one of the top locations in the UK for music. Glasgow also offers a fantastic choice in art, theatre and film. It’s home to the Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with an unsurpassed cultural programme.
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Our impressive apartments in Merchant City, Glasgow, are set in a stunningly renovated 1850s building which was once the city bank. The classic Victorian Scots façade was designed by JT Rochead, architect of the Wallace Monument in nearby Stirling. The Merchant City area of Glasgow was at the centre of the Scottish Renaissance as one of Europe’s great cultural hotspots. Our spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom Glasgow city apartments all offer self-catering kitchenettes, daily maid service and technology from DVD players and iPod docks to high-speed internet. We also offer complimentary tea and coffee and an in-house fitness centre.
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